Tooth Extractions

Although adult teeth are intended to last a lifetime, pulling a tooth might save your smile in specific scenarios. At an initial consultation, Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani can evaluate your oral health and let you know if a tooth extraction is your next best step.

Tooth Extractions Defined

Our family dentist removes the tooth from the gum socket during a tooth extraction. Simple dental extractions and surgical extractions are the two primary types of dental extractions:

  • Simple Dental Extractions: If the tooth is visible, Dr. Keshwani can perform a simple dental extraction with an elevator and dental forceps to loosen and grab the tooth.
  • Surgical Dental Extractions: If a tooth is partially or fully impacted, Dr. Keshwani will perform a surgical procedure. This involves removing the gum and bone tissue, grasping the tooth, and gently loosening the tooth from the jawbone.

Reasons for Pulling a Tooth

When Dr. Keshwani suggests tooth extraction, it’s generally for one of three reasons:

  • Disease: Gum disease or tooth decay can wreak havoc on the center of the tooth, leading to infection. Dr. Keshwani will suggest a tooth extraction if the tooth is beyond repair.
  • Trauma: If your teeth have been injured in an accident, sometimes, they cannot be saved. In this instance, our dentist might suggest dental extraction.
  • Crowding: Dr. Keshwani might suggest removing a few teeth to support optimal dental alignment before orthodontic treatment.

What to Expect During a Dental Extraction

Dental extraction procedures vary from person to person, but here’s what you can generally expect:

  • Step 1: Before dental extraction, Dr. Keshwani creates treatment plans with her patients. Here, she will discuss tooth extraction cost, tooth extraction aftercare, and more.
  • Step 2: Dr. Keshwani’s team prioritizes patient comfort and offers amenities like neck pillows and blankets as well as local anesthesia and sedation dentistry methods.
  • Step 3: Our family dentist will remove the tooth via simple or surgical dental extraction.
  • Step 4: Dr. Keshwani will pack the surgical wound and might place a few self-dissolving stitches to close the gum edges after extraction. This helps prevent tooth extraction infections.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Typically, it takes a few days to a week to experience tooth extraction healing. While tooth extraction aftercare instructions are based on patient needs, here’s what you can typically expect:

  • Right after the procedure, apply an ice pack to your cheek to reduce swelling.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed.
  • For the first 24 hours, do not use a straw or rinse your mouth. Also, plan on relaxing and resting so that your body has a moment to heal itself.
  • Eat soft, liquid, and chilled foods, like smoothies, applesauce, or pudding.
  • Brush and floss teeth like normal, but avoid irritating the extraction site.
  • Rinse mouth with salt water to aid healing
  • Avoid smoking.

Learn More About Tooth Extraction in San Antonio, TX

Even though tooth extraction is not our general first line of defense, this procedure can protect your other teeth from damage. If you believe you could benefit from a dental extraction, call 210-732-3333 to schedule same-day dental services and get the relief you deserve.