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Denton Tooth Extractions

Woman holding jaw in pain In most cases, we partner with patients to maintain their healthy smiles and avoid tooth loss. However, there are certain circumstances where tooth extraction is the right thing to help you maintain the optimal level of oral health. If you need to have one or more teeth removed, the Denton Dental Center team is here to help. Our skilled periodontist, Naveen Karim, DDS, makes it possible for our dental office to provide even the most advanced surgical tooth extraction services in complete safety and comfort. If you’re ready to learn more about tooth extractions or other services available from our Denton dentist and team, call to schedule a consultation appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Why are Extractions Recommended?

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We will only recommend tooth extraction when necessary to maintain the optimal level of oral health. Some of the situations where tooth extraction is recommended include:

How are Tooth Extractions Performed?

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We will either need to pull or surgically remove your tooth. Pulling is only possible for those teeth that have fully erupted from the gum line. We numb the area around the tooth before removal. Then, clasping tools are used to hold onto the tooth as we shift it back and forth until it breaks free from the supportive bone and soft tissues. Surgical tooth extractions are necessary when the tooth is not fully erupted or otherwise unable to be pulled. In the simplest cases, we only need to remove a small amount of supportive tissue to extract the tooth. In other cases, our skilled periodontist, Dr. Karim will need to perform more complex tooth extraction procedures. With an experienced specialist in our office, we can easily perform all levels of tooth extraction quickly, safely, and effectively.

Who Performs the Extraction?

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In most cases, Dr. Karim, our skilled periodontist, will perform tooth extraction procedures. With years of advanced training and education, Dr. Karim is able to complete even the most complex surgical tooth removal procedures. With a skilled periodontist on our team, patients will be completely safe and comfortable throughout the course of tooth extraction.

What Happens After Tooth Removal?

Following your tooth extraction procedure, we’ll provide you with an after-care plan personalized to your unique situation. There will likely be some discomfort, bleeding, and swelling that should begin to diminish after 48 hours. If you notice increasing pain, swelling, or sensitivity, call our office right away. If you need to have one or more extracted teeth replaced, our team will begin this restoration process as soon as possible after your tooth extraction. If you have questions or concerns about your tooth removal or replacement plan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring dentistry team. We want patients to feel 100% confident in every step of their treatment plans.

Post-Tooth Extraction FAQs

Many adults need to have a tooth extracted, but if you’ve never undergone the procedure before, you might have some questions about what you can expect during recovery. Dr. Karim will give you aftercare instructions for staying comfortable. If you’re not sure how to plan for the next few days, be sure to let us know about your concerns. On this page, we’ve answered a few of the most important questions that should be on your mind before a tooth extraction.

Is It Normal to Experience Pain?

Your mouth will receive a local anesthetic to help it stay numb while the tooth is being removed. Once it wears off, though, you’ll probably feel some mild level of discomfort. You might be prescribed painkillers, but oftentimes medication that can be bought over the counter is enough. If necessary, you can also use an ice pack for 20 minutes at time. Swishing warm salt water in your mouth can relieve discomfort and lower the risk of infection. The discomfort may last for up to two weeks after the initial surgery; if it suddenly worsens or does not fade over time, call us.

How Long Should Bleeding Last?

While some bleeding is only to be expected, most of it should only happen right after the extraction itself. We’ll give you a piece of gauze to bite down on in order to apply pressure to the wound. This will stop the worst of the bleeding, though the site might ooze slight for up to 24 hours afterwards.

Normally, a blood clot will form in the socket, protecting the site of the extraction and preventing further bleeding. If this blood clot becomes dislodged, you’ll experience additional pain and an extended recovery time. To avoid this, do not use straws for the first day after the procedure, and stick to a soft food diet.

How Long Does It Take for the Gums to Heal?

Every patient’s recovery time will be different. Usually it depends on which tooth was pulled, how large it was, and whether it was healthy at the time of removal. Generally, the gums heal faster after a smaller tooth near the front is extracted; molar removal typically takes more time to fully recover from. The overall state of your body is also a factor. Make sure you’re getting good nutrition and are keeping your mouth free of bacteria or debris that could infect the wound. Bear in mind that the initial healing period only takes one or two weeks, but it may be up to four weeks until your gums have completely returned to normal, and the bone underneath will take even more time to restore itself.

How Will I Know if There’s a Problem?

You won’t have to worry about further complications after an extraction most of the time, but the following symptoms might point to a serious issue, such as an infection:

Reach out to us for advice if you notice any of these warning signs.

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