Tooth extraction means removing a tooth from the mouth.
It's among the least popular dental procedures do but one that's sometimes necessary. There are many reasons one of the dentists at Killeen Family Dentistry might recommend this procedure.
Teens, for example, often undergo wisdom teeth removal, which is the extraction of up to four teeth. Other common reasons for tooth extraction include:
It’s always preferable to save the natural tooth, but when that’s not possible, it’s essential to remove it.
That depends on numerous factors, including why it was extracted.
Often the remaining teeth will shift to fill the void, especially if overcrowding is the reason the dentist suggested pulling the tooth. As such, patients will sometimes have another procedure done to replace the tooth, too.
Many opt for dental implants, for instance, to put a new, prosthetic tooth in that socket and avoid the shifting of the remaining teeth. If the problem tooth is in the back, the wisdom tooth, replacement might not be necessary.
The truth is, it sounds worse than it is for most people. Killeen Family Dentistry offers sedation options that can make it more comfortable for their patients.
Once the tooth is out, the patient will bite on gauze for about 30 minutes to keep the bleeding in check. The staff will work with patients to help prevent complications of tooth extraction, such as an infection, by providing post-procedure instructions. A cold pack will help relieve some of the pain after the procedure.
Patients should come to the office wearing comfortable clothing to make the trip home more comfortable. They should also arrange for someone else to take them home, and stick to soft foods for a while (tooth extractions mean plenty of pudding for kids).
At Killeen Family Dentistry, we take almost every insurance and are also in-network with almost every insurance. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
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