"Always give people more than what they expect to get."
At Murphy Dental Home, we believe that teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Dr. Gandhi will make every effort to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Gandhi and her team will do everything possible to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. You can always count on quality, gentle care!
Why Would You Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?
Dr. Gandhi may recommend tooth extraction if you have teeth that are severely damaged due to decay or if you have advanced gum disease. Tooth decay often damages the inner layers of a tooth beyond repair, while gum disease can erode the bone and tissue supporting the tooth. If restoration is not feasible, extraction will be the only viable option.
A tooth may also need extraction due to a severe infection that cannot be addressed using medication or root canal therapy. Sometimes teeth are broken or damaged beyond repair due to injury or trauma. Teeth may also need extraction if they are blocking permanent ones from coming in, or for orthodontic treatment of a crowded mouth, which makes room allowing the remaining teeth to shift into alignment.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are commonly extracted. At times, they have cavities or are impacted, meaning they are trapped in the jaw which can cause excruciating pain. Sometimes they come out at the wrong angle which may damage neighboring teeth, or you may not have sufficient space in your jaw to accommodate your new molars. Sometimes it’s best to extract wisdom teeth if they have the potential of causing problems to avoid complicated treatments down the road.
Tooth Extraction Overview
Tooth extraction can typically be performed right at our office in a short visit. Dr. Gandhi will start by numbing the area using an anesthetic and will administer sedation if needed so that you can relax during the procedure. She will perform either a simple or a surgical extraction, depending on how visible and accessible your tooth is.
The Healing Process
Once extraction is over, the healing process begins. Following the procedure, you may need to apply an ice pack to the area to reduce swelling. You may experience discomfort which can be alleviated using the medication Dr. Gandhi prescribes. For the first 48 hours after the procedure, you will need to refrain from smoking or drinking through a straw to avoid dislodging the clot forming in the socket, which can cause a painful condition called dry socket.
Depending on which tooth you need removing, Dr. Gandhi may recommend replacing it with a dental implant or bridge to keep your smile healthy and confident.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Contact Murphy Dental Home in Murphy, TX and schedule your exam and cleaning to keep your teeth healthy. If Dr. Gandhi finds any problems, she will recommend treating them right away to avoid their progression. While there are times you may need a tooth extraction, that is always our last resort. Our goal is to keep your teeth healthy and sound for a lifetime.
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