At Murphy Dental Home, we believe that teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Dr. Gandhi will pursue every avenue to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Sometimes, however, an extraction is necessary to keep your other teeth, as well as the rest of your mouth, healthy. Dr. Gandhi and her team will do everything possible to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. You can always count on quality, gentle care!
Dr. Gandhi may recommend tooth extraction if you have teeth that are severely damaged due to decay or if you have advanced gum disease. Tooth decay often damages the inner layers of a tooth beyond repair, while gum disease can erode the bone and tissue supporting the tooth. If restoration is not feasible, extraction will be the only viable option.
A tooth may also need extraction due to a severe infection that cannot be addressed using medication or root canal therapy. Sometimes teeth are broken or damaged beyond repair due to injury or trauma. Teeth may also need extraction if they are blocking permanent ones from coming in, or for orthodontic treatment of a crowded mouth, which makes room allowing the remaining teeth to shift into alignment.
Tooth extraction can typically be performed right at our dental office in a short visit. Dr. Gandhi will start by numbing the area using an anesthetic and will administer sedation if needed so that you can relax during the procedure. She will perform either a simple or surgical extraction, depending on how visible and accessible your tooth is.
Once extraction is over, the healing process begins. Following the procedure, you may need to apply an ice pack to the area to reduce swelling. You may experience discomfort which can be alleviated using the medication Dr. Gandhi prescribes. For the first 48 hours after the procedure, you will need to refrain from smoking or drinking through a straw to avoid dislodging the clot forming in the socket, which can cause a painful condition called dry socket.
Depending on which tooth you need removed, Dr. Gandhi may recommend replacing it with a dental implant or bridge to keep your smile healthy and confident.
Contact Murphy Dental Home in Murphy, TX and schedule your exam and cleaning to keep your teeth healthy. If Dr. Gandhi finds any problems, she will recommend treating them right away to avoid their progression. While there are times you may need a tooth extraction, that is always our last resort. Our goal is to keep your teeth healthy and sound for a lifetime.
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