Sometimes, a tooth becomes too damaged to be saved by filling or crowning it, or even by a root canal. In this case, the tooth must be removed (extracted). Other times, the dentist extracts teeth to alleviate overcrowding in a patient’s mouth, and give existing teeth room to straighten out.
No one relishes the idea of having a tooth extracted, but don’t worry – Dr. Smith is fully accredited to offer a range of sedation options to ensure that you won’t feel a thing.
What to Expect
If you or a loved one needs to have a tooth extracted, Dr. Smith will prescribe one of the following sedation options:
- Oral Sedation. If oral sedation is prescribed, you will have received the medication in advance, and directed to take one pill the night before your extraction, and another pill about an hour before your scheduled appointment. Valium’s effect is mild and typically lasts for a few hours.
- Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas). Patients inhale nitrous oxide while their procedure is underway. A scented mask will be placed over your nose, and the dentist will adjust the flow level until the patient is comfortable. Once the mask is removed, the sedation effect subsides quickly.
Once the sedative has taken effect, the dentist will use forceps and other instruments to gently loosen the tooth from the jaw and attached ligaments, and then remove it.
The extracted tooth leaves behind an empty tooth socket, in which a clot typically forms. Dr. Smith will provide detailed instructions about how to ensure that the socket heals properly. After a tooth extraction, you’ll be instructed not to smoke, drink with a straw, or brush the area surrounding the socket for 24 hours, so it has time to heal.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Grand Prairie Dentist
Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111. We proudly welcome patients from Grand Prairie, as well as surrounding areas including Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville.