Patients who experience jaw pain, tender or swollen gums, bad breath, or pain at the tooth site may have a tooth that needs to be extracted. If this pain is due to a decay or disease, we will attempt to save the tooth before performing any extractions. If pain is a result of impacted wisdom teeth, removal is commonly the best option. In either case, we will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if a gentle extraction is necessary to help alleviate your tooth pain and restore the health back to your smile.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many oral health complications if they are not removed. In addition to causing jaw pain and irritation to the gums, difficulty brushing and flossing around partially erupted teeth can leave a buildup of plaque and cause gum infection or decay of surrounding teeth. Bacteria from infection may also spread to the bloodstream and throughout the body, potentially causing complications to overall health. Pressure from impacted wisdom teeth that do not erupt properly can cause crowding and increase the chance of bite misalignment. However, when a problem wisdom tooth is removed, pain is alleviated, and the chance of infection and systemic complications arising is virtually eliminated!
We may recommend socket preservation if a tooth extraction is necessary, especially to preserve the site for the future placement of dental implants. When a tooth is removed, the jaw bone begins to recede, and can cause shifting of surrounding teeth as well as restrict the ability to receive dental implants. During a socket preservation procedure, we place bone material into the empty socket to restore volume and shape to the jaw bone. This is generally done in preparation for dental implants, though preserving the structure of the jaw bone can help retain facial appearance, improve comfort as the socket heals, and stave off more severe bone loss at the tooth extraction site.
At Luxadent Family Dental, we strive to make your experience with tooth extraction in Houston, TX as pain-free and relaxing as possible. Wisdom teeth removal and general tooth extractions are routine procedures in our office, and we are proud to provide these services with the highest level of convenience and comfort. We offer multiple sedation dentistry options if you need additional assistance feeling calm during your procedure.