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.
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.