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Extractions services offered in Austin, TX

Extractions provide a safe and effective way to treat potentially serious issues, like crowded or impacted teeth. At Wellness Dental in Austin, Texas, experienced general and implant dentist Francisca Giple-Johnson, DDS, regularly performs simple and surgical extractions. The process is quick and virtually pain-free. Call the office today to learn more about extractions or book online.

Extractions

What are tooth extractions?

During an extraction, Dr. Giple-Johnson uses special tools to remove a tooth from the socket. 

Dr. Giple-Johnson tries to save permanent teeth whenever possible, but sometimes, deep cavities and severe tooth damage are beyond repair. If that’s the case, extractions may be necessary.

Why would I need tooth extractions?

At Wellness Dental, Dr. Giple-Johnson uses extractions to treat various issues, including:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Impacted teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Severe gum disease
  • Tooth injuries

You might also benefit from extractions if you’re preparing to undergo surgery, like an organ transplant. That’s because extractions may reduce the risk of post-surgical complications, like an infection. 

What are the types of tooth extractions?

At Wellness Dental, Dr. Giple-Johnson offers both types of tooth extractions:

Simple tooth extractions

A simple extraction removes a tooth that’s above your gumline. Dr. Giple-Johnson administers a local anesthetic and loosens your tooth with forceps. After loosening the tooth, she removes it and fills the empty socket with gauze.

Surgical tooth extractions

A surgical extraction removes a tooth beneath your gumline. 

Dr. Giple-Johnson administers a local anesthetic and uses special tools to access your tooth. She breaks your tooth into smaller pieces and removes it. Then, she closes the incision, fills the empty socket with gauze, and provides recovery instructions.

Dr. Giple-Johnson completes simple and surgical extractions during a brief outpatient procedure.

What is recovery like after tooth extractions?

After tooth extractions, it’s normal to experience mild swelling, minor bleeding, and increased sensitivity. 

Take it easy for the first 24 hours, drink plenty of water, and take any medication as prescribed. Avoid biting down on the extraction site and don’t drink from a straw to avoid a painful dry socket. For the first few days, you may need to eat soft foods, like scrambled eggs, soup, or oatmeal. Continue brushing and flossing as normal, but be careful around the empty socket.

Will I need to take time off work or school after tooth extractions?

After tooth extractions, Dr. Giple-Johnson recommends taking 1-2 days off from work or school. If you have a job that requires heavy lifting or other strenuous labor, you might need more recovery time. Follow Dr. Giple-Johnson’s instructions to reduce the risk of infection or injury.

Call Wellness Dental to learn more about tooth extractions today or click the online booking tool. 

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