in Aubrey, Texas
At Gardenia Dentistry, our goal is to maintain strong, healthy natural teeth. But sometimes severe decay or injury may cause irreparable damage. In those cases, the only option is to remove the hopeless tooth to preserve your oral health. Extractions are stressful procedures, Dr. Rediger will work hard to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the extraction process.
Routine tooth removal at Gardenia Dentistry begins with an exam and x-rays. Images are taken so we can examine the affected tooth in its entirety. Because we want to provide a stress-free and calm experience, we provide oral sedation as an option to our patients.
Removing a tooth is always the last resort to restore oral health. Dr. Rediger will first consider all possible options to save the tooth. When tooth removal is determined to be the only answer, then we will proceed. Common reasons for extraction are:
- A badly damaged or infected tooth that cannot be restored with endodontics
- Impacted wisdom tooth/teeth
- Severe damage due to dental trauma
After an extraction, Dr. Rediger will provide you with important aftercare instructions. It is crucial that you follow these instructions as prescribed. In fact, not doing so may lengthen your recovery time. Here are a few ways to avoid problems and relieve pain after tooth removal:
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area
- Do not smoke
- Do not spit
- Do not use a straw
- Eat soft foods at a reasonable temperature (not too hot or cold)
- Leave the gauze in place if your dentist recommends
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and salt as directed
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, as recommended