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Tooth Extractions – Marshall, TX

Save Your Smile from Problematic Teeth

Dentist showing woman tooth after tooth extraction in Marshall

At Marshall Dental Associates, we believe in doing everything we can to preserve a patient’s natural smile. However, when a tooth becomes severely decayed, broken, or infected, removing it is often the best course of action. Neglecting a damaged or decayed tooth can lead to a serious infection and even a dental emergency. Fortunately, Dr. Charles Parker has the experience and expertise to perform quick and comfortable tooth extractions in Marshall. Keep reading to learn how removing a troublesome tooth can alleviate your pain and improve your oral health.

Do You Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

Man with toothache holding mouth in pain

You may benefit from a tooth extraction if you have:

  • Extensive decay or damage in a tooth
  • Advanced gum disease or jawbone deterioration
  • Severe dental infection that could spread to other teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • An overcrowded smile that prevents orthodontic treatment

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Dentist using forceps to perform simple extraction

There are two methods for removing problematic teeth: simple or surgical extraction. If your tooth has fully emerged from the gums, Dr. Parker will likely perform a simple extraction. First, he will numb your mouth to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, he will use a special pair of forceps to grab and gently rock the tooth back and forth until it naturally separates from the gum tissue.

Surgical extraction may be recommended if your tooth isn’t fully above your gumline or if it has broken off. In this scenario, Dr. Parker will need to make a small incision in the gums to reveal more of the tooth. He may gently pull the entire tooth out or cut it into smaller pieces and remove them one by one.

The only way to find out which extraction method is right for you – or if you even need to remove your tooth at all – is to visit our office for a consultation. Dr. Parker is an experienced dentist in Marshall and will carefully examine your teeth and mouth before making a recommendation. Together, we will create a plan of action to remove your compromised tooth and consider tooth replacement options.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Close up of forceps holding extracted tooth

After your tooth is removed, we’ll provide you with list of specific post-op instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Some basic tooth extraction aftercare tips include: 

  • Take over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as directed by Dr. Parker
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest during the first few days after surgery
  • After 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with salt water (8oz warm water with half teaspoon of salt) to clean the extraction site
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, sticky, sour, and spicy foods for several days to a week
  • Avoid spitting or drinking through a straw; doing so may dislodge the blood clot that protects the extraction site
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco, as it can delay healing

You may experience swelling, mild discomfort, and light bleeding immediately following tooth removal. This is completely normal and can be managed by taking pain medication as directed and applying an ice pack to your cheek. However, if these symptoms don’t go away after a few days or seem to be getting worse, don’t hesitate to contact us right away!