Dr. Glen Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that is committed to helping his patients achieve a healthier smile. As a full-service dental office, Austin Dental Care offers tooth extractions for patients of all ages. Dr. Wainwright and his experienced team of dentists utilize digital technology and modern techniques to plan all extractions. Tooth extractions are general dental treatments that ultimately improve the health of teeth and gums.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Patients may require a tooth extraction for several reasons, including:
- Extensive tooth damage
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- Tooth infection
- To create more space in the mouth to accommodate braces
- The removal of extra teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Baby teeth that are preventing the permanent teeth from developing correctly
- The teeth are damaged from periodontal disease
If you have tooth damage or infection, call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Most patients develop their wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, in their late teens or early twenties. If a wisdom tooth is impacted or develops incorrectly, it may need to be removed in order to protect the integrity of the neighboring teeth. In some cases, when a wisdom tooth is not removed, patients can experience dental pain, swelling, or other dental health issues. Extracting a wisdom tooth and help alleviate your symptoms and restore balance to your smile.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Simple extractions: During a simple tooth extraction, a dentist can loosen and remove a tooth that is visible from the gum line. With simple tooth extraction, the tooth is typically removed in one piece using dental tools and local anesthesia.
Surgical extractions: A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth is not completely visible from the gum line. In this case, surgical removal is deemed necessary. A small incision is made in the gums, and the tooth may need to be removed in fragments. In some rare cases, the bone surrounding the tooth needs to be cut to access the tooth.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Is wisdom teeth removal always necessary?
In most cases, it is necessary to remove your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can create a host of dental problems down the road if they are not removed in a patients teen years. Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing you issues, they can contribute to crooked teeth, unexplained tooth pain, jaw issues, and more.
Is it better to remove or repair a damaged tooth?
Any dentist will tell you to repair your damaged tooth before getting it extracted. Only in certain and severe cases will your dentist recommend tooth removal. This is because the best thing for your body is to keep as many natural teeth as possible. Natural teeth are the best line of defense your mouth has against disease, bacteria, and function.
Can I go to work after tooth extraction?
Your dentist does not recommend going back to work the same day you had a tooth extracted. You need to save some time to let the tooth socket heal. During this time do not eat hard foods, stay away from smoking, using straws, and chewing sticky foods. Give yourself two to three days for your socket to heal before returning to work.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Are you looking for tooth extraction treatment in Austin, Texas? Call Austin Dental Care today at 512-518-6392 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Wainwright online. Dr. Wainwright provides high-quality dental care in West Austin, Lost Creek, West Lake Hills, Barton Creek, and all of Travis County, Texas.