At Laser Smile Center, we do everything we can to provide gentle, effective dental care that preserves your natural teeth. However, there are certain situations where Dr. Rangel may suggest that a tooth extraction is the best treatment option for you.
There are several reasons we might need to extract a tooth, including:
- Dental trauma
- Advanced gum disease
- Severe decay
Our team of dental professionals in Odessa can safely and gently remove your tooth and replace it with a state-of-the-art dental implant or bridge. Read on to learn more about our extraction procedures and when they’re necessary.
General Tooth Extractions
Simple tooth extractions, also known as general extractions, are common and uncomplicated procedures. This type of extraction is best for teeth that are visible above the gum line.
During a simple extraction, our experienced dental staff will numb your gums with a local anesthetic. You’ll be awake and alert during your procedure, but you won’t feel any pain or discomfort at the extraction site. Then, Dr. Rangel will remove your tooth and apply stitches and gauze. Keep in mind that your mouth will need to heal for at least 48 hours after your procedure.
Emergency Tooth Extractions
Sometimes, emergencies are unavoidable. That’s why, at Laser Smile Center, we work hard to make sure we treat your oral health needs as soon as possible.
Any oral health problems that require urgent dental care are considered emergencies. This could include teeth that are:
- Causing immense pain
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, Dr. Rangel can perform emergency tooth extractions to alleviate your discomfort.
Surgical Tooth Extractions
Surgical extractions are a bit more complex than general tooth extractions. Dr. Rangel usually performs these extractions on teeth that aren’t visible above the gum line. We’ll begin by placing a local anesthetic on the procedure site. Then, your dentist will gently and efficiently remove the affected tooth before placing gauze and stitches for proper healing.
Your third molars, or wisdom teeth, can impact the spacing of your teeth. Since they usually don’t grow in until your early teenage years, wisdom teeth can change the positioning of your surrounding teeth if they rise above the gum line. Dr. Rangel can help determine whether you or your child will need wisdom teeth extractions during your general check-ups and cleanings.
How Do I Heal After A Tooth Extraction?
Usually, it takes just two to three days to heal from a tooth extraction. However, every procedure is unique, so your healing time could vary. Our experienced Odessa dental team will give you detailed post-op instructions to properly heal your extraction site.
By following these suggestions, you’ll alleviate post-op discomfort, speed up your healing time, and reduce your risk of infection:
- Take over-the-counter pain medication or any medication Dr. Rangel prescribes for post-op care.
- Gently bite your gauze to help blood clotting on your surgery site.
- Change your gauze every three to four hours until bleeding stops.
- Apply ice to your cheeks for 10 minutes at a time to reduce facial swelling.
- Avoid spitting, rinsing, or using a straw for 24 hours to protect the blood clots on your surgery site.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help keep your mouth clean.
- Avoid smoking for at least three days after your surgery to keep the area moist.
- Eat only soft foods and liquids for at least the first 24 hours following your procedure. Slowly reintroduce harder foods after any discomfort subsides naturally.
- Brush and floss your teeth and tongue as normal, but take extra care around your extraction site until it’s healed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Rangel recommends eating soft or liquid foods following your procedure. Fortunately, you can begin to reintroduce solid foods within a couple of days or when your pain resides.
In the days following your procedure, you can eat several tasty and nutritious soft foods, such as:
- Smoothies and juice
- Yogurt and pudding
- Blended soup or broth
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
Generally, Dr. Rangel can remove a single tooth in 20 to 40 minutes at our Odessa office. However, if you’re having multiple teeth extracted or need a surgical extraction, your procedure may take longer.
Our dental sedation options, along with local anesthetics, ensure that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. You’ll most likely feel more discomfort after your procedure than at our office. Thankfully, Dr. Rangel can prescribe post-op pain medications or recommend over-the-counter options to reduce your pain.
Visit Laser Smile Center For Expert Dental Care
Dr. Rangel and our professional dental staff are proud to provide gentle, effective care that protects your natural teeth. But if you or your family member need a tooth extracted, we’ll make sure your procedure is as quick and painless as possible. Learn more about our easy extraction procedures by contacting us at (432) 333-6169 to schedule an appointment at Laser Smile Center.
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