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Tooth Extractions – Pearland, TX

Pain-Free Extractions for Healthy Smiles

Using the latest restorative dentistry techniques, the team at Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics is often able to repair even the most damaged teeth, but unfortunately, not every tooth can be saved. Some can become so damaged that they need to be extracted. We do everything we can to ensure a comfortable experience during this procedure, and if needed, we can help a patient replace their tooth as quickly as possible to minimize any time spent with an incomplete smile.

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When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

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Tooth extraction is our final option because we do all we can to preserve your natural smile. However, our dentists will recommend the removal of a tooth if:

  • It has a large cavity that is starting to threaten the nearby teeth
  • Physical trauma has weakened the enamel to the point that it is about to break
  • Advanced periodontal disease has deteriorated the bone supporting a tooth
  • A new denture needs more room to fit properly
  • It will enable an orthodontic treatment to work more effectively
  • A baby tooth is preventing an adult tooth from coming in correctly

The Tooth Extraction Process

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First, we will examine the condition of your oral health and take X-rays of the affected area. This will give us a way to check factors that can’t be seen otherwise. Once we have determined that a tooth extraction is the best course of action, we will numb your mouth and ensure that you’re completely comfortable before beginning. Keep in mind that we also offer sedation if you’d like a greater sense of relaxation during your appointment. Once the affected area is prepared, we will use a special instrument to gently rock your tooth back and forth, resulting in an easy extraction. In some cases, complications can arise, however we will always keep you comfortable and at ease.

Tooth Extraction Recovery & Aftercare

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You will experience some slight soreness after your extraction, but this will go away after a few days. The recovery for tooth extraction is relatively quick as long as you follow our simple aftercare tips below:

  • Take any medication we give you as instructed.
  • Use gauze to reduce bleeding. Replace the gauze when it becomes soaked or after 3 to 4 hours until the bleeding has stopped.
  • Give yourself two days to rest after your extraction. If your job is physically demanding, you may want to take an extra day off just to be safe. That said, many patients schedule their extraction on a Friday so they can have the weekend to relax.
  • Reduce swelling by using a cold compress or ice pack. Alternate putting it on and off your face for 10 minutes each time.
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco for the first few days.
  • Avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Prop your head up when laying down.
  • Continue your at-home dental hygiene but avoid brushing the extraction site.

After 2 to 3 days, the soreness you feel will begin to go away. If for some reason this discomfort starts to worsen after 3 days, contact our office right away so we can catch any potential issues early on and get you out of pain.