Tooth Extractions

Smiles Family Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Arlington, Irving, & Flower Mound, TX

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but at times it's essential to avoid additional health problems. For quick and professional extractions, count on the knowledgeable team at Smiles Family Dental in Arlington, Irving, and Flower Mound, Texas. Visit us when you’re in need of having a tooth pulled. Call the office or book a consultation online.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Why might I need a tooth pulled?

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, this doesn't always happen. For example, you may need to have a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay may all contribute to needing a tooth pulled.

Your dentist may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

How are extractions performed?

There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are reserved for teeth that can be seen above the gum line. In a simple extraction, a highly experienced dentist at Smiles Family Dental will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and gently remove it with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may be broken off close to the gumline or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. To perform a surgical extraction the dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Your dentist gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn't feel any pain. If you're having a couple of teeth removed at one appointment, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist may administer a general anesthetic. You will sleep through the whole procedure with a general anesthetic.

What is the timeline for healing from a tooth extraction?

Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, healing usually takes one or two weeks. You'll experience new gum tissue and bone growth where your teeth used to be. You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, depending on the extent of your dental surgery.

Since everyone's situation is unique, you should reach out to Smiles Family Dental and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options plus any necessary post-procedure treatments such as crowns or dental implants.