If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that can’t be saved with a treatment like a root canal, or your wisdom teeth are not erupting properly, you may need an extraction. At North Park Dental, Dr. Munoz offers gentle, judgment-free extractions in McAllen. If you think you may need a tooth removed for any reason, contact us at 956-997-4044 now for a consultation.
The most common reason for tooth extractions is to remove wisdom teeth that are not erupting properly and could damage your surrounding teeth. Extractions may also be required to remove teeth that have been damaged by an oral injury or issues like decay and periodontal disease if it’s not possible to save your tooth using alternative treatments.
Tooth extractions may also sometimes be necessary to prepare for another treatment, such as the placement of dentures or a dental implant, or for orthodontic purposes if you have a small mouth and very crowded teeth.
First, Dr. Munoz will numb your mouth and clean the treatment area. You can also be sedated to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the process. Once your mouth is fully numb, Dr. Munoz will use specialized dental tools to loosen your tooth in its socket, then prepare it for extraction. Once the tooth has been loosened sufficiently, he will use a pair of dental forceps to gently grab it by the root and pull it out. After this, the area will be disinfected and cleaned, then sutured shut. The entire process typically only takes about 5 minutes per tooth once your mouth is numb.
You may experience minor bruising, swelling, and bleeding for a few days after your procedure. To ensure that your mouth heals properly, it’s important to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms where your tooth used to be. You will also need to eat a soft diet for about a week, in most cases, and avoid brushing the extraction site. Dr. Munoz will give you a comprehensive set of instructions to ensure you recover quickly. If you have any questions as you heal, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!
Our wisdom teeth are our third set of molars, and they are a natural part of our mouths. Unfortunately, most of us do not have enough room for them in our mouths by the time they grow in. This is particularly true of patients who have had orthodontic treatment. For this reason, wisdom teeth often do not grow into a patient’s mouth properly. This may cause damage to the other teeth and quite a bit of discomfort. To prevent this, most patients opt to have their wisdom teeth extracted when they begin to emerge. This usually happens around the age of 17-25.
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