Although our dentists try to avoid tooth extractions in Athens, TX, it is sometimes the next course of action when more conservative efforts to save the tooth fail. Severe tooth decay, infection, and the need to make more room for orthodontic treatment are the most common reasons why adult or pediatric patients need a tooth extracted. This blog lets you know what to expect if one of our dentists has recommended that you or your child have a tooth removed.
Preparing for Tooth Extraction
You will need to complete a consultation at Athens Smiles before scheduling an appointment for tooth extraction. The consultation consists of your dentist taking an X-ray of the tooth to be removed. You should bring a list of all the medications, vitamins, and supplements that you take to the appointment and be prepared to discuss your medical history.
Some conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, need to be stable before you proceed with the tooth extraction. You may need to take antibiotics before the procedure if you have a weakened immune system or certain medical conditions.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Your dentist will perform either a simple or surgical extraction after determining whether your tooth is impacted or visible. Simple extraction requires only local anesthetic that numbs the area surrounding your tooth. Although you will feel some pressure, you shouldn’t feel any pain. Your dentist will use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from its socket and then remove it with forceps.
If you need surgical extraction, you will receive intravenous and local anesthesia with the potential for general anesthesia. Your dentist will make an incision in your gums large enough to remove bone surrounding the tooth to make extraction easier.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about tooth extractions in Athens, TX or would like to request a consultation.