Dentistry of Highland Village

Preparing For A Tooth Extraction in Houston, TX

Your Guide To Tooth Extraction Preparation at Dentistry of Highland Village

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jaw bone. At Dentistry of Highland Village, extraction may be necessary for various reasons, including severe tooth decay, infection, gum disease, overcrowding, or to make room for orthodontic treatment.

If our experienced Houston, TX, dentists, Drs. Amy Milman, Mili Shah, and Rushi Dave, have recommended tooth extraction to protect your oral health, it’s beneficial to understand the process and be prepared. Explore our guide to learn more about how you can prepare for your extraction at our Houston dental office or call us at (713) 360-7700.

Types of Tooth Extraction Procedures

There are two main types of tooth extraction:

  • Simple Extraction: This type of tooth extraction is for teeth visible above the gum line that can be easily removed with forceps. Our dentists often use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to ensure a painless treatment.
  • Surgical Extraction: This type of tooth extraction is for teeth that have not yet erupted or have broken off at the gum line. An incision is made in the gums to access the tooth, and our dentist may separate it into pieces for removal. General anesthesia or dental sedation can keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.

Knowing which type of tooth extraction you need can help you feel more prepared for the day of your procedure. Our dentists will inform you whether a simple or surgical extraction is necessary after examining your teeth and gums.

Preparation For Tooth Extractions at Our Houston Dental Office

Preparing for tooth extraction atYoung man sitting in the dental chair giving a thumbs up Dentistry of Highland Village involves several steps to ensure a successful procedure and a smooth recovery, including these essential tips:

  • Consultation With Our Dentists: One of our dentists will examine your teeth and gums and take X-rays to determine the best action for your tooth extraction. They’ll also review your medical history and discuss any medications you’re taking.
  • Arrange for Transportation: If you’re receiving dental sedation or general anesthesia, you won’t be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. Arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home.
  • Plan for Time Off: Depending on the complexity of the extraction, you may need to take a day or two off work or school to recover. Plan to ensure you have enough time to rest and recuperate.
  • Follow Pre-Operative Instructions: Our dentist will provide you with instructions on what to do before the procedure. These instructions may include fasting, stopping certain medications, and avoiding smoking.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Choose loose-fitting clothing that allows easy movement while you undergo the extraction process at our Houston dental office.

Aftercare for Tooth Extractions at Dentistry of Highland Village

After your tooth extraction at our Houston dental office, we recommend doing the following to ensure a smooth healing process:

  • Follow the instructions provided by our dentist.
  • Avoid smoking, spitting, or using a straw for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods and stick to soft foods for the first few days.
  • Apply an ice pack to the cheek near the extraction site to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Take any prescribed medications and antibiotics as directed.
  • Keep the extraction site clean by gently rinsing the mouth with salt water.
  • Avoid vigorous brushing around the extraction site for a few days.
  • Avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol.
  • Attend follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor healing and ensure no complications.
  • Contact our Houston dental office if you’re experiencing severe pain that persists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether or not you can eat before your extraction depends on the specific instructions provided by our dentist. In some cases, we may instruct you to fast for a certain period before the procedure.

Our dentist may instruct you to avoid certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin or blood thinners. Make sure to disclose all medications and supplements you’re taking with our dentist.

Whether you can drive home depends on the pain management method used during the procedure. If you receive sedation or general anesthesia, you’ll need a responsible adult to drive you home and monitor you for a few hours.

Our dentist will provide specific instructions, but in general, we recommend waiting at least an hour after the procedure before eating or drinking anything. Avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours to prevent dislodging the blood clot that forms at the dental extraction site.

Call Now & Learn How To Prepare for Your Upcoming Tooth Extraction!

By following the instructions provided by our dentists at Dentistry of Highland Village, you can minimize the risk of complications and promote proper healing after your tooth extraction. It’s crucial to disclose all medications and supplements you’re taking, arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the appointment, and follow any pre-operative instructions provided. Remember to ask any questions about the procedure or aftercare and attend follow-up appointments as directed.

With proper preparation and aftercare, you can minimize discomfort and achieve a successful recovery after tooth extraction at our Houston dental office. To schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists, contact Dentistry of Highland Village today at (713) 360-7700. We proudly serve patients from Houston, Pasadena, Sugar Land, Pearland, and surrounding areas in Texas.



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