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Tooth Extractions – Austin, TX

When Removing Teeth Become a Necessity

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At Parkfield Family Dental, Dr. Tijerina wants you to keep your natural teeth as long as possible. Unfortunately, certain situations arise that require he remove a tooth in order to prevent additional problems from developing or infection from spreading in an already severely decayed tooth. Although never used as a “go-to” solution, tooth extractions are necessary, and fortunately, he and his trusted team do everything to make sure you are comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process. Whether you need multiple teeth removed or wisdom teeth extracted, we can ensure you will receive the highest level of dental care possible. To schedule an appointment, call us today.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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More mature teenagers and younger adults often have what is known as a wisdom tooth extraction. The reason for this is because these teeth, which are considered third molars, no longer serve a valuable purpose. At one time, they were great for gnawing and tearing more coarse foods; however, as humans and diets evolved, jaws became smaller and these teeth caused more and more problems.

While some patients watch their third molars grow in with no problem, others can experience a partial tooth eruption or have impacted wisdom teeth. This can cause your teeth to shift and move your bite out of alignment.

In order to address this problem, Dr. Tijerina partners with a local oral surgeon who will perform a wisdom tooth extraction. This safe and effective procedure is completed using IV sedation, making it easy for you as the patient to feel no pain during the procedure.

Should you have a partial eruption, the surgeon will use special tools to gently move the tooth back and forth until it completely detaches. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, they will need to make a small incision in the gums and remove each tooth in pieces to make the process as easy as possible.

Multiple Tooth Extractions

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If you have multiple teeth that are decayed or damaged, it might be necessary for Dr. Tijerina to remove them and offer a resolution for replacement. But if you’re asking, “why do I need a tooth pulled,” it may be because of one of the following reasons:

  • Your tooth or teeth are severely damaged and cannot be effectively restored
  • Your teeth are loosening as a result of advanced periodontitis (gum disease) and it has weakened the bone
  • You require orthodontic treatment and multiple teeth need to be removed in order for treatment to be successful

Should this be the case, Dr. Tijerina will happily discuss ways in which your missing teeth can be replaced. One of the most effective ways is through dental implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone and mimic the root of your tooth. This helps to stimulate the jawbone and keep it from deteriorating.

Extraction Site Preservation

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Once your teeth are extracted, if you learn that your bone is too weak for dental implants, the only way you can still hope to restore your smile with these permanent, longer-lasting restorations is with extraction site preservation. Through this process, Dr. Tijerina will use bone minerals to add to a weakened area of your jaw. This will provide additional support and encourage the bone to become stronger, thus, creating a more solid foundation for your implants. You will be required to spend several months recovering after this type of procedure before you can begin to consider dental implant placement.

Post-Operative Care

There is a recovery period for tooth extractions, and in order to heal properly, you’ll need to keep these tips in mind:

  • Bite down on the gauze provided by us. This will help to create a blood clot, which will reduce the amount of bleeding.
  • Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid using a straw or spitting for 24 hours after your procedure, as it can dislodge the clot.
  • Opt for soft foods in the days after your procedure and avoid chewing on the side of the extraction site.
  • Take any pain medications or antibiotics as instructed by Dr. Tijerina.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine but avoid the surgical site until it has fully healed.