Extractions provide a quick, convenient, and virtually pain-free way to remove damaged, decaying, or impacted teeth. At Atrium Modern Dental, in Dallas, Texas, Quyen Hong, DDS, provides both simple and surgical extractions on an outpatient basis using the on-site surgical suite. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or book online today.
Extractions are a common type of oral surgery that removes one or several of your teeth. At Atrium Modern Dental, Dr. Hong uses extractions to address various problems, including:
You might also need extractions if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment or preparing to get dentures. To ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible, Dr. Hong offers local anesthetic and several types of sedation dentistry.
Before extracting any of your teeth, Dr. Hong conducts a comprehensive oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms. During this time, let her know about any chronic conditions you’re living with, like heart disease or diabetes. It’s important these, and other ailments, are stable prior to undergoing surgery.
In addition, let Dr. Hong know if you take prescription medication, vitamins, or supplements. Certain drugs can interact with the anesthesia, resulting in various side-effects.
At Atrium Modern Dental, Dr. Hong offers two distinct types of extractions:
If you have a tooth that’s easy to access, Dr. Hong conducts a simple extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, she loosens your affected tooth with a tool called an elevator. She then removes the tooth completely with forceps.
If you have an impacted tooth, Dr. Hong performs a surgical extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, she makes an incision along your gums to access the tooth. Dr. Hong separates the tooth into several sections and then removes each piece one by one. She sutures your gums and provides you with a list of care instructions.
Following an extraction, it’s normal to experience some mild pain and swelling after the anesthesia wears off. To limit discomfort, take over-the-counter pain medication or apply an ice pack to your cheek. During the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods and avoid smoking or rinsing out your mouth.
Brush and floss as you normally would, but be careful to avoid the extraction site. As your mouth begins healing, you can reintroduce solid foods to your diet.
To see if extractions can benefit you, request a consultation at Atrium Modern Dental. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or book online today.