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Tooth Extractions – Murphy, TX

Safe and Effective Emergency Extractions

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Did you recently experience sudden oral trauma and now have a broken tooth? Has decay reached the inner area of your tooth, making it unbearable to chew your favorite foods? While Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen and Dr. Masoud Najari do everything they can to save teeth, there are instances where it’s better to have the tooth extracted. Regardless, you can rest knowing that our dental office will provide dedicated emergency care with comfort in mind. After your treatment, we’ll go over your tooth replacement options and provide a professional recommendation. Call our dental office to get your dental issues treated today with tooth extractions in Murphy, TX!

Why You May Need a Tooth Extracted

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Tooth extractions are often the last resort when it comes to treatment. However, there are many instances where extracting a tooth is a better option than trying to save it. If our dental office confirms that a filling, crown or root canal treatment isn’t enough to save your tooth, we’ll recommend an extraction. The most common scenarios in which an extraction occurs include:

  • Significant decay breaking down the tooth
  • Extensive gum disease
  • Severely cracked or broken teeth
  • To make room for orthodontic treatment
  • Severe oral infection
  • Nearby teeth becoming damaged

The Tooth Extraction Process

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After a thorough examination and confirmation that no other treatments can effectively save your tooth, we’ll begin planning your treatment. Before extraction, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to remove any potential discomfort during your treatment. Once your tooth and surrounding gum tissue have been sufficiently numbed, we can begin the extraction process.

Extractions fall into one of two categories: simple and surgical. Simple extractions are performed when the tooth is easily visible. Surgical extractions are less common and performed when the tooth is underneath gum tissue or neighboring teeth. In this case, a simple incision will be made in order to better access the tooth.

Once we have clear view of the tooth, we’ll use a dental elevator to gently rock the tooth back and forth. This detaches the tooth from the periodontal ligament holding it in place. Once loosened, we’ll use a pair of dental forceps to grab and remove the tooth from your jaw.

Emergency Care and Tooth Replacement Available

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Whether you’re in need of repair or extraction, you can expect our dental office to put your comfort and your future needs first. We do our best to get your appointment scheduled the same day it occurs, including on Saturdays. In the event that you’re too anxious or fearful of dental visits, we provide sedation dentistry to make your treatment easier.

After your extraction, our dental office is more than happy to go over your tooth replacement options. While dental bridges can fill the gap in your smile, we often recommend dental implants to patients because of their longevity and durability. Our dentists will help you determine the best option that suits your needs.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Do you want to learn more about tooth extractions – from what your options are for filling the open space in your smile to how to prepare for the procedure? Good news: you’ll find the answers to these questions and several others below. Of course, you’re more than welcome to call our Murphy dental office as well!

How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?

It’s common for patients to focus on what they should do after their procedure. While that’s certainly important, it’s also important to focus on what to do before. Since they have all of the details of your treatment plan, the best thing to do is talk to your dental team. From there, they can give you specific instructions on what to do prior to your appointment, like sticking to water the morning of and arranging for a trusted adult to drive you to and from your appointment.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

That depends on the reason for the extraction! If you are having a tooth removed to create space prior to your orthodontic treatment, then the answer is “yes.” If the tooth was removed due to extensive damage or decay, on the other hand, then the answer is likely “no.” Remember, even if you can’t see the tooth when you smile or laugh, leaving the space empty can negatively impact the alignment of your teeth as well as the strength of your bite.

What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

At Murphy Family Dentistry, we offer three tooth-replacement solutions: dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Although they all are custom-made, lifelike, and durable, they aren’t all for everyone. For example, you can’t use a denture to replace one missing tooth. That’s one of the reasons your initial consultation is so important! After learning about your unique dental needs, medical history, preferences, and smile goals, we’ll help you determine which one we recommend and why.

What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?

If you get a bit stir-crazy cooped up in the house or want to use as little PTO as possible, you might be wondering how you can get through the healing period quickly. The answer? Following all of your dentist’s aftercare instructions to a tee. That includes resting, staying hydrated, keeping your mouth clean, taking OTC pain medication as directed, and not drinking through a straw.

Note: We know it can be tempting to try and rush the process. However, you may end up adding more time onto the backend of the recovery period if you do. For example, if you exercise too soon, then you can develop a dry socket, which can be quite painful.