Tooth Extractions In Houston, Tx 77042

A tooth extraction can occur for a variety of reasons. However, the overall reason is that the tooth is no longer viable. What may cause a tooth to reach this stage varies, but the end result is the same.

Why would a tooth need to be extracted?

Teeth may need to be removed if they have excessive amounts of decay, if they’re infected, or if there is crowding that cannot be fixed by an orthodontist. Some people who are undergoing chemotherapy also have teeth removed as the body cannot keep the mouth healthy because it’s focusing on fighting the cancer. Teeth are extracted during this time in order to help keep your mouth healthy.

You may also be having teeth extracted because you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed.

Who performs a tooth extraction?

A dentist or an oral surgeon will conduct a tooth extraction pending the severity and underlying reason for the extraction. Typically, an oral surgeon will do the extraction if there is more than one tooth being pulled and if the underlying reason is something severe such as chemo. Teeth extraction is often a quick, outpatient procedure. You may undergo anesthesia, but some dentists will only apply a local anesthetic to the area. It depends on the patient.

If the teeth being removed are impacted, below the gums, or severely broken, you may need a more extensive surgery and will likely see an oral surgeon as well.

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Preparing for a tooth extraction

Luckily, tooth extraction procedures do not require much pre-op care. Your only job is to keep your mouth clean and possibly take antibiotics a few days prior to reduce the risk of an infection. Pending the severity of your extraction, your dentist/oral surgeon may ask you not to eat the night before or day of surgery, but this is dependent on the patient.
You’ll need to inform your dentist/oral surgeon if you have any of the following conditions as they pose health risks after surgery:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hypertension
  • A congenital heart defect
  • Any artificial joint or bone
  • replacements in the head or jaw
  • An impaired immune system
  • Liver disease
  • Prone to excessive bleeding

What are the risks and recovery time?

The risks during and post tooth extraction are rare, but they include:

  • Infection – fever, chills, excessive pain
  • Cough
  • Swelling of the surgical site
  • Prolonged bleeding that lasts more than 12 hours
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Lack of blood clotting

Recovery time:

Recovery time depends on the severity of the procedure needing to be had. However, there is an overall average for the majority of patients.
Typically, you’ll need a few days to fully recover from a tooth extraction. Most of the time, you can expect to be back to your normal self without 3-5 days. In order to expedite this process (or at least insure it goes smoothy) you’ll need to do the following:

  • Appy an icepack to the outside of the surgical area for 10 minutes at a time to help keep swelling down
  • Leave the gauze on the surgical area for at least 3-4 hours to help with clotting
  • Do not use a straw as this can dislodge the blood clot
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid the surgical site when brushing and flossing
  • Take any medications prescribed by the dentist/surgeon
  • After 24 hours has passed, rinse your mouth with warm water and about a teaspoon of salt
  • Take it easy! You just had surgery!