Tooth extractions remove damaged, decaying, or impacted teeth. At The Dental Design Studios, Ivis Hernandez, DDS, offers simple and surgical tooth extractions. Using special tools and local anesthetics, she ensures the process is quick, effective, and pain-free. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Houston, Texas, call the office or book online.
Tooth extractions are an outpatient procedure used to remove one or multiple teeth. Though your teeth are tough and meant to last a lifetime, that isn’t always possible. If you develop a deep cavity, or your mouth doesn’t have enough room for your wisdom teeth to emerge, extractions may be necessary.
At The Dental Design Studios, Dr. Hernandez has years of experience performing tooth extractions. Her knowledge and expertise allow for quick, pain-free procedures and positive treatment outcomes.
To make sure you’re a candidate for tooth extractions, Dr. Hernandez conducts a comprehensive oral exam and asks about your symptoms. Then, she takes a series of oral X-rays to determine the position and condition of your affected tooth (or teeth).
If you take prescription medication or vitamins regularly, let Dr. Hernandez know, as they may interfere with the anesthesia. In addition, alert her to any potentially serious health problems you’re living with, like kidney disease or a congenital heart defect. She’ll want to ensure these conditions are stable before moving forward with treatment.
At The Dental Design Studios, Dr. Hernandez offers two types of tooth extractions:
If your damaged or decaying tooth is easy to access and above the gum line, Dr. Hernandez performs a simple extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, she loosens your tooth and removes it with dental forceps.
If you have an impacted tooth that hasn’t yet broken through the gum line, Dr. Hernandez performs a surgical extraction. She administers a local anesthetic and makes a small incision along your gum line. Then, she accesses your tooth and carefully removes it with dental forceps.
Following tooth extractions, it’s normal to experience swelling, mild pain, and increased sensitivity. In the first few days after your procedure, eat soft foods like scrambled eggs, yogurt, or mashed potatoes.
Continue to brush and floss, but be extra careful around the extraction site. Avoid drinking from a straw because suction can cause a dry socket. If the swelling or pain interferes with your daily routine, apply a bag of ice to your cheek or take over-the-counter medication.
To see if you’re a candidate for tooth extractions, make an appointment at The Dental Design Studios. Call the office and speak to a member of the administrative staff or book online today.