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Surgical Tooth Extractions in Houston, TX

Surgical Tooth Extraction: A Guide by Dentistry of Highland Village

If you’re in need of a surgical tooth extraction, you can count on the skill of our Houston dentists, at Dentistry of Highland Village. We understand that the prospect of this procedure may seem daunting, but our team is dedicated to ensuring a comfortable and stress-free experience for our patients. To schedule your surgical tooth removal appointment or learn more, please contact our Houston, TX, dental office at (713) 360-7700.

What Is Surgical Tooth Extraction?

Surgical tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This method is typically recommended when a tooth cannot be extracted using traditional methods, such as when it’s impacted, severely damaged, or has extensive decay. Wisdom teeth removal often requires surgical extraction. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure your comfort, and it typically takes only one visit to our Houston dental office.

Reasons for Surgical Tooth Extraction

There are several reasons why our dentists may recommend a surgical tooth – extraction procedure, including:

  1. Impacted Teeth: When a tooth is unable to erupt properly and remains trapped beneath the gum line, it can cause pain, infection, and other dental issues. Surgical extraction is often necessary to remove impacted teeth safely.
  2. Extensive Tooth Damage or Decay: If a tooth is severely damaged or decayed beyond repair, surgical extraction may be the best option to prevent further complications and preserve your overall oral health.
  3. Orthodontic Treatment: In some cases, a tooth may need to be extracted to create space for proper tooth alignment during orthodontic treatment.

The Surgical Tooth Extraction Process

At Dentistry of Highland Village, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the surgical tooth extraction process. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Anesthesia: Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. In some cases, dental sedation or general anesthesia may be recommended for your comfort and relaxation.
  2. Incision and Extraction: Our dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and surrounding bone. Using specialized instruments, they will carefully loosen the tooth from its socket and remove it. If necessary, the tooth may be divided into smaller pieces for easier extraction.
  3. Closure and Aftercare: Once the tooth is removed, the extraction site will be cleaned, and stitches may be placed to close the incision in the gum tissue. A gauze pad will be applied to help stop bleeding and promote clot formation, an essential part of the healing process.

Surgical Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Proper aftercare is crucial for a smooth and successful recovery after your surgical tooth extraction. Our team at Dentistry of Highland Village will provide you with detailed instructions, but here are some general guidelines:

  • Bite down on the gauze pad for at least 30-45 minutes to control bleeding.
  • Apply ice packs to the affected area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and exercise for the first few days.
  • Take any prescribed pain medication and antibiotics as directed.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, as they can delay healing.
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water beginning 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Stick to a soft food diet until the extraction site has healed.
  • Attend any follow-up appointments with our dentists to monitor your recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most dental insurance plans cover surgical tooth extractions, but it’s essential to check with your provider to understand your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs. Your dental team can assist you in understanding your benefits before the procedure.

Some swelling, discomfort, and bleeding from the extraction site are normal during the initial recovery period after surgery. Your dentist may recommend follow-up appointments to monitor healing and address any complications.

Recovery times can vary, but most patients can expect to return to normal activities within 48 to 72 hours. The complexity of the tooth extraction procedure and individual healing rates may affect the recovery duration.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks of bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and other complications. However, these risks are minimized when the procedure is performed by an oral surgeon or our skilled dentists and when you follow the provided aftercare instructions carefully.

Compassionate and Skilled Surgical Tooth Extractions in Houston, Call Now!

At Dentistry of Highland Village, we understand that the prospect of a surgical tooth extraction can be daunting. That’s why our team of experienced dentists is committed to providing compassionate care and ensuring your comfort throughout the entire tooth removal process.

Contact our Houston dental office at (713) 360-7700 to schedule your consultation or learn more about our surgical tooth extraction services. We proudly provide surgical extraction services to patients from Houston, Pasadena, Sugar Land, Pearland, and surrounding areas in Texas.



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