We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Houston dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Houston residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Meghna Dassani to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Meghna Dassani at Dassani Dentistry would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!
Pulling Teeth isn’t like “Pulling Teeth” Anymore
Just like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Houston folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” However, Dr. Meghna Dassani will be the first one to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in a just a few days.
Reasons for an Extraction
Preserving your natural teeth is always a priority at Dassani Dentistry, but in some cases an extraction is unavoidable. Here are some of the conditions in which an extraction might be necessary:
Infection: If one of your teeth has an infection that extends to the pulp and could not be cleared up with a root canal and antibiotics, removing the tooth might be the only way to keep the infection from spreading. An extraction may also be required if the threat of a serious infection cannot be otherwise dealt with.
Gum Disease: Infections stemming from gum disease weaken the support structures for teeth. Advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become so loose that extraction is the only safe option.
Crowding: sometimes the arrangement of teeth does not perfectly fit the size or shape of the mouth. Severe cases, such as a tooth’s inability to erupt due to crowding, may require extraction. Pulling a tooth might also be necessary to prepare for an orthodontic appliance.
If you think you might need to have a tooth removed or would like to learn more about extractions, feel free to give Dr. Meghna Dassani at Dassani Dentistry a call today at (281) 667-4070.
Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!