Our expert dentists do all they can to save natural teeth. But for some patients, an extraction is the best treatment option.
Austin, TX, trusts 38th Street Dental to extract teeth because of our personalized care and comprehensive solutions.
We use cutting-edge technology to diagnose dental issues and provide effective treatments.
Tooth Extraction Is
There is no need to feel any embarrassment if you need a tooth extracted. Tooth extraction is actually the most commonly performed surgical procedure in America. If you are in serious pain, we can provide emergency care. Call (512) 458-6222 or write to our expert Austin team.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
When a tooth is too compromised to save, a virtually painless extraction can help eliminate painful symptoms and save neighboring teeth. Reasons to consider a tooth extraction include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Unsuccessful root canal therapy
- Cracked tooth caused by trauma
- Significant structural damage
- Advanced gum disease
- Severe tooth crowding
What Are the Risks of Putting Off a Necessary Extraction?
A tooth that should be extracted but isn't can put you at an elevated risk of:
Tooth extraction can eliminate harmful bacteria. Getting rid of bacteria lessens the chance of oral infections and gum disease. Gum disease can even spread throughout the body and impact your heart and respiratory system.
Our dentists can provide almost immediate pain relief with tooth extraction. On the other hand, leaving a compromised tooth in your mouth may subject you to increased pain as the infection worsens.
Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons patients visit our office for a tooth extraction.
Millions of Wisdom Teeth Are Removed Each Year
Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons patients visit our Austin, TX, dental office for a tooth extraction. In fact, approximately 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed each year.
Many patients do not have sufficient room in their jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth are either unable to erupt from the gums or come in at an angle. This can cause severe inflammation and greatly increases your risk for infection.
It can even be wise to extract wisdom teeth that have not caused any problems. This is because extracting wisdom teeth early can help avoid several future dental issues.
Protect Your Oral Health With Prompt, Gentle Care
If you're currently in pain, we are here to help. Our dentists can safely remove your tooth, preventing infection and protecting your oral health.
From wisdom tooth extraction to replacing severely compromised teeth with implant-supported restorations, you can count on us to coordinate the care you need to make your smile healthy, comfortable, and functional once again.
To get in touch with us, contact our friendly Austin dentistry office online or call
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I love Dr. Tasch and this practice. Dr. Tasch truly listens, and I'm so lucky to have found him. Everyone at 38th Street is so professional and kind. They always listen to my concerns, and give me the BEST treatment plan, that I can afford.View on Google
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Insurance and Financing For Extractions & Restorations
Many patients are interested in financing for dental implants or even just the portion of their care not covered by insurance. We accept both CareCredit® and Lending Club. This allows our patients to pay for treatment with low-interest financing or loans.
What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction
Our dentists work with trusted oral surgeons who perform both simple and surgical extractions. Their office is conveniently located next door to our Austin, TX, dental practice.
We work with trusted oral surgeons next door to our office for convenient, streamlined care.
"I couldn’t be any happier with my experience!" Patients Appreciate Our Team
I am new to Austin and had severe tooth pain one night. They were able to get me in the next day! Not only did they provide the best service but Melanie even took the extra time to call my insurance and figure everything out on my behalf! They are up front about any costs so there are no surprises! The doctor went through every step to figure out which one of my teeth was actually causing me pain. He didn’t quit after X-rays and one test to tell me “you’re fine” he believed me and found the root cause (pun intended)! If you’re looking for a new dentist look no further! I couldn’t be any happier with my experience!View on Google
I’ve been a patient of Doctor Meek since 2010, and every visit has been phenomenal.
All the staff are wonderful.
Melissa is a sweetheart, and extremely knowledgeable in her field, as is Dr. Meek. Front desk Patty, Stephanie, and Melanie are amazing. And dental hygienist Tiffany.
...Thank you all!
Our Dentists Provide Critical Aftercare Instructions
In addition to excellent care, Drs. Tasch and Meek are known for empowering patients through education. They will make sure you understand the what and why of your tooth extraction. They will also give detailed guidelines to optimize your recovery.
Minimize Risk of Infection
To minimize the risk of infection in the days following surgery, patients should
- Take prescribed medication
- Wear their gauze as advised
- Avoid using a straw
- Follow all other post-op instructions.
Manage Side Effects
While patients should anticipate some swelling and inflammation after surgery, most side effects fade within a few days. You can manage these side effects by:
- Taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen, etc.)
- Applying ice packs to the cheek over the extraction site can help manage any swelling.
Dry Socket And How to Avoid It
Our bodies naturally help us heal after a tooth extraction by forming a blood clot at the extraction site. This blood clot provides protection for the wound.
Sometimes, the blood clot can become dislodged through the use of straws or eating hard foods. It can result in dry socket, a painful condition that needs attention as soon as possible.
If you notice that the blood clot at the extraction site has become dislodged, act fast and contact our Austin dentists. We can quickly treat or coordinate care for the effects of dry socket to provide relief and protect your oral health.
Dry socket only happens in about five percent of extraction cases, but it pays to be aware of the risk and how to avoid it:
- Don't use a straw for at least 48 hours after your procedure
- Eat soft foods for about two weeks
- Wait about four days before brushing near the extraction site
- Don't smoke
Will I Need A Dental Restoration?
Not always — but it depends on what type of extraction you've received. If our dentists remove a baby tooth, an overcrowded tooth, or a wisdom tooth, then you won't need a restoration. However, if they extract a tooth that is crucial to the appearance or function of your smile, then you will need one.