Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

In some cases, decay, trauma, or injury can damage your teeth to a point beyond saving. Dr. Winifred Dike at Ashley Smile Dental provides safe, sedated tooth extractions at her Houston, Texas office. Following a tooth extraction, Dr. Dike monitors your recovery closely and can discuss your options as far as filling the gap in your smile is concerned. To learn more about tooth extractions, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Extraction Q & A

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

Hopefully, you practice excellent oral hygiene, don’t suffer any unfortunate accidents, and your natural teeth remain healthy and strong. However, in some cases, extraction can become necessary, typically when your tooth suffers damage from severe crowding, disease, or trauma.

If Dr. Dike determines that restoration options — such as dental crowns — cannot save your tooth, an extraction may be the best available option.

Periodontal disease — generally stemming from poor oral hygiene — can also lead to loss of sufficient, healthy bone to support your tooth, which can make an extraction necessary.

Wisdom teeth are a prime candidate for extraction, since they often cause crowding and painful symptoms.

How does a tooth extraction work?

First, Dr. Dike provides you with sedation to put you out for the procedure and make your experience as comfortable as possible.

During a tooth extraction, Dr. Dike uses a special instrument to loosen your tooth and prepare it for removal. Then, using forceps, Dr. Dike carefully pries out your damaged tooth.

Following a tooth extraction, Dr. Dike monitors your progress closely and prescribes pain medications to ease your recovery. The pain you feel from a tooth extraction should subside within a few days.

What is the recovery from a tooth extraction like?

For the first 1-2 days after your tooth extraction, limit your activity and make sure to get lots of rest. Take your prescribed pain medication and ice the treatment area to reduce swelling. Eat soft foods like soup and yogurt for the first few days while you heal from the procedure.

Continue to brush and floss your teeth, but avoid the extraction site. That helps prevent an infection from forming.

Is a tooth extraction safe?

Yes. When Dr. Dike performs a tooth extraction, the procedure is very safe. However, in some cases, there are potential side effects, including:

  • Swelling
  • Fever, chills, or redness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Dry socket (causes prolonged severe pain at extraction site)

If any of these side effects persist for more than a few days following your tooth extraction, let Dr. Dike know right away.

To schedule a tooth extraction, call or use the online booking tool today.