Extractions Specialist

Kimberly C. Andersen, DDS

General Dentistry located in The Woodlands, TX

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For safe and expert extractions, trust the highly qualified team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS. We're the place to go when you need to have a tooth pulled. Call The Woodlands, Texas, office or schedule a consultation online.

Extractions

Why would I need an extraction?

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, this doesn't always happen. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. 

Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay may all contribute to needing a tooth pulled. Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Extra or crowded teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

How are extractions performed?

There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are just like they sound. They're simple! 

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in your mouth. During this type of procedure, an experienced dentist at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. 

In these situations, the dentist makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. Sometimes the tooth needs to be sectioned, or cut into smaller pieces, to be removed. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. 

If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist may administer a general anesthetic. You will sleep through the whole procedure with a general anesthetic.

How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?

While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. 

You'll experience new gum tissue and bone growth where your teeth used to be. As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or have problems chewing, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.

Because everyone's circumstances are different, it’s best to contact Kimberly Andersen, DDS, and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options plus any necessary post-procedure treatments such as crowns or dental implants.

Make an appointment online or call Kimberly Andersen, DDS, today.