Understanding Why Tooth Extractions Are Sometimes Necessary
Although tooth enamel is sturdy, your teeth are not exactly invincible. Sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable to restore your oral health. Waco Oral Surgery & Dental Implants provides surgical tooth extraction for Waco, TX-area patients for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you’re experiencing crowding issues and there are valid orthodontic reasons for removing a tooth before getting new braces. Maybe you’re undergoing chemotherapy and an infected tooth needs to be pulled to keep your mouth healthy. Perhaps your wisdom teeth have come in impacted, or you have a few baby teeth that never came out. Whatever the case may be, our tooth extraction procedures are always performed after consulting your general or referring dentist. We also keep in direct contact with the referring dentists, keeping them well-informed of each patient’s date of surgery and progress.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Common Among Teens and Adults
Many of our patients are referred to us for wisdom teeth surgery. Your wisdom teeth, or your third molars, usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, wisdom teeth must be removed because they’re impacted and are causing damage or infection to adjacent teeth. Not all issues caused by your wisdom teeth are apparent, and the longer you wait to have them removed, the more likely you are to experience an infection or further complications. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common tooth extraction procedures teens and adults need at Waco Oral Surgery & Dental Implants.
Tooth Extraction to Prepare Your Mouth for Dental Implants
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants make a convenient option for many of our patients. Implants have a natural look, feel, and functionality that make them one of the most attractive dental restoration methods available. Whether someone has lost permanent teeth because of gum disease, infection, trauma, or tooth decay, dental implants replace single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants prevent bone loss and reduce the appearance of sagging facial tissue as people age. Tooth extraction may be necessary to prepare your mouth for dental implants, especially if you have a broken tooth that needs to be extracted and replaced, although this isn’t typical.
Getting a Tooth Pulled by Our Board-Certified Oral Surgeon
Our oral surgeon, Dr. Larry J. Pritchard, D.D.S., is board-certified to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery in Waco, TX. This means he has completed the highest level of academic achievement and residency training to provide surgical tooth extraction procedures. General extractions are performed in-office in our surgical suite under local anesthetic or IV sedation. Because we understand that many patients feel apprehensive about oral surgeries, we always take the time to explain what you can expect before, during, and after a tooth extraction procedure. Before your tooth extraction, we’ll likely want to take an x-ray and go over your complete medical history. If you have an impaired immune system or you’ll soon need a treatment involving an intravenous drug called bisphosphonate, this should be discussed thoroughly with your referring dentist and oral surgeon to help you avoid complications, which may include infection or a rare condition called osteonecrosis (death of the jawbone).
What to Expect During a Surgical Tooth Extraction Procedure
On the day of your dental extraction, you should plan on wearing loose-fitting clothing and refrain from smoking, eating, or drinking beforehand. A simple tooth extraction may only require a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth and forceps to remove it. A surgical tooth extraction generally requires a small incision in your gum and IV sedation to render the patient unconscious during the procedure. If your tooth is broken or impacted, we may need to remove some bone around your tooth or cut into the tooth itself before we can extract it. You’ll likely need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home. We’ll provide careful post-op instructions for tooth extractions to promote your healing process, although some bleeding, swelling, and redness may be expected after a surgical tooth extraction.
Have Questions About Dental Extraction in Our Waco, TX Suite?
Perhaps you still have questions about dental extractions performed in our Waco, TX surgical suite. Please feel free to reach out to Waco Oral Surgery & Dental Implants to request a consultation with Dr. Pritchard. Our knowledgeable, compassionate staff would be happy to alleviate some of your anxieties about getting a tooth pulled. For your safety, our surgical tooth extraction procedures are performed in a sterile environment using up-to-date techniques and equipment. Dr. Pritchard and the rest of our staff strive to exceed your expectations for providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed setting. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any general tooth extraction concerns!