The thought of having a tooth pulled may not sound very appealing, but the fact is that tooth extraction is a relatively simple process. Thanks to modern dental tools and mild sedation techniques, having a tooth pulled is not nearly as intimidating as it may sound. Tooth extraction is one of the many services provided by Dr. Burnett and the trained staff of dental professionals located in our Garland, TX, office.
Some Important Information about Tooth Extraction
Dr. Burnett and most other dentists would agree that it’s preferable to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. But there are times when tooth extraction is the best solution. Generally speaking, there are two methods of extraction that Dr. Burnett performs here in our Garland, TX, office:
- Simple Extraction – Just as the name would imply, a simple extraction is one that involves removal of a tooth that has already erupted through the surface of the gum tissue. In these instances, Dr. Burnett uses dental tools especially designed for this purpose. The procedure is relatively easy and usually takes just a few minutes to complete.
- Surgical Extraction – If a patient needs to have a tooth removed that has not yet erupted through the surface of the gum tissue, a surgical extraction may be necessary. In this situation, Dr. Burnett makes a tiny incision in the surface of the gum tissue in order to remove the tooth underneath.
Whichever type of tooth extraction you need, there’s no reason to be nervous about the procedure. Dr. Burnett will administer the appropriate amount of dental sedation beforehand, so you’ll feel very little if any discomfort during the brief procedure. Afterward, there are important steps you can take at home to help speed along the process of healing.
Whether you realize it or not, each patient plays an important role in the tooth extraction process. While the procedure itself is usually simple and quick, it does require some effort on your part to ensure that you heal quickly once you get home. Dr. Burnett will provide instructions on how best to care for the extraction site after you leave our office.