Teeth should last for a lifetime. However, at some point it may be necessary to remove one or more teeth. This can happen if a tooth becomes damaged from grinding, physical injury, or tooth decay. There are other reasons that your dentist may feel that it is best to remove a tooth. Galloway Dentistry in Mesquite, TX are experts in helping you maintain a beautiful smile. If tooth extractions are necessary, we can do it as an outpatient service in the quickest, easiest, and most pain-free way possible.

Why Would I Need Tooth Extractions?

a woman smiling before she undergoes tooth extractions Tooth extractions in Mesquite, TX are the removal of a tooth from the socket in the bone. Tooth extraction may become necessary if your dentist determines that tooth decay has progressed to the point that it’s healthier to remove the tooth. 

First, however, the dentist will try to correct the problem by removing the decayed area and using a filling or crown. A loose tooth may also require tooth extraction if a bone graft won’t fix the problem. 

Additional issues that may lead to dental extractions are:

  1. If you have extra teeth that are crowding out other teeth or preventing new teeth from coming in
  2. For children or young adults, baby teeth may not always fall out in a timely manner. The baby teeth may need to be removed to allow the adult teeth to come in
  3. If you are getting braces to straighten your teeth, it may be necessary to remove one or more teeth to allow for the new, straighter configuration
  4. Young adults often need to have wisdom teeth extracted. This can occur if the teeth become impacted (stuck in the jaw) or have decay or infection
  5. People may have to undergo tooth extractions because of illness or treatment
    • Cancer – People going through treatment for cancer may receive medication that weakens their immune system, which in turn increases their risk for gum disease and other oral problems
    • Organ transplant – People recovering from an organ transplant will often require drugs to reduce the possibility of rejection.  Those drugs lower the immune system, again increasing the risk for oral diseases
    • People receiving treatment with radiation to the head or neck may need to have teeth removed to provide a clear path for the radiation

Preparation for Tooth Extraction

The dentist or oral surgeon will take an X-ray of the area to determine the best way to remove the tooth. The dentist will ask for a full medical history as well as a list of all the medications you are taking. If necessary, the dentist may prescribe a course of antibiotics. The dentist may want to use antibiotics if:

  1. You have an infection at the time of tooth extraction
  2. Your immune system is weak
  3. If the oral surgery will be extensive or take a long time
  4. Other medical conditions

The dentist may use IV anesthesia. You may be awake throughout the procedure or asleep, depending on your level of comfort with surgery and other factors. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products the day of surgery, and don’t eat or drink within six to eight hours of the surgery.

Risks

Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure. If you see the following after extraction, contact your dentist:

  1. Dry socket – This occurs if the extraction spot doesn’t clot. The underlying bone receives exposure to air and will be painful and leave a bad odor or taste. This occurs in 3-4% of cases
  2. Fever or chills – Contact the dentist if you develop a fever as this could signal an infection

Finding a Dentist

Visiting your dentist at least twice per year is critical to maintaining your smile. Galloway Dental in Mesquite, TX are experts in dental care. Call us today at 469.273.1376 for tooth extractions today!