Extractions Specialist

Leander Family Dental Care

Angela Mathew, DDS

General Dentistry located in Leander, TX

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For expert extractions, trust the experienced team at Leander Family Dental Care. Depending on your specific case, they exhaust all other options prior to recommending an extraction and offer both surgical and non-surgical methods. The compassionate care they provide makes it the place to go when you need to have a tooth pulled. Schedule a consultation online or call the Leander, Texas, office today.

Extractions Q & A

Why are extractions sometimes necessary?

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, this doesn't always happen. For instance, you could need a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay may all contribute to the need for having a tooth pulled. Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

How are extractions performed?

There are two types of extractions: non-surgical extraction and surgical extraction.

Non-Surgical Extraction

Simple, non-surgical extractions are just like they sound. They're simple! Your dentist performs this type of extraction on teeth that can be seen in your mouth. During this procedure, an experienced dentist at Leander Family Dental Care loosens your tooth with a small instrument and carefully lifts it out with dental forceps.

Surgical Extraction

A surgical extraction is a more comprehensive procedure. The tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t come through the surface of your gums, as is typical with wisdom teeth. To perform a surgical extraction your dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.

In both a simple extraction and surgical extraction, your dentist gives you a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain. If you're having a couple of teeth removed at one appointment, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will be unconscious throughout the procedure.

How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?

Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, the first stages of the healing process usually occur within one or two weeks. In the spaces where your teeth used to be, new gum tissue and bone grow.

You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.

Every patient is different, so it’s best to contact Leander Family Dental Care and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.

Call Leander Family Dental Care to make an appointment or use the online booking tool.