Dental Extractions in Austin
Fast, painless tooth extractions
Our doctors want you to keep your natural teeth whenever possible, however, there are cases when a tooth is beyond repair and must be extracted to maintain oral health.
Teeth that have been injured by trauma or that are heavily decayed or infected may require extraction. Wisdom teeth may also need to be removed prior to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® clear aligners.
Gentle and painless
Our doctors take great care to keep you comfortable and free from pain during the extraction procedure. We will also review your medical history to ensure that there are no problems with blood clotting.
We will follow up with a phone call that evening to be certain that you are comfortable.
The gap created when a tooth is extracted can be problematic, causing the jawbone and gum to deteriorate and shrink due to lack of stimulation from a tooth.
Our doctors perform socket preservation, a technique using bone graft material to fill the socket and prevent this deterioration. Plasma rich in growth factors is also used in socket preservation to enhance bone and tissue regeneration when preparing for dental implants. With this advanced technology, the rate of healing is increased, and recovery time is greatly reduced.
These procedures provide the conditions needed for successful dental implants, should you choose to have one placed. We use Arestin® time-released antibiotic therapy to prevent a possible infection.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are third molars and are the teeth furthest back in your mouth. They usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, hence the term “wisdom” teeth, as people are considered to become wiser as they age.
Our doctors take panoramic X-rays to isolate the exact position of your wisdom teeth and plan the surgery ahead of time. For longer procedures or for maximum comfort, we can provide oral sedation in addition to local anesthesia
Most adults have four wisdom teeth, with a third molar in each of the four quadrants of the arches. It is common for these third molars to affect other teeth as develop with conditions such as the following.
- When there is not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to fully emerge through the gum, a flap of gum tissue may grow over the area, allowing food to be trapped and possibly lead to a gum infection.
- Wisdom teeth may emerge at an odd and uncomfortable angle, or are facing the wrong direction.
- If the jaw doesn’t have enough space for the wisdom teeth to emerge, they may become impacted (trapped) in the jaw and unable to break through the gums.
- Wisdom teeth that are very crowded may become difficult to clean and lead to decay or gum disease.
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