Whenever possible, Dr. Rawcliffe and most other dentists would agree that it’s almost always preferable to save a patient’s natural teeth. There are some situations, however, when tooth extractions are necessary. Fortunately, the art and science of pulling a tooth has come a long way over the past several years. Now, Dr. Rawcliffe can offer tooth extraction services to his Round Rock, TX, area patients that is quick and virtually pain-free.
When Extractions Are Necessary
There are a variety of reasons why a tooth may need to be pulled. If the tooth is severely damaged and cannot be repaired would be one example. If a tooth has become infected, and that infection poses a health risk to the individual, pulling the tooth may be the best option. This is particularly true if the patient’s immune system is compromised in some way. Wisdom teeth – a set of third molars that can erupt in the very back of a person’s mouth – may need to be extracted if there’s not enough room in the mouth to accommodate those teeth, or if they become impacted. People with advanced gum disease may end up with loose teeth, and that typically requires extraction as well.
Sedation for Tooth Extraction
To ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible throughout the tooth extraction procedure, Dr. Rawcliffe offers oral conscious sedation. This allows the patient to be fully awake yet extremely relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
Your Role in the Extraction Process
The patient plays an extremely important role in the tooth extraction process. Follow-up care at home after the extraction will ensure that the extraction site heals completely and in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Rawcliffe provides each patient with a complete set of instructions on how to take care of the extraction site afterward at home.
Call Us Today
To find out more information about the tooth extractions, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rawcliffe, contact our Round Rock, TX, dental office today.