Tooth Extractions in Mansfield
Treating Fractured, Broken, & Infected Teeth
When a tooth is fractured or broken, swelling and infection can result. Extracting the tooth may be necessary to prevent this problem. After a tooth extraction, the newly empty space needs to be filled to prevent shifting of the surrounding teeth. Implants, bridges or dentures are used to replace extracted teeth. Orchard Family Dental offers tooth extractions and tooth replacement solutions in our dental office in Mansfield, TX.
Reasons Tooth Extraction is Needed
Our Mansfield dentists are committed to helping our patients save their teeth and promote oral health among our patients. We use advanced dental technologies to prevent tooth extractions, when possible. However, in some situations, a tooth needs to be extracted. When this happens, we offer the highest standard of care and tooth replacement options.
A tooth may require extraction when:
The decay is too advanced to save the tooth
Infection is present
The tooth is fractured or broken
Bone loss has caused the teeth to become loose
Crowding needs to be alleviated
The Process of Tooth Extraction
A local anesthetic is injected to numb the mouth in the area where we will remove the tooth. In some cases, we may use a sedative such as nitrous oxide or oral medications. Once the area is numb, dental instruments are used to rock the tooth and loosen it. Depending on the condition of the tooth, We may remove the tooth in one piece or several pieces, depending on its condition.
Your Mansfield dentist will provide aftercare instructions. Our goal is to minimize discomfort and encourage quick recovery for our patients.
Guidelines for Tooth Extractions:
- Take the medication prescribed to alleviate your pain.
- Be sure to take the antibiotic that is prescribed to prevent infection.
- You will be instructed to bite down on a gauze pad with firm and gentle pressure to help with reducing bleeding and allowing a clot to form in the tooth socket. The gauze pad should be replaced with a new one about an hour later, and maintain pressure on the area where the tooth was extracted for at least two hours.
- Apply cold compresses when you get home for 10 minutes at a time to keep swelling at a minimum.
- Avoid the extraction site when brushing your teeth.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth, spitting, and using a straw for 24 hours.
- Avoid smoking
- Limit physical activity for the day of the extraction and the following day
- Prop your head with pillows to prevent bleeding during sleep
- Contact our office if you have a problem or concern.
Need a tooth extracted? Call (817) 631-2444 for immediate attention.