Tooth Extractions

Bedford Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

John P. McPhillips, DDS, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery located in Bedford, TX

While your permanent teeth should last forever, there are some situations where you need to have an extraction. If you need to have a tooth removed, you can count on expert tooth removal procedures with Col. John McPhillips, DDS, MD, at Bedford Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. McPhillips serves the communities in and around Bedford, Texas, with expert oral and facial surgery. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Why would I need to have a tooth extraction?

The most common tooth extraction procedure is to remove wisdom teeth. Dr. McPhillips removes wisdom teeth when you don’t have enough room in your jaw to accommodate these extra molars as they emerge, or if your wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they never break through your gums.

It’s also possible that you may need to have other teeth removed because of overcrowding or impaction.

You might also need an extraction if you have a severely decayed tooth that can’t be saved with a root canal treatment.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Dr. McPhillips extracts teeth with one of two methods. The first method is a simple pull. He thoroughly numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then using special tools, he wiggles your tooth back and forth to loosen it from the socket before pulling it out.

However, if your tooth is impacted or pointed in an abnormal position, Dr. McPhillips removes the tooth surgically. In addition to your local anesthetic, he may also provide additional sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the extraction.

During a surgical extraction, Dr. McPhillips makes an incision in your gum to access the tooth. In some cases, he may need to break the tooth into smaller pieces before removing it in sections. If necessary, he makes a few stitches with self-dissolving surgical thread.

How should I take care of my teeth after an extraction?

After Dr. McPhillips extracts your tooth, he packs the socket with a gauze pad to stop any bleeding while a blood clot forms. He gives you instructions on taking painkillers to ease any discomfort. You can also apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain. You should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.

You should relax for a day or so after your extraction. You can brush your teeth gently but should avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours after your procedure. You can drink liquids and eat soft foods, but avoid using a straw because the suction could dislodge the blood clot and expose the socket.

If you need a tooth extraction, call Dr. McPhillips or schedule an appointment online today.