Tooth Extractions – Houston, TX
Comfortable & Safe
Our primary goal is to preserve our patients’ teeth for as long as possible here at Bluebonnet Dental of Houston, but sometimes, a tooth can be so damaged or decayed that the only viable option is to remove it. Should you or your child ever require tooth extractions in Houston, TX, Dr. Barker will do everything he can to make the experience comfortable from start to finish, including offering sedation and providing a quick replacement.
Why Choose Bluebonnet Dental for Tooth Extractions?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Sedation Options for Patients of All Ages
- We Take Patient Comfort Very Seriously
for Tooth Extractions
How Tooth Extractions Work
If a tooth has already fully erupted, we can perform what is called a simple extraction, in which the patient is numbed, and then the tooth is gently rocked back and forth until it slips out on its own. But, if a tooth is still located within the gums and jaw, we’ll do a surgical extraction. For this, a small incision is made, and then the tooth is removed in pieces to minimize any trauma to the nearby tissues.
Tooth Extraction – FAQs
Whether you’ve had a tooth extracted before or this is the first time a root canal can’t save your tooth, it’s completely natural to have questions. While giving us a call is the best way to get the right answer to your specific question, we also understand that many patients like to do their research first. That is why we have compiled a list of the most common questions we hear – along with helpful answers!
How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?
Since each patients’ dental needs are unique, the preparation process may vary from person to person. However, to ensure your procedure is as seamless as possible, there are a few best practices that are all-encompassing. The first is to arrange for a trusted adult to take you to and from your appointment. Next, follow all pre-operation instructions from Dr. Barker, such as taking an antibiotic earlier in the day or not eating the morning of the procedure. It’s also beneficial to get a good night’s sleep the night before to ensure you are well-rested at your visit.
How Much Pain Is Normal After a Tooth Extraction?
Once the numbing agent wears off, it’s natural to experience some discomfort following your tooth extraction, along with some swelling and bleeding within the first 24 hours. However, symptoms that could indicate an infection, like chills, vomiting, severe swelling, chest pain, and shortness of breath, are not normal. To prevent this from happening, our team will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions and check in on you to answer any questions you have along the way.
What Should I Do About the Gap in My Smile After My Tooth Extraction?
Thanks to advancements in technology and dentistry, patients have a variety of modern tooth replacement options to pick from, including dentures and dental implants. Both have their unique set of advantages, which is why Dr. Barker will discuss both options with you in-depth when it comes time to fill the gap in your smile. Either way, it’s best to replace your missing tooth (even if it’s in the back of your mouth) to prevent your adjacent teeth from shifting out of place.
What Is My Role in the Recovery Process?
To ensure the surgery site heals properly, you should:
- Focus on resting the day or two after the extraction
- Intermittently ice the area to reduce swelling
- Stick to soft foods, like yogurt, applesauce, and soup
- Don’t use a straw, smoke tobacco products, or lie flat on your back
- Do your best to complete your oral care regimen (just avoid the extraction site until Dr. Barker gives you the thumbs up)
If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. Dr. Barker and the rest of our team is here to help!