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Extractions Specialist

Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics -  - General Dentistry

Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Garland, TX

If you develop a deep cavity or have impacted wisdom teeth, extractions can reduce the risk of additional complications and preserve your oral health. At Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics, Hooman Lohrasbi, DDS, boasts years of experience performing both simple and surgical extractions. To make an appointment at the practice in Garland, Texas, click the online scheduling tool today or call the office.

Extractions Q&A

What are extractions?

Tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure used to remove one (or multiple) teeth. Your permanent teeth are tough and meant to last a lifetime, but they aren’t invincible. 

Certain issues like deep decay, infections, and crowding often require extractions. You might also benefit from extractions if you need orthodontic treatment or your wisdom teeth are impacted and unable to break through the gum line.

How do I prepare for an extraction?

Before Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics recommends an extraction, the team conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and when they first started. Next, your provider orders X-rays to assess the condition and location of your affected tooth.

During your exam, let your provider know if you have an underlying medical issue like kidney disease, thyroid disease, or diabetes. These ailments won’t necessarily prevent you from undergoing extractions, but they may increase the risk of surgical complications, so it’s important they’re stable.

Extractions occur under anesthesia, so you’ll also need a friend or family member to drive you home.

What are the types of extractions?

Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics offers several types of extractions, including:

Simple extractions

If you have a tooth that’s above the gum line and easy to access, your provider conducts a simple extraction. To do that, they administer a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and tooth roots. Next, they loosen your affected tooth with a tool called an elevator and carefully remove it.

Surgical extractions

If you have a tooth that’s impacted and unable to break through your gum line, your provider performs a surgical extraction. After administering a local anesthetic and numbing your mouth, they access your tooth, split it into sections, and carefully remove it.

Following the extraction, your provider stuffs the extraction site with clean gauze and provides care instructions.

Wisdom teeth extractions

Wisdom teeth are located at the very back of your mouth and are more likely to become impacted. If there’s not enough room for your wisdom teeth to come in, your Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics provider might recommend extractions.

To ensure the procedure is quick and complication-free, your provider takes a series of oral X-rays. They use the X-rays to guide the extraction process, ensuring a virtually pain-free operation.

What is recovery like following tooth extractions?

Following a tooth extraction procedure, many people experience mild swelling and discomfort. To ensure a speedy recovery, Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics recommends:

  • Eating soft foods for 24-48 hours
  • Biting and chewing with less force than usual
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Applying an ice pack to your cheek
  • Brushing and flossing gently

Your mouth should heal within a few days, but if your symptoms persist or interfere with your ability to work or perform other normal tasks, contact your provider right away.

If you’re concerned that you might need extractions, make an appointment at Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics by clicking the online booking tool today or calling the office.