Tooth Extractions Specialist

Nobody likes getting a tooth pulled, but sometimes it is necessary. The dental professionals at Killeen Family Dentistry in Killeen, Texas work with patients, so they understand how the procedure and why they need it. Patient education is an integral part of managing anxiety, but the office also offers sedation options for the patient to help put them at ease. If you or a member of your family needs a tooth pulled, click or call for more information and a consultation.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Killeen Family Dentistry

What is a tooth extraction?

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:

  • A fractured tooth
  • A severely infected tooth
  • An impacted tooth
  • Advanced gum disease

It’s always preferable to save the natural tooth, but when that’s not possible, it’s essential to remove it.

What happens after the tooth is out?

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.

Does a tooth extraction hurt?

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).


Most Insurances Accepted

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.

Aetna
BCBS
CHIP
Delta Dental
DentaQuest
Guardian
Humana
MCNA Dental
Medicaid
MetLife
United Concordia
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Killeen Family Dentistry
3300 East Central Texas Express Way, Suite 302
Killeen, TX 76543
Phone: 254-218-6349
Fax: 254-699-3465
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