Tooth Extractions in Tyler, TX

While not ideal, sometimes tooth extractions are a necessary restorative treatment. Rest assured, our team will exhaust all other options before we recommend an extraction. Once your extraction is completed, we offer several restorative solutions to complete your smile once more. It’s normal to feel a bit of apprehension when thinking about this procedure, but we aim to make your treatment stress-free and efficient.

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Cause for a Tooth Extraction

Each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and there are several reasons for an extraction. Some common causes include:

  • Severe decay
  • Overcrowding
  • Preparation for dentures or implants
  • Periodontal disease

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Before treatment, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. If you’re undergoing a simple extraction, the tooth will be loosened and toggled back and forth until it is removed from the jawbone. During a surgical extraction, the tooth may need to be removed in pieces or retrieved from beneath the gums if it has not erupted yet. Once the removal is completed, a blood clot will form, and we will ask you to keep gauze in place until bleeding has subsided. During your healing process, avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, or rinsing vigorously to prevent knocking the blood clot loose. This is called a dry socket and can be extremely painful.

Tooth Extraction Cost

The cost of an extraction varies depending on the type of extraction you need performed. During your first visit, we will give you an exact cost breakdown and ensure you’re comfortable with any out-of-pocket costs. If you’re concerned about paying for treatment, our office offers in-house payment plans and accepts CareCredit® patient financing. For more information, please visit our financial page or speak with a member of our team.

How painful is a dental extraction?

Since a local anesthetic is always used before an extraction is performed, you might feel some pressure during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. In the days following your appointment, you will want to take prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication to relieve any pain or soreness and use a cold compress to numb the affected area. If you are nervous about your appointment, you can always request nitrous oxide to help reduce your anxiety and feel more relaxed during your visit.

How long does it take to recover from a dental extraction?

Recovery times depend on the patient and the exact type of treatment, but you will want to make sure that you don’t have any major plans scheduled for the rest of the day after your extraction. We also recommend taking it easy for at least two or three days afterward so you don’t dislodge the blood clot that will form, as that can cause a painful condition called a dry socket. If you have any questions about your recovery time and what you can and cannot do after a dental extraction, our team will be happy to answer them for you.

How long do I have to wait before I can eat?

Most patients are able to eat about an hour or two post-extraction. You will want to eat soft foods that require minimal chewing for at least a day or two while your gums recover and avoid foods or drinks that are really hot or really cold. Things like yogurt, cream of wheat, soup, pudding, mashed potatoes, and apple sauce are all fine to eat after a dental extraction. Do not drink anything through a straw during this recovery period, as that can also lead to a dry socket. Taking extra precautions during this time will help your gums to heal quickly and properly.

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