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Tooth Extractions in North Austin

While teeth were meant to last forever, when there’s severe damage, pulling (or extracting) a tooth may be necessary.

dentist examining a toothThe most common reasons a patient might need an extraction are:

  • Trauma to the tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Extra teeth
  • Infection
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Periodontal disease

What to Expect

Dr. Scaff takes pride in using advanced technology during a patient’s visit with us, resulting in an easy, smooth treatment plan. During a visit, the following can be expected:

  • A detailed exam or X-rays will be done to ensure an extraction is necessary and cannot be fixed with a crown, filling, or other treatment.
  • The proper anesthetic will be given for a more relaxing procedure:
    • Local anesthesia. Usually, a local anesthetic is given in the area of your extracted tooth. If this is the case, the area will be numb to pain but pressure may still be felt.
    • General anesthesia. General anesthetics are used for more complex cases.
  • Dr. Scaff will spend some time with each patient and answer any questions they may have and talk about the healing process.

Healing and Home Care

Home care for an extraction can involve taking over-the-counter pain medications to help with any pain in the days following the procedure and should be taken before the anesthesia wears off. Sometimes a prescription may be needed.

When it comes to eating, soft, cold foods are recommended for the first few days after the extraction. Try to avoid using straws.

Patients should brush their teeth as usual and perform a salt water rinse 24 hours after the procedure to keep the area clean. Smoking should be refrained from for 24-72 hours.

If any swelling is noticed, ice packs may help reduce it. It’s extremely important to follow after-care directions to prevent any complications. Of course, Dr. Scaff is always here to answer any and all questions.

Learn More Today

As always, Dr. Scaff is here to answer any questions a patient may have along the way. Call Brian F. Scaff DDS today!

Tooth Extractions North Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock TX | (512) 258-9130