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Tooth Extraction

Preserving natural teeth is a top priority in dentistry, but for certain conditions, an extraction may be the best treatment option.

The dentists at 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, can perform a tooth extraction to help improve the health of a compromised smile.

Learn more about why our dentists might recommend a tooth extraction...

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons patients visit our Austin, TX, dental office for a tooth extraction. Most patients do not have sufficient room in their jaw to accommodate the third and final set of molars. 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. Extracting wisdom teeth early can help avoid developing future dental issues.

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.
We work with trusted oral surgeons next door to our office for convenient, streamlined care.

Anesthesia

Before beginning treatment, your oral surgeon will administer local anesthesia. This allows for a virtually painless procedure. If you require a complex extraction, or if you are feeling anxious, your surgeon can provide a deeper sedative option to help you relax.

Simple Extraction

Your surgeon will loosen the tooth by gently shifting it back and forth. The tooth will then be lifted from its socket with minimal impact to nearby tissue. Gauze will be placed in the socket to manage bleeding following treatment.

Surgical Extraction

Impacted teeth require surgical extraction. After shifting any tissue obscuring the tooth, your surgeon will remove the tooth before placing sutures to encourage faster healing. In some cases, the surgeon may need to separate the tooth into several pieces to remove it properly.

After Care

To minimize the risk of infection in the days following surgery, patients should take prescribed medications, avoid using a straw, and follow all other post-op instructions. Using a straw could dislodge the blood clot that forms where the tooth was pulled, which can lead to the painful symptoms of dry socket.

While patients should anticipate some swelling and inflammation after surgery, most side effects fade within a few days.

Taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen, etc.) and applying ice packs to the cheek over the extraction site can help manage any swelling.

The team at 38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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