Tooth Extraction in Fort Worth, TX
Custom Periodontics & Implantology provides tooth extraction in Fort Worth, TX, to help patients alleviate discomfort and restore the aesthetic appearance of their smile. Tooth removal is a standard dental procedure used to remove damaged, decayed, or impacted teeth from the mouth. From wisdom teeth removal to emergency extractions, Dr. Nelson can provide the care and attention you need to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Two Types of Tooth Extraction Procedures
#1. Simple Extraction
This procedure is typically used to remove teeth that have already broken through the surface of the gums and can be easily accessed. During a simple extraction, our dentist will use forceps to grasp the visible portion of the tooth and gently rock it back and forth until it is free from its socket. Sedation may be used for this procedure if necessary.
#2. Surgical Extraction
Surgical extractions are more involved than simple extractions and require higher skill and expertise for successful completion. Dr. Nelson will perform a surgical extraction when the entire tooth cannot be seen above the gum line, such as with impacted wisdom teeth or other fully developed roots that can’t be accessed through a simple extraction.
Reasons for Having Your Tooth Removed
- Severe Tooth Decay: If the decay has spread so far that it has compromised the tooth structure, there may be no other treatment option than to have it removed. In some cases, a filling or root canal treatment can be used to treat decay, but if these treatments are not an option due to the extent of the decay, then dental extraction may be necessary.
- Infection: If a tooth has become infected and cannot be saved with antibiotics or other treatments, your dentist may need to remove it to prevent it from spreading. In such cases, extraction is typically recommended as soon as possible to limit the damage and control any pain associated with the infection.
- Crowding: If your mouth is too crowded with teeth and there is not enough room, some teeth may need to be removed to make room for the others or prevent damage to adjacent teeth. This is especially common when dealing with wisdom teeth that have become impacted or are not growing properly.
- Baby Teeth: Sometimes, baby teeth may need to be extracted if they do not fall out on their own. This can be done to make room for adult teeth or to prevent baby teeth from shifting and interfering with the growth of adult teeth.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Tooth extraction may be necessary before orthodontic treatment can begin. This is often the case when a patient has overcrowded teeth, as extracting one or more teeth can help create enough space to allow braces or other orthodontic appliances to move the remaining teeth into their proper positions.
Other reasons for tooth extraction may include dental injuries, gum disease, or dental implant placement.
The Tooth Extraction Process
For simple extractions, our dentist will first give you a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. This will help ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we will use forceps to gently grasp and rock the visible portion of the tooth until it is free from its socket.
For surgical extractions, the procedure is more involved and may require cutting the gum tissue or breaking the tooth into smaller pieces before removing it. Our dentist will use special tools to remove any remaining pieces of the tooth or root from its socket.
After the tooth has been removed, we will give you aftercare instructions and provide you with any necessary medications to help with the healing process. It may take a few days for the extraction site to completely heal, but after that, you should be able to return to normal activities.
Contact Custom Periodontics and Implantology Today
At our practice, we will save your natural tooth whenever possible. However, if tooth extraction is the best option for you, you can trust our highly skilled dentist to provide the highest quality of care and ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Don’t let a bad tooth get in the way of your oral health—contact us today to schedule an appointment!