Tooth Extractions

While it’s always our goal to care for and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases when removing a tooth is in your best interest. We work to make extractions as easy as possible so you can concentrate on a quick recovery.

The Process of Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket. The process itself is relatively quick, and anesthesia is used to ensure the patient’s comfort. However, the most important aspect of the procedure is the recovery period. During this time, it’s crucial to control bleeding and encourage proper healing by avoiding any activity that may disturb the blood clot. Additionally, applying ice to the outer cheek and rinsing the extraction site with warm salt water can help manage swelling and keep the area clean.

graphic showing a tooth extraction
  • When and why are wisdom teeth removed?

    Wisdom teeth, the final set of molars, typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties. Due to their often slanted growth and limited space, they commonly lead to issues like crowding and potential collision with neighboring teeth. Consequently, about 85% of adults opt for their removal to prevent such complications.

  • How can I prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    After tooth extraction surgery, a blood clot forms to initiate the healing process. If this clot becomes dislodged, it can cause pain, known as a dry socket. To avoid dry socket: 

    1. Refrain from using straws or anything that creates suction in your mouth. Also, avoid smoking as it can dislodge the blood clot, and the chemicals in cigarettes may prevent healing or cause infection. 
    2. Eat only soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes for the first one or two days after the surgery. 
    3. Please consult your doctor about any medications you take to ensure they will not interfere with the healing process. 
    4. Maintain proper oral hygiene by keeping your mouth clean and use an antibacterial mouthwash. 
    5. Follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions for oral care to promote faster recovery. Read further for more information on caring for your wisdom teeth after the procedure.
  • What causes the need for tooth extraction?

    Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Generally, teeth are extracted when they are damaged by decay or trauma beyond repair by a crown or filling. But there are also other reasons for tooth extraction, such as extra teeth that obstruct others, baby teeth that don’t fall out before permanent teeth emerge, orthodontic treatment, or wisdom teeth that are often extracted for medical reasons.

More questions?

If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Old Betsy Dental of Keene

104 S Old Betsy Rd
Keene, TX 76059
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Old Betsy Dental of Joshua

3513 SW Wilshire Blvd
Joshua, TX 76058
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