If you need to have your tooth extracted, Dr. Ashlea Drakeford at For You Dental offers safe and affordable tooth extraction treatment in Dallas, Texas.
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures in dentistry. Extraction is necessary when a tooth can no longer be saved due to severe infection or when it is damaged beyond repair because of injury, trauma or accident.
Tooth extractions can either be simple or require more involved surgery. A simple extraction refers to the removal of a tooth that can be visibly seen in the mouth. While a surgical extraction refers to the removal of a tooth which is still below the gumline or which has not yet come out. Surgical extraction may also be needed for a tooth which has been damaged, but its roots haven’t yet been removed. In this case, Dr. Ashlea Drakeford will have to make an incision on the gums to surgically remove the roots and other broken parts of the damaged tooth.
If you need to have your tooth extracted, visit For You Dental in Dallas, TX, and have Dr. Drakeford and her team of dental care professionals safely and efficiently remove your tooth with our latest technologies and modern equipments in dentistry.
What are the reasons for undergoing a tooth extraction?
Some of the reasons why a tooth extraction may be needed are the following:
- A tooth has become loose and there’s no other choice but to extract it.
- A baby tooth has not yet fallen out, but a permanent teeth is already growing out.
- Some people have an extra tooth that blocks another tooth from coming out.
- There is overcrowding of teeth in the mouth.
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
- There’s a malpositioned or non-functioning teeth that may only result in possible oral complications.
- Infected tooth that can no longer be saved.
- When some teeth need to be extracted in order to give room for the teeth that are being moved into place through the use of orthodontic braces.
- When a tooth has to be extracted to eliminate risk of infection after an organ transplant has been performed.
If you suffer from any of the above-mentioned conditions, Dr. Drakeford would most likely recommend a tooth extraction for you. To be sure, visit For You Dental so that Dr. Drakeford can conduct a more thorough examination of your teeth and mouth and so that she can determine if tooth extraction would indeed be the best procedure for you.
What should you expect prior to the tooth extraction procedure?
If you have any questions or any concerns regarding the procedure, ask Dr. Drakeford about what will happen before, during and after the tooth extraction. For YouDental aims to give our patients the best dental experience so we always strive to keep our patients well informed about the dental procedures that they are about to have.
Prior to your tooth extraction appointment, it is expected that Dr. Drakeford will inquire about your dental and medical history so that she can determine any possible conditions that may affect the procedure. In line with this, patients must disclose any allergies, recent surgery or any medications that they are currently.
X-rays may also be taken especially if a surgical tooth extraction will be performed so as to determine the size, shape and position of the roots. Depending on the anticipated complexity of the case, Dr. Drakeford will administer either a local anesthetic, or a sedation anesthetic along with a local anesthetic.
What should I do after the tooth extraction procedure?
Dr. Drakeford will give you detailed instructions on what to do after having your tooth extracted and this includes giving prescription for painkillers when necessary especially after the effects of the anesthesia have worn off.
Generally, your tooth extraction aftercare would require you to observe the following:
- Avoid rinsing your mouth within 24 hours after the tooth extraction;
- Avoid drinking hot drinks or eating soup right after the procedure as hot food and drinks may encourage bleeding;
- Avoid any strenuous activities right after your tooth extraction;
- After the first 24 hours, rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water every after meals;
- Stick to a soft or liquid diet for a few days after the procedure especially if a surgical tooth extraction has been performed;
- Quit smoking to help the chances of a healing without complications;
- Continue brushing and flossing your teeth, but avoid the teeth and gum next to the extraction socket.