Extraction

Perio Health Professionals

Board Certified Periodontists located in Houston, TX

Poor oral health affects your personality, self-confidence, relationships, and success, and is often associated with diabetes, heart disease, strokes, or premature births. Depending on your diagnosis, one way to improve your dental health is through extractions. If you need an extraction, the experts at Perio Health Professionals in Houston can help. Call or reach out to us via e-mail to schedule an appointment.

Extraction Q & A

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What are extractions?

An extraction is when a tooth has to be removed from its socket in the bone. There are two types of extractions performed by the specialists at Perio Health Professionals:

Simple extractions

Simple extractions are performed on teeth visible in your mouth.

Surgical extractions

Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure and are necessary if your tooth is broken off at the gumline, if soft tissue needs to be removed to access it, or if the tooth needs to be sectioned in order to remove it.

When do you need to have a tooth extracted?

There are a variety of reasons to have an extraction performed at Perio Health Professionals, including:

  • A deep infection
  • Overcrowded or poorly positioned teeth
  • To allow an adult tooth to come in
  • To prepare for braces
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth injury
  • Impacted teeth that cause problems

How are extractions performed?

Before the procedure, one of the doctors at Perio Health Professionals reviews your oral and medical histories and takes X-rays to determine the best course of action based on any infections, tumors, or bone disease, and the tooth’s relationship to the rest of your mouth and sinuses.

A simple extraction involves the use of local anesthesia to remove the tooth without pain. An instrument called an elevator loosens the tooth and then forceps help remove it.

A surgical extraction involves one of the doctors at Perio Health Professionals making a small incision into your gums to remove the tooth, as well as some of the bone around it. Your tooth may have to be cut in half to extract it and you may receive conscious sedation for the procedure.

Conscious sedation is another anesthetic option for extraction, particularly for children and those with specific medical or behavioral conditions.

Regardless of the type of anesthesia, steroids and antibiotics help relieve swelling, inflammation, and infection.

What happens after an extraction?

A small amount of bleeding is normal until a blood clot forms in your mouth. Any numbness subsides within a few hours, and ice keeps the swelling to a minimum.

You should eat only soft foods and refrain from the following for at least 24 hours to avoid dislodging the clot:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing on the side of your mouth where the extraction occurred
  • Using a straw
  • Spitting

Regardless of why you need a tooth extraction, it is essential to have a qualified specialist perform the procedure. Call or reach out to us via e-mail to schedule an appointment at Perio Health Professionals in Houston.

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