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Tooth Extractions – Fort Worth, TX

Removing Problematic Teeth

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We are committed to preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. However, if a tooth is damaged beyond repair or severely infected, a tooth extraction may become necessary for the sake of your oral health. Rest assured – we will take every measure to ensure your comfort during the tooth extraction process in Fort Worth. Additionally, we’ll provide comprehensive information about your tooth replacement options to support your ongoing oral well-being. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, simply keep reading!

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so Dr. Corbitt may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require the removal of a tooth.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Corbitt may extract it during a regular checkup or request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a tooth socket, and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, Dr. Corbitt must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share any concerns or preferences for sedation with us.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, Dr. Corbitt may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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After undergoing a tooth extraction, every patient needs to follow these guidelines for a smooth recovery:

  • Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, spitting, or brushing the treated area during the initial 24 hours. This can dislodge the blood clot at the surgical site, potentially leading to a painful dry socket.
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping for the next few days. This position helps reduce swelling and promotes a more comfortable recovery.
  • Avoid chewing with the extracted tooth. Opt for soft or liquid foods such as soup, scrambled eggs, and yogurt during this period.
  • Manage discomfort by using over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen. This can help alleviate pain and inflammation associated with the extraction.
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