Unfortunately, there are times when a tooth needs to be removed, or “extracted”, at Studio Dental of River Park. A tooth extraction is necessary when a patient’s health and well-being are jeopardized due to an impacted wisdom tooth, a severe tooth infection, or teeth overcrowding. In our state-of-the-art office, we use the latest imaging technology to safely and predictably remove a tooth. Imaging technology is critical because it helps us to plan the extraction process with the most minimal amount of trauma – which helps with post-operative pain, and a significant decline in healing time. This translates to an overall better experience, and less down-time so you can carry on with your day-to-day life.
Tooth Extractions in Richmond, TX
There are two main types of extractions, both of which are commonly treated at Studio Dental of River Park. When the affected tooth is visible above the gum line it’s referred to as a “simple” extraction. Surgically removing a broken tooth from below the gum line is called an “impacted” extraction. Both types of extractions require about the same amount of healing time – typically 3-5 days – and are only differentiated due to the time required for the procedure to be completed.
Preparing for a Tooth Extraction
Prior to having a tooth extraction performed in our office, a detailed examination is performed for the tooth needing an extraction, and 3D digital X-rays are taken. With this information, Dr. Tien Dang will help you to determine the best course-of-action. For your own safety, it’s important that you give us details about any health conditions you have, including:
- Congenital heart defects
- Liver disease
- Damaged heart valves
- Adrenal disease
- Weakened immune system (Ex. undergoing chemotherapy)
- A history of bacterial endocarditis
- Recent transplant recipient
Based upon any pre-existing medical conditions, Dr. Tien Dang may need to prescribe a course of antibiotics leading up to the extraction appointment. This ensures that the extraction process goes smoothly and that you’re on your way to a healthier mouth.
At the Extraction Appointment
There are several steps we’ll ask you to take on the day of your scheduled tooth extraction to ensure a safer and more comfortable patient experience. Any questions you have should be directed to Dr. Tien Dang and the Studio Dental of River Park team. In addition, we ask that you:
- Notify us if you have a cold, since congestion can make the appointment more difficult
- Avoid smoking beforehand
- Notify us if you’re pregnant
- Report any nausea or vomiting from the night before
- Take your antibiotics one hour before your scheduled appointment if Dr. Dang and your primary care physician has recommended to do so
At Studio Dental of River Park, Dr. Tien Dang is highly trained to perform all types of tooth extraction procedures for patients in the Richmond, TX, area. If you have any questions about tooth extractions, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tien Dang, please call Studio Dental of River Park today at: 281-560-3001!