Frequently asked questions about tooth extraction with a Lubbock, TX area practice

While your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, some instances might occur that can cause extensive breakage or damage to a tooth that can no longer be repaired. In these situations, Dr. Cole Sutak of Lone Star Smiles of Lubbock, TX, may suggest a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is also referred to as tooth removal and may be done for a variety of reasons.

Why might a patient need a tooth extracted?

Common reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • A tooth that is broken beyond repair and needs to be removed.
  • A tooth that has experienced a failed root canal and cannot be maintained.
  • Removal of a tooth that impacts one’s ability to straighten the dental arch with orthodontia (overcrowding is a typical concern)
  • Problematic teeth, including the third molars or “wisdom teeth.”
  • A tooth that cannot be maintained due to a large area of decay.
  • Preparing for the placement of complete dentures

Does tooth extraction hurt?

There are two types of tooth extraction, including simple extraction and surgical extraction. Both are done comfortably for patients in the dentist’s chair with proper sedation and anesthesia. Patients will not feel pain during the treatment, and the area will remain numb for several hours after the procedure has been completed.

How long does the pain last after a tooth extraction?

Most patients experience discomfort for a day or two following the procedure, but this is often managed easily using over-the-counter pain medications.

What to eat after tooth extraction

It is recommended that patients pay close attention to what they eat following their procedure. For simple extractions, being mindful of enjoying softer foods for a few days will allow the area to heal. More invasive tooth removal procedures, such as surgical extraction of wisdom teeth, may require patients to consider softer foods for up to two weeks.

Contact Lone Star Smiles today

If you reside in or around the Lubbock, TX area and want to speak to Dr. Cole Sutak about possible tooth extraction, call the office to schedule a consultation visit. We are committed to helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles and are pleased to offer tooth extraction as one of our many services to individuals and families.