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Tooth Extraction Specialist

Lee Dental -  - Dentist

Lee Dental

Dentists located in Frisco, TX

Teeth ideally last a lifetime, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to preserve the overall health of your mouth. If you live in or around the area of Frisco, Texas, talk to the doctors at Lee Dental about your options for tooth extraction. Dr. Clyde Lee and Dr. Julie Lee will do their best to make the procedure as simple as possible.

Tooth Extraction

Why would I need a tooth extracted?

Adults sometimes need teeth extracted due to extensive damage from trauma or decay that just can’t be fixed. Other reasons you might need to have a tooth extracted are:

  • Your tooth is infected
  • Your mouth is too crowded
  • You have serious gum disease that has loosened the supporting tissue around the tooth
  • You have a compromised immune system due to illness or chemotherapy, and you can’t risk even a minor tooth infection

What happens during an extraction?

You’ll have a local anesthetic administered to numb the area. How strong the anesthetic is used depends on whether or not the tooth is impacted, meaning it’s still underneath the gum. In the case of impacted teeth, the dentists must cut the gum and bone covering the tooth and use forceps to loosen the tooth.

The dentist will pack gauze in the socket where the tooth was, and in some cases, put in a few self-dissolving stitches to close the gum area.

Is having a tooth extracted safe?

Tooth extractions are extremely safe. However, if you have a medical condition that puts you at risk for infection, it’s recommended you take antibiotics to reduce the risk. Talk to the staff at Lee Dental for guidance on precautions you should take.

How do I care for my mouth after an extraction?

You may have pain or discomfort for a few days after having a tooth pulled. The dentist may prescribe painkillers to ease the pain. Ice packs applied to your jaw where the extraction occurred can help minimize pain, too.

A blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth once was. This clot prevents you from bleeding, so avoid spitting forcefully or drinking from a straw also for 24 hours, as this can dislodge the clot.

Other self-care tips after an extraction include:

  • Rest and limit physical activity for about 24 hours
  • Prop your head up at an angle when you lie down to prevent bleeding
  • Eat soft foods
  • Refrain from smoking because it delays healing
  • Brush and floss your teeth and tongue, but avoid the extraction site