Tooth Extractions – Katy, TX

Gentle, Expert Tooth Removal

No one likes the prospect of getting a tooth removed. In fact, dental professionals do everything they can to help patients retain their natural teeth. However, in some cases, tooth extractions in Katy are necessary for a person’s oral and overall health. Here at Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Katy/Cypress, we are able to handle even complex tooth removal as gently and comfortably as possible. Read on below to learn more about this procedure.

Why Choose Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Katy/Cypress for Tooth Extractions?

  • Board-Certified Oral Surgeons
  • Wisdom Tooth Extractions Available
  • Sedation Available for Patient Comfort

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Woman with mouth pain, may need tooth extractions in Katy

There are several reasons why it might be necessary to remove one or more teeth, including:

  • Severe damage or decay that cannot be repaired with a filling or crown.
  • The need to make more room in a dental arch prior to orthodontic treatment.
  • Impacted teeth that are endangering the health of the teeth around them. (This often happens with wisdom teeth .)
  • Primary (baby) teeth that do not fall out in a timely manner.

Although the idea of a tooth extraction may not be appealing, rest assured that this procedure is only recommended when necessary. It can prevent/stop infections and set you up for better oral and overall health in the future.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Dental professional using large model to demonstrate tooth extraction

There are two types of tooth extractions. During a simple extraction, which can usually be handled by any general dentist in Katy, the tooth is lifted out of its socket with an instrument called an elevator. Then, forceps are used to rock the tooth back and forth to break the connective tissues that are holding it in place.

A surgical extraction is more complex. We may have to create incisions in the gums or break a tooth into pieces in order to remove it. This is often the case with impacted wisdom and canine teeth.

Following your extraction, we may be able to help you start planning for future tooth replacement. Replacing teeth when possible can reduce the risk of future tooth loss, preserve jawbone density, and provide other benefits.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman resting comfortably at home after tooth extraction

Here are some best practices to facilitate a smooth recovery following a tooth extraction:

  • Take all medication, such as antibiotics or pain medication, as prescribed.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with salt water to clean the site.
  • Do not smoke, drink out of a straw, or touch your surgical site. Doing so might lead to a painful complication called dry socket.
  • Keep your head propped up while you are sleeping to prevent blood from pooling at the surgical site.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Give us a call if you have any concerns during your recovery.
  • Attend all recommended appointments for follow-up care and tooth replacement.