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How a Tooth Extraction Can Protect Your Oral Health

If left untreated, the effects of a damaged or severely decayed tooth can result in more serious oral health concerns that may require extensive repairs. To help treat these issues before they worsen, Dr. Miles Mason can safely and comfortably remove the damaged tooth at our offices in The Woodlands, TX, and Conroe, TX. Tooth extraction is a common procedure that is performed for various reasons, including damage and decay from periodontal disease and impacted or crowded teeth. Tooth extraction may also be required prior to undergoing other procedures such as dental implants and other restorative treatments.

An xray image showing a missing tooth
Tooth extraction may be necessary to protect your oral health.

Why Can’t My Tooth Be Repaired?

Prior to your extraction, Dr. Mason will take a series of x-rays to help determine the exact process for removal and determine exactly which teeth require extraction. He will then inject the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic, which will numb the tooth and gums.

In some cases, if damage to a tooth is not too severe, we may be able to place a dental crown to help restore structure. Whenever possible, we will always try to save your natural tooth before recommending extraction; however, if a tooth is too damaged or becomes a threat to your overall oral health, it must be removed. Often, when a tooth has become infected or has sustained severe decay, there is always a concern that your gums and surrounding tissues may also become infected. Following a thorough examination, we can determine which option will help you achieve the best results.

What to Expect during a Tooth Extraction

During a consultation, we can determine which of your teeth require extraction, and advise you on your options for tooth replacement. Prior to your extraction, Dr. Mason will review a series of x-rays to determine the best method for extraction. He will then inject the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic that will numb the tooth and gums. This anesthetic can help ensure your comfort throughout the procedure and eliminate any pain that may be associated with the removal. Once the tooth has been safely extracted, you can apply a small piece of gauze and bite down to help stop any bleeding. To help make your recovery as pain-fee as possible, Dr. Mason often prescribes medications and recommends applying an ice pack to reduce swelling.

Making Room for Dental Implants

In advanced stages of periodontal disease or severe decay, patients may not have enough natural tooth structure to support a crown or prosthetic. Therefore, it may be necessary to extract the damaged tooth and replace it with a dental implant. The inserted implants, which are considered to be the gold standard for tooth replacement, can then be used as a strong and sturdy base to which a crown, denture, or bridge can be attached. Not only can dental implants provide a durable base, but they also help stimulate your jawbone, which is important to prevent your jaw from shrinking and becoming weakened.

Contact Us to Learn More About Your Options

If you have a tooth that has become painful, is severely damaged, or you would like to inquire about dental implants and other implant-supported restorations, please call Montgomery County Periodontal Associates at (281) 363-2009 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us online with any questions you may have about the procedure. 

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Dr. Mason and his staff have been fantastic.  Dr. Mason has performed periodontal surgery on me twice and always made himself available for after hours care and questions.  The surgical results turned out well and working with his staff has always been a nice experience. 

-Brandon G.
The Woodlands, TX