Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

Getting a tooth removed isn’t fun, but sometimes it’s a necessary procedure to have. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, performs safe, comfortable tooth extractions, including wisdom tooth extractions. When a tooth is too diseased or decayed to be saved, an extraction can prevent further harm and help restore your oral health. To learn more about extractions, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Extractions Q & A

When is an extraction necessary? 

The team at Pediatric Dental Professionals always exhaust all other options before resorting to an extraction. Your permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, but for various reasons, that’s not always the case. 

In certain instances, your tooth’s health may be so dire, there simply aren’t any other viable options, outside of an extraction. Here are some of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction: 

  • A bad infection after an unsuccessful root canal
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Crowding issues
  • Extra teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Dr. Watts performs comfortable, safe tooth extractions, including nonsurgical extractions, surgical extractions, and wisdom tooth removal. 

How does an extraction procedure?

Generally, when you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s a simple extraction. During this type of procedure, Dr. Watts loosens your tooth with an instrument called an elevator. He then uses forceps to remove your tooth.

Surgical extractions are more invasive procedures. For example, your tooth could be broken off close to the gum line or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. This complicates the extraction procedure. Wisdom tooth extractions are a common type of surgical extraction Dr. Watts performs. 

In a surgical extraction, Dr. Watts makes a small incision in your gum to remove your tooth. In some cases, he removes the tooth in sections and he may even remove some of the bone around the tooth.  

What is the recovery like from a tooth extraction?

Depending on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the first stages of the healing process usually should occur within 1-2 weeks. New bone and gum tissue slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed.

As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or have problems chewing, depending on the scope of your dental surgery.

For wisdom tooth extractions, the recovery process typically includes prescribed pain medication. Your dentist also recommends sticking to a diet of soft foods like yogurt, oatmeal, and ice cream for at least a few days.

Each extraction case is unique, so contact Pediatric Dental Professionals and set up a consultation to learn more about your options and ensuing cosmetic procedures, such as implants, to replace missing teeth. 

You can schedule an appointment online or by calling the office today.