Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants
Harrison L. Parks, DDS
Periodontics & Dental Implants located in Waco, TX
"Fun" and "tooth pulled" don't go hand in hand, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For safe and careful extractions, count on Harrison Parks, DDS, MS, of Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants in Waco, Texas. Dr. Parks and his experienced team is here for you when you're in need of tooth extraction. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.
Why would I need an extraction?
Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep. Trauma, decay, and lifestyle can all contribute to needing teeth pulled.
Dr. Parks may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:
- Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
- Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
- Severe periodontal (gum) disease
- Crowded or extra teeth
- No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)
How are extractions performed?
There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. During this type of procedure, Dr. Parks loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction can be more invasive. The tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t yet come through the surface of your gums, as is typical with wisdom teeth. In these situations, Dr. Parks makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. Sometimes the tooth needs to be sectioned, or cut into smaller pieces, to be removed. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.
In both a simple extraction and surgical extraction, Dr. Parks gives you a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is typical with wisdom teeth extraction, he may administer a general anesthetic. You will sleep through the whole procedure with a general anesthetic.
How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?
While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the beginning healing stage takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.
Because everyone's circumstances are different, it’s best to contact Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants and book a consultation to find out about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
Contact Waco Periodontics & Dental Implants by phone or make an appointment online using the booking tool.