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How to Know if You Need a Tooth Extraction?

By: Dr. Carolyn B. Walker


Are you struggling with tooth pain? The thought of a tooth extraction might create anxiety, but having the tooth pulled can bring much-needed relief from the throbbing discomfort. However, you might wonder if you actually need a tooth extraction or if the tooth could be saved. If a tooth is severely damaged by disease or trauma, it is probably beyond repair, and an extraction is the only option.

If you are in pain and think you might require a tooth extraction, you should make an appointment with Dr. Carolyn B. Walker at Pipe Creek Dental Center in Pipe Creek, TX. She will perform a complete exam and evaluation to determine if the tooth requires extraction. Dr. Walker always tries to preserve the tooth, but in some situations, it cannot be saved.

Tooth extraction in Pipe Creek, TX

After the exam, if Dr. Walker determines that your tooth requires extraction, she will discuss the process with you. If the tooth is above the gumline, it will typically only require a simple extraction. Most teeth that have been damaged by decay require a simple extraction. If you have a tooth that has failed to erupt beyond the gumline, you’ll likely need a surgical extraction. Wisdom and impacted teeth typically require surgical extraction.

All dental extractions are performed at the offices of Pipe Creek Dental Center in Pipe Creek, TX. You can choose from a variety of sedation methods, such as IV sedation or nitrous oxide, to make you comfortable and relieve anxiety.

Signs that you might require tooth extraction

Typically, the first sign of a tooth problem is pain, but not all toothaches require extraction.

Common signs that you might require a tooth extraction include:

  • Severe, throbbing pain

  • Jaw stiffness

  • Swelling of the gum around the tooth

  • Gum diseases

  • Pain when you chew or bite down

  • Extensive damage to the tooth.

  • Severe signs of infection

  • Impaction of the tooth

  • Overcrowding

What to expect during a tooth extraction

If Dr. Walker determines that you need a tooth extraction, the extraction will be performed in the comfort of our office. Local anesthesia is used to number the area during a simple extraction. Dr. Walker will start by loosening the tooth using a special device called an elevator. Once the tooth is loose, the doctor can easily remove it.

A surgical extraction involves making incisions directly into the gums to better reach the tooth. After removing the tooth, the incision is closed.

Following the extraction, you might require a ride home. Prior to the day of extraction, Dr. Walker will discuss the sedation method that she will use so that you can determine if you can drive or will require a ride.

During the healing process, you should avoid smoking, using straws, or spitting. You should eat only soft foods that are at room temperature for a few days as your gums heal. Normally, you will experience swelling of the gums. Often, Dr. Walker will provide a prescription for antibiotics or pain medications. Always follow the instructions on the prescriptions, and if you have any questions, contact the team at Pipe Creek Dental Center in Pipe Creek, TX.

Schedule a consultation to discuss tooth extraction in Pipe Creek, TX.

If you believe that you require a tooth extraction, contact the team at Pipe Creek Dental Center in Pipe Creek, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolyn B. Walker. She will evaluate the health of your tooth to determine if you need a tooth extraction and will discuss what you can expect from the treatment process.

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