Austin & Dripping SpringsTooth Extractions

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Tooth Extractions 

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Tooth Extraction  

Whether you have wisdom teeth growing in improperly, a serious tooth infection, or advanced gum disease, Belterra Dental offers gentle tooth extractions and replacement to protect your oral health. We use gentle, proven methods and powerful numbing agents to ensure the most comfortable extraction. Our board-certified dentists offer tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal for patients near Austin and Dripping Springs, Texas. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort with your teeth, please give us a call right away. We offer same-day appointments when needed.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical dental procedure for removal of one or more wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are four permanent adult teeth that are at the extreme corners of your mouth, both at the top and at the bottom. Sometimes the wisdom tooth can grow without enough room and such a tooth is called an impacted wisdom tooth. This results in wisdom tooth pain, infections and other dental complications including dental abscess. When this happens, you are left with no option but to have it pulled out. Wisdom tooth extraction can be done by either a dentist or an oral surgeon. In order to prevent future problems, many oral surgeons recommend that extraction be carried out even If the impacted teeth are not causing any problems currently.

Wisdom teeth, commonly known as third molars, are usually the last teeth to grow in the mouth. They begin to appear between age 17 and 25. Some people never develop them, but others do very normally without causing any complications. Many people however develop teeth that do not have adequate room to develop normally. An impacted tooth can grow at a certain angle towards the neighboring tooth, grow towards the back of the mouth or even grow at a right angle to the rest of the teeth and appear as though the wisdom tooth is lying within the jaw bone.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Some of the most prominent benefits of wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Prevents infection and decay
  • Prevents damage and misalignment to other teeth
  • Helps alleviate mouth and jaw pain
  • Reduces headaches
  • Less orthodontic issues in the future
  • Decreases risk of gum disease and inflammation

Why Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Impacted wisdom teeth come with many complications such as:

  • Pain
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Development of abscess on the wisdom tooth
  • Trapping food particles and debris behind the tooth
  • Complications with orthodontic procedures for teeth straightening

How It Works: Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

The surgical tooth extraction procedure can be carried out at your local Austin dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office. If you are removing all your wisdom teeth at the same time, you may have it done at the hospital given the higher risks for complications. For instance, at Belterra Dental, our qualified Austin dentists will review you first before recommending oral surgery. If there are any infections, they will prescribe some antibiotics to help in healing the infection before scheduling you for oral surgery.

At the point of surgery, the oral surgeon in Austin will numb the area using anesthesia so as to prevent wisdom tooth pain. During the tooth extraction procedure, they will open up the gum tissue above the tooth and take out any bone that may be covering it. They will then separate the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone and then remove the wisdom tooth. After this, you will need a couple of stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time, while others have to be removed after a few days by a qualified oral surgeon. A cotton gauze pad is then placed over the wound in order to regulate the bleeding.

Recovery Tips For After Tooth Extraction

Here are some tips to help you speed up your recovery after wisdom teeth removal or tooth extraction in Austin:

  • Gently bite on the gauze pad intermittently and change the pads as they soak with blood. If you are still bleeding 24 hours after surgery, call or pay your dentist a visit.
  • Be extra careful not to accidentally bite the inside of your cheek, tongue or lip since your mouth is numb.
  • Prop up your head using pillows and avoid lying flat at all cost as it may prolong bleeding.
  • Do your best to relax after surgery. A lot of physical activity can lead to increased bleeding.
  • For the first few days after surgery, avoid using a straw as it can loosen the blood clot and prolong the healing process.
  • Do not eat solid foods after the procedure. Eat soft ones such as pudding of even thin soup. With time, as the healing process progresses, you can introduce solid foods to your diet.
  • After a day, gently rinse your mouth with some warm salty water as many times as you can. This will aid in relieving pain and reducing the swelling.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after surgery. The sucking motion loosens the clot and delays the overall healing process. Additionally, smoking reduces blood supply and can bring contaminants to the wound.
  • Do not rub the wounded area using your tongue or your fingers for that matter.
  • Brush your teeth and tongue as usual but do so very carefully to avoid causing further injury to the wound.

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Regular exams help spot trouble early to prevent bigger and more costly treatments later.

Medical and dental experts study the use of X-rays and set limits for their safety. Your dentist should take as few as possible. Sometimes dentists may recommend X-rays to diagnose a special problem. Advancements in technology means today’s digital X-rays release much less radiation and are safer than in the past.

Stores sell many whitening products, and you can get take-home gels and trays from your dentist, but neither is as strong as procedures done in a dental office

If you want to try an over-the-counter whitener, look for one with an ADA seal. Check with your dentist for advice before you buy, especially if you have dental work or dark stains. And don’t keep using them, or you could damage your teeth.

Caps and crowns cover problem teeth by surrounding them in a material that looks like a real tooth. They use the root and inside of the tooth as a base to build on, then attach with special cement.

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.

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