Do you have persistent pain in your tooth that won't go away? Chances are it's damaged or infected, and you may need a tooth extraction. As the name suggests, tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth.
On this page, Dr. Celso Seretti of Seretti Comprehensive Dental wants you to learn more about tooth extraction and what it entails.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction is a relatively straightforward process in which Dr. Seretti and the team will pull your tooth out from its socket. Typically, the procedure is used as a last resort by when dentists can't salvage your tooth. Here are scenarios when tooth extraction is necessary:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Damage to the teeth
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Preparation for dental prosthetics
Types of Tooth Extraction
There are two forms of tooth extractions offered by Dr.Seretti:
Simple Extraction: In this process, Dr.Seretti will remove a visible tooth on the surface. You will be given an anesthetic to minimize pain and sensation during the process.
Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction involves removing a tooth that is broken off or damaged. During the procedure, Dr. Seretti will give you an anesthetic and a small incision to gain access to the tooth to remove it.
Recovering from Tooth Extraction
You may take a few weeks to recover from a tooth extraction process completely. During the process, you must follow the dentist's instructions to heal better and faster. Here are a few dos and don'ts to aid recovery.
- Use an icepack on the tooth to minimize swelling around the jaw.
- Don't perform strenuous physical activity on the day of the extraction.
- Consume soft foods like yogurt and pudding.
- Avoid brushing or flossing rigorously, and avoid the extraction site altogether.
- Rest for the first 24 hours after an extraction.
- Don't attempt to bite or chew hard foods.
Tooth extraction is a quick and effective process to relieve pain and discomfort caused by a damaged or decayed teeth. Get in touch with our staff at Seretti Comprehensive Dentistry to learn about the process.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Houston, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Seretti. Please call us at (281) 486-9440 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.