The most common reason for tooth extraction is the improper growth of wisdom teeth. If you don’t have enough space for your wisdom teeth to come out properly, they can damage your other teeth and cause infections and other complications, so they may need to be removed.
Tooth extraction is also a last resort for treating damaged and decayed teeth that can’t be restored with other treatments like root canals, fillings, and crowns. If your tooth has been severely damaged by an oral injury, a tooth infection, or even gum disease, it may need to be pulled.
Extractions are also sometimes used to prepare for other dental treatments like the placement of dental implants, denture fitting, or even orthodontics.
Dr. Mun will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. We offer sedation dentistry to keep you feeling safe and comfortable, as well. This ensures a pain-free extraction.
Once you are fully numbed and sedated, Dr. Mun will use special tools to loosen the connection between your tooth and your gums. You may feel some pressure at this time, but you will not feel any pain.
After the tooth is loose, Dr. Mun will remove it using a pair of forceps. Then, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut to help it heal. This process will be repeated to extract more teeth, if necessary.
No. Your mouth will be numb and we also offer sedation at our office, which helps reduce feelings of fear, anxiety, and discomfort during your tooth extraction in Cedar Park. Dr. Mun will ensure you feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire appointment.
You should note, however, that you will start to experience some pain and discomfort after your appointment, once your numbing and sedation wear off. Dr. Mun will provide you with detailed instructions on how to deal with your pain and discomfort, and ensure you recover properly after your appointment.
Yes, unless you’ve had a wisdom tooth pulled. Extracted wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced, but any other tooth should be replaced ASAP with a prosthetic like a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant.
Losing one or more teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, and also may make it harder to bite and chew your favorite foods. Losing front teeth may even impact your ability to speak clearly.
Not only that, but tooth loss also causes oral health issues like teeth shifting, which occurs when your remaining healthy teeth try to shift toward the now-empty socket in your mouth. This can cause issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth. For all of these reasons, you should replace your missing tooth at Whitestone Family Dentistry as soon as you can.