Tooth Extractions in Lakeway, TX

Safe and Painless Tooth Removal

While no patient ever wants to hear they need a tooth extraction, these procedures are sometimes necessary to preserve one’s oral health. There are several reasons you may need a tooth removed, but you can rest assured that all extractions performed at Lakeway Dental Associates are painless and stress-free.

Dr. Dupper understands that extraction is an often intimidating procedure, which is why he’s dedicated to making your experience a comfortable one. Read our guide to extractions to learn more.

Reasons for Tooth Extractions

We strive to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but there are several situations in which extraction is the best option. Some common reasons for extractions include:

  • Impacted Teeth: Teeth that fail to emerge above the gum line are known as impacted teeth, and they can cause several oral health issues if not removed. This is incredibly common with wisdom teeth.
  • Severely Decayed Teeth: If a tooth has become severely decayed, removing it can help stop the spread of infection.
  • Overcrowded Teeth: If your teeth are severely overcrowded, an extraction can help promote proper alignment or allow for a more effective orthodontic treatment.
  • Advanced Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and removing affected teeth before they fall out can help reduce the likelihood of infection.

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Types of Tooth Extractions

Simple Extraction

Also known as general extractions, simple extractions are the most common type of extraction. This procedure is reserved for teeth that have breached the gumline.

Dr. Dupper will administer a local anesthetic beforehand to ensure you don’t feel any pain. He’ll then gently remove the targeted tooth, applying stitches and gauze afterward to promote proper healing. The typical healing time for this procedure is about 48 to 72 hours.

Surgical Extraction

Surgical extractions are more complex than simple extractions and are performed on teeth that haven’t breached the gumline or are impacted.

The procedure for removing impacted teeth involves Dr. Dupper making a small incision in your gums to access and remove the tooth. Afterward, he’ll apply stitches and gauze to begin the healing process. The healing time for this procedure tends to be about 72 hours.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your third set of molars, known more commonly as wisdom teeth, tend to cause pain and discomfort when they emerge. Often, they fail to emerge and become impacted. It’s recommended that patients in their late teens to early twenties get their wisdom teeth removed to prevent any painful symptoms.

However, not every patient may require this procedure. Dr. Dupper can determine if a wisdom tooth extraction will be ideal for your oral health.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Following extraction, it’s essential to follow all of Dr. Dupper’s aftercare instructions to avoid complications.

It’s crucial to resume your regular oral hygiene routine 24 hours after a tooth extraction to promote proper healing. This includes brushing and flossing twice each day along with rinsing between meals. Good oral health is key to preventing infections.

Other aftercare instructions include:

  • Bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes immediately after your appointment
  • If the bleeding persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes
  • Don’t rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, or drink alcohol
  • Limit heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours
  • Apply a cold compress to the area to minimize swelling
  • Take pain medications as prescribed

You should be able to resume your normal activities after a few days. However, if any pain or bleeding persists, it may be a sign of a complication. Contact our Lakeway office immediately at (512) 263-0064 to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I eat after a tooth extraction?
Do tooth extractions hurt?
How long does a tooth extraction take?
When can I eat after a tooth extraction?

After extraction, it’s essential to avoid any foods that could harm or irritate the surgical site. This includes foods that are spicy, hot, chewy, or crunchy. It’s also important to avoid hot beverages like tea and coffee.

Some foods that are safe to eat following extraction include:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soups
  • Juices and smoothies
  • Yogurt and pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Blended soups and broth
  • Mashed potatoes
Do tooth extractions hurt?

Dr. Dupper will administer a local anesthetic beforehand to ensure you don’t feel any pain during your procedure.

You’ll likely experience mild discomfort and swelling once the numbness fades, but these symptoms should typically subside after 48 hours. You can use cold compresses and pain medications as prescribed during this time to alleviate any pain.

If your discomfort or swelling persists, however, call our Lakeway office right away at (512) 263-0064 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Dupper will assess your situation and relieve any painful symptoms.

How long does a tooth extraction take?

In most cases, extractions can be completed in one visit to our Lakeway office. The exact length of your procedure depends on which type of extraction you require. At your initial consultation, Dr. Dupper can provide you with an estimated treatment timeline.

Need a Tooth Removed?

At Lakeway Dental Associates, we ensure that all extractions are performed with the patient’s health and safety in mind. We’ll do all we can to make this procedure as painless and stress-free as possible. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Dupper, call our Lakeway office at (512) 263-0064. You can also request an appointment by filling out our online contact form.

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