San Antonio Veneers and Implants

Tooth Extractions

Dental extractions are performed to remove a tooth from the mouth. It is typically required in situations where a tooth is damaged beyond repair. The most common reasons why a patient may consider tooth extraction include:
 
  • Infection or severe tooth decay that make it too expensive to repair the tooth
  • Advanced stages of periodontal disease that affects the tissues and bone structures supporting the tooth
  • Teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in due to impaction
  • Overcrowding that affects the ability for orthodontic work to be completed
  • Wisdom teeth that are impacted or affecting overall oral health and wellness
 
How it’s done
Dr. Knight starts the process of an extraction by using anesthetics to numb the local area. This reduces the discomfort that patients may experience. Patients often feel the pressure of the tooth removal without the pain. Simple extractions are performed in a matter of minutes.
 
Immediately following the procedure, bleeding may be normal. Dr. Knight recommends placing gauze on the affected area for the next 24 hours. Bleeding is minimal and may continue for approximately one day. It is important to follow the dentist’s instruction in changing the gauze and caring for the smile post-procedure.


Dr. Knight has encountered several instances where the wisdom tooth AND the adjacent tooth have non-repairable decay. This, unfortunately, leads to BOTH teeth being extracted. This can be avoided by removing the wisdom tooth before it has an opportunity to damage surrounding teeth!!!!