Tooth Extraction

Montgomery County Periodontal Associates

Miles A. Mason, DDS, MSD

Periodontist & Dental Implant Surgeon located in The Woodlands, TX & Conroe, TX

For patients experiencing tooth decay, trauma, or infections, tooth extraction may be necessary to relieve discomfort and pain and prevent further complications. Dr. Miles A. Mason is an experienced periodontist and dental implant surgeon who can provide the comprehensive care you need. To find out if your condition requires a tooth extraction, book an appointment at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, with two offices in The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas, by phone or online today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

Tooth extraction is required when your tooth has been damaged (either by trauma or periodontal disease) past the point of repair. If you have crowded teeth, you may also require a tooth extraction to improve the alignment of your teeth.

Tooth extractions are a routine procedure but should be considered a last resort when there are no options for saving the natural tooth.

What should I expect during tooth extraction?

After Dr. Mason has evaluated your condition, he conducts a series of X-rays to help him map out the extraction process. To minimize discomfort, he performs tooth extractions under local anesthesia or moderate conscious sedation. Teeth that are difficult to extract are often removed in pieces.

After extraction, Dr. Mason provides instructions to minimize bleeding and help the extraction site to heal. Dr. Mason also prescribes medications as necessary to prevent infection and ensure a successful recovery.

While the discomfort from an extraction site typically resolves in just a few days, the complete healing process takes some time for the bone to fill in the extraction socket and mature. Having missing or extracted teeth can impact the beauty and function of your smile, so it is important to consider tooth replacement prior to your procedure.

What is the aftercare for a tooth extraction?

There are a number of best practices to follow after a tooth extraction. Some of these practices include:

  • Applying an ice pack to reduce swelling
  • Avoiding rinsing or forceful spitting as directed after the procedure
  • Avoiding smoking- cease smoking if at all possible
  • Eating soft foods like yogurt and applesauce for the first 24 hrs
  • Brushing as normal while avoiding the extraction site
  • Taking medication that Dr. Mason may prescribe you

Although tooth extractions rarely cause complications, the biggest risk is the development of a dry socket post-procedure. Dry sockets develop when the blood clot forming around the extraction site is disturbed or displaced, exposing the underlying bone and allowing an infection to occur.

To avoid this painful experience, it’s important to be gentle with your extraction site, and follow the best practices for aftercare.

After your extraction, Dr. Mason discusses options for tooth replacement. For patients experiencing severe periodontal disease, it is often best to extract the damaged tooth and replace it with a dental implant.

To discuss treatment options for your oral health concerns, book an appointment with Dr. Mason at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates by phone or online today.