Extractions Specialist

Comfort Dentistry

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Stone Oak, San Antonio, TX

At Comfort Dentistry in the Stone Oak neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, it’s a priority to preserve your natural teeth. If you have a tooth that’s decayed, has experienced trauma, or you have crowding due to the size of your mouth and teeth, you may require an extraction. Priyanka Agrawal, DDS, and the team are highly experienced in performing extractions with a gentle touch and unmatched skill. Call the office or book online for an appointment today.

Extractions Q & A

What type of extractions are available?

There are two basic types of extractions :

Simple extraction

Comfort Dentistry performs this procedure on your teeth that are visible. For a simple extraction, they loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then they’ll use forceps to remove your tooth.

Surgical extraction

Comfort Dentistry recommends this procedure if you have a tooth that’s broken off at the gum line or an impacted wisdom tooth.

Are there ways to avoid tooth extraction?

Comfort Dentistry always tries to avoid any type of surgery. If you have an infection, a root canal or antibiotics may make extraction unnecessary. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, damaged teeth, or if you plan to have orthodontics, you may need teeth extractions to proceed with the next step in your dental health plan.

Is there anything special to know about the extraction process?

It’s pretty straightforward. You’ll be given a local anesthetic or put under sedation, depending on your choice. Your dentist will perform the extraction, and you may be given medication to take afterward to avoid pain or infection. Tooth extraction is considered surgery, so you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

What happens after my extraction?

It all depends on your situation. In general, here are guidelines to follow after your extraction:

  • Bite down on the gauze pads we’ll give you for at least half an hour to help stop the bleeding
  • Drink plenty of liquids to keep yourself hydrated
  • Don't rinse or brush your teeth for 12 hours
  • Eat soft foods for the first day after your extraction
  • If you need to, rinse with a diluted mouthwash or 1/4 teaspoon of table salt diluted in lukewarm water
  • Don't use straws, and don’t smoke or spit if your gums are still bleeding
  • Follow the specific directions for any prescribed pain medications

In addition to following these guidelines, you should call Comfort Dentistry if you have any persistent pain or bleeding.

Are there options after extraction to have implants?

Afterward, your provider at Comfort Dentistry can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function of your teeth and the beauty of your smile. Call or contact Comfort Dentistry online to learn about your extraction options and how the team can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.


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