Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

At McKinney Dental, we understand that tooth extraction can be a necessary procedure to alleviate pain, prevent infection, and maintain oral health. Dr. Mary Zoe Collier DDS and our compassionate team are committed to providing gentle and efficient tooth extraction services to ensure your comfort and well-being throughout the process.

When is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Tooth extraction may be recommended for various reasons, including:

1.  Severe Decay: When a tooth is severely decayed and cannot be restored with a filling or crown, extraction may be necessary to prevent further damage and infection.
2.  Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, may become impacted (unable to fully erupt) due to lack of space in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth, requiring extraction.
3.  Orthodontic Treatment: In some cases, tooth extraction may be necessary as part of orthodontic treatment to create space for proper alignment of the remaining teeth.
4.  Periodontal Disease: Advanced periodontal (gum) disease can cause loosening of the teeth and may necessitate extraction to prevent the spread of infection and preserve the health of surrounding tissues.
5.  Fractured or Damaged Teeth: Teeth that are fractured, damaged beyond repair, or compromised due to trauma may require extraction to prevent pain and further complications.

The Tooth Extraction Process:

1.  Evaluation: During your initial consultation, Dr. Collier will evaluate the condition of the affected tooth and discuss your treatment options. If extraction is recommended, X-rays may be taken to assess the tooth’s position and surrounding structures.
2.  Anesthesia: Before the extraction procedure begins, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area and ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. In some cases, sedation options may be available for patients with dental anxiety or complex extractions.
3.  Extraction: Using specialized instruments, Dr. Collier will gently and carefully remove the tooth from its socket in the jawbone. In cases of impacted teeth or complex extractions, surgical techniques may be employed to ensure safe and efficient removal.
4.  Post-Extraction Care: After the tooth has been extracted, gauze will be placed over the extraction site to control bleeding, and instructions for post-operative care will be provided. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to promote healing and prevent complications such as dry socket.
5.  Follow-Up: Dr. Collier will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress and ensure that no complications arise. Depending on the location of the extracted tooth and your oral health needs, options for tooth replacement may be discussed.

Aftercare Tips:

•   Avoid strenuous activities and vigorous rinsing for the first 24 hours after extraction.
•   Stick to soft foods and avoid chewing on the extraction site to prevent irritation.
•   Take any prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Collier to manage pain and prevent infection.
•   Maintain good oral hygiene by gently brushing and flossing the remaining teeth, being careful around the extraction site.

Schedule Your Consultation:

If you are experiencing dental pain or believe you may need a tooth extraction, don’t delay seeking treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mary Zoe Collier DDS at McKinney Dental today. Our team will assess your oral health needs, discuss your treatment options, and provide the compassionate care you deserve.