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Tooth Extractions in Austin, TX

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We know that tooth extractions can sound a little intimidating, but we're here to ease your concerns. At Rigby Advanced Dental, we always strive to restore and preserve your natural teeth first, but sometimes, a tooth extraction is necessary for your overall health. This might be because you have a tooth that's preventing the proper development of other teeth, you don't have enough room in your mouth for necessary adjustment, you have a severe infection, or some other concern. Whatever the case, the Rigby Advanced Dental team always works with a gentle touch and has sedation options available to make sure you don't experience discomfort.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is a common type of tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that generally come in when people are in their late teens or early 20s. The problem arises whenever they start to come in incorrectly (like at an angle) or when they get stuck trying to erupt, which is what we would refer to as impacted. It's important to remove wisdom teeth in these situations so that they don't cause more damage like crowding, misalignment, or infection.

Emergency Tooth Extractions

Are you in need of an emergency tooth extraction? Please call our office at 512-992-2822 as soon as possible. We'll make every effort to see you as soon as possible so you don't have to wait in pain. An emergency dental extraction might be necessary if you have very severe decay, trauma, or disease that could potentially spread an infection or cause complications.

Gentle Sedation Options

If you experience dental fear or anxiety, or you would just prefer to have sedation during a tooth extraction, we have two options available: nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation. Both will help you enter a deep state of relaxation, and we can help you decide which is right for you. Whether or not you choose to have sedation during a tooth extraction, we use local anesthesia to numb the treatment area and keep you comfortable.

What Happens After Getting a Tooth Pulled?

After you get a tooth pulled, Drs. Mike and Mark Shalaby will go over post-op instructions with you to guide you towards a fast recovery. This will include steps such as how and when to apply gauze, using ice packs to reduce any swelling, and what you should and shouldn't eat right after the procedure. Drs. Shalaby would also be happy to go over your tooth replacement options with you. Just because you've had to have a tooth removed doesn't mean you can't have a full smile again.

What can I eat after a tooth extraction?

After you have a tooth extracted, you will want to eat soft foods that require very little chewing for at least a few days after your appointment. Things like bananas, avocados, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, broth, yogurt, and pudding are all fine to eat after your dental extraction. If you decide to make yourself a smoothie or a milkshake, make sure you do not drink it through a straw, as this can lead to a painful complication called a dry socket. If you have any questions about what you should or should not eat, feel free to ask our team!

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

It depends on the procedure. Patients who have four impacted wisdom teeth removed all at once will have a different recovery experience from a patient who has one infected tooth removed. We usually recommend that patients take at least the rest of the day off after having a tooth extracted to rest and recover. Most patients can return to daily activities that are not too strenuous after a day or two. Our team will walk you through what you can expect during your recovery process during your consultation.

Is tooth replacement right for me?

If extracting and replacing a tooth with a dental restoration is what our team or another dentist has recommended for you, then that is likely your best treatment option. We try to do everything we can to save a tooth from needing to be extracted and replaced, but when a tooth has become very weak from extensive tooth decay or trauma, a tooth extraction is sometimes the best available option. At Rigby Dental, we work with patients to gently remove and replace damaged teeth with natural-looking restorations that blend in seamlessly with the rest of their smile.

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