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Tooth Extractions – Waco, TX

Removing the Pain for a Healthier Smile

A young woman holding her cheek in pain at the dentist office

Keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible is beneficial to your oral health. Unfortunately, when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, tooth extraction in Waco may be the only safe and effective solution. At Premier Family Dental, Dr. Cofer will create a treatment plan that will include extraction and replacement, helping you to achieve a complete smile much quicker. Let us help you find relief from the pain. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

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Pain is typically one of the most common symptoms associated with individuals needing a tooth extraction. If decay or damage is present and a root canal will not suffice, it is imperative that you allow our team to remove your tooth and offer effective solutions for replacement.

What you might not realize is damage and decay are not the only reasons for extraction. Your dentist might suggest removal if you face any of the following scenarios:

  • Crowded teeth: Are you looking to receive orthodontic work? It may not be possible without removing a tooth. Crowded teeth can be problematic when it comes to preventing gum disease and tooth decay because of the inability to thoroughly clean your teeth.
  • Infection: If an infection reaches the inner layer of your tooth and a root canal will not be enough to save it, expect Dr. Cofer to recommend an extraction.
  • Gum disease: When gum disease progresses into periodontitis, the chances of bone and tooth loss increase. If your tooth does not fall out, it may be necessary to have it extracted.

Different Types of Tooth Extractions

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There are two different types of tooth extractions: wisdom teeth removal and multiple tooth extraction.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Known as the “third molars,” these teeth are not as important as they used to be. At one point in time, these teeth were necessary for tearing and gnawing on coarse meat; however, times have changed, and nowadays, they’re virtually unnecessary.

Older teenagers and young adults are the most common patients to have their wisdom teeth removed. These teeth can become impacted, never pushing through the gum line and causing immense pain. They can also partially erupt, and if they do so at an angle, it can shift your teeth out of alignment.

After examining your mouth Dr. Cofer believes you could benefit from a wisdom tooth extraction, he will perform the surgery one of two ways:

  • Partial eruption: Using special tools, he will gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches.
  • Impacted teeth: He will make a small incision in the gum line to expose the tooth. If necessary, he will cut it into pieces to make the removal process easier.

Multiple Tooth Extraction

Having multiple teeth extracted isn’t always the best news, but Dr. Cofer will never let you leave without providing a solution for replacement. When vacated sockets exist within the mouth, your bone can weaken. This will not only change your facial appearance, but it will also cause your natural teeth to shift out of alignment. As the bone deteriorates, you will notice your other teeth becoming loose or falling out.

Extraction Site Preservation

To prevent bone from weakening or teeth from shifting, dental implants are an effective way to replace your missing teeth. Unfortunately, if the bone is not strong enough to support implants, it may be necessary for us to perform an extraction site preservation. Dr. Cofer will use bone grafting material to fortify the bone near the site of the missing tooth. After several months of healing, this will enable you to have a successful dental implant placement.

Post-Operative Care

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After having your teeth extracted, there are steps you need to follow in order to heal successfully at home. These include:

  • Gently biting down on the gauze provided by Dr. Cofer that will help form a clot at the surgical site. This will reduce the bleeding.
  • Take any antibiotics or pain relievers as instructed by your dentist.
  • Rest for a few days following your procedure, and avoid any physical activity.
  • Eat only soft foods, and avoid chewing on the side in which you had the tooth extracted.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth but stay away from the wounded area until it is healed.
  • Reduce swelling by applying a cold compress.
  • Do not use a straw or spit for 24 hours after your procedure, as this can dislodge the clot.