Remove Troublesome Teeth
Whether you have a damaged tooth or your wisdom teeth are growing into your mouth improperly, Dr. Toni Engram is here to help with gentle, pain-free tooth extractions in Richardson. Learn more below or contact us now for a consultation.
Types of extractions
We offer basic extractions and wisdom teeth extractions at Flourish Dental Boutique, and Dr. Engram can also perform surgical extractions for impacted wisdom teeth.
Basic extractions are typically used for teeth that are severely damaged due to an oral injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, and cannot be saved with alternative dental treatments. Wisdom teeth extractions are used for fully-erupted wisdom teeth that may damage other teeth or have not grown into the mouth properly.
Surgical extractions are only required for impacted wisdom teeth that have not fully erupted from the gums. This procedure is more invasive than a basic extraction, but is the best way to remove impacted teeth.
signs that you
need an extraction
Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted if they’re causing pain, discomfort, and stiffness in the rear of your mouth. Or, if you notice a foul taste in your mouth or visible swelling and inflammation of the gums near your wisdom teeth, they may need to come out. You should see Dr. Engram for a consultation to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
A few signs that a non-wisdom tooth may need to be extracted include severe tooth pain, loosening of the tooth, serious damage to the tooth, or discoloration of the affected tooth. Again, it’s best to see Dr. Engram to make sure extraction is the best way to treat your condition.
what to expect
the extraction process
The process of a basic extraction is very simple. You can receive dental sedation before your appointment to ensure you feel safe and comfortable. Then, Dr. Engram will clean and numb your mouth, and loosen your tooth in the socket using specialized dental tools. Once it’s been loosened, it will be pulled out. The extraction area will be cleaned and sutured shut, and this process will be repeated for each tooth.
Surgical extractions are a bit different. After your mouth is cleaned and numbed, Dr. Engram will make an incision in the gums near your tooth. Then, through this incision, the tooth will be cut into small pieces and removed. Once the entire tooth structure has been removed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut to heal.
recovering from surgery
Dr. Toni Engram will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions to follow after your tooth extraction. You will need to follow them closely to ensure your mouth heals properly.
For example, you must avoid spitting forcefully or using a straw for a few days after treatment, as this can dislodge your blood clot and cause a painful complication called “dry socket.” You should also eat a diet of mostly soft foods for a week or more after treatment, and avoid heavy exertion or exercise for a few days after your surgery.
Make sure to follow all of the instructions you’re provided with while you recover. It usually takes 1-2 weeks to recover, but it may take longer depending on your oral health and the number of teeth you’ve had extracted.