By the time you reach adulthood, you should have 32 teeth. The problem is, the average human mouth can only comfortably hold 28. Alieh Rastegari, DDS, understands how having too many teeth can impact your overall oral health and comfort. That’s why she provides gentle tooth extractions and wisdom teeth extractions at Caspian Dental Center in Katy, Texas. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rastegari, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A tooth extraction is a procedure in which your tooth is removed from your mouth. While your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, an extraction may be necessary to preserve your oral health or prevent tooth pain.
There are several reasons Dr. Rastegari may recommend a tooth extraction, including:
If a tooth doesn’t have enough room to erupt, it can get stuck underneath your gums, leading to pain or a misaligned bite. In that case, Dr. Rastegari may recommend pulling it to avoid overcrowding and related dental problems.
When the pulp -- which is the soft center of your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves, becomes infected -- it can cause excruciating pain. An infected tooth is typically treated with a root canal, but if the tooth itself can’t be saved, Dr. Rastegari may extract it to stop the infection from spreading.
If you have a compromised immune system, often caused by chemotherapy or an organ transplant, Dr. Rastegari may not want to risk your health to save a tooth that’s susceptible to infection. To preserve your overall health, she may recommend extraction.
Your wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people simply don’t have enough room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth to erupt without complications. If your wisdom teeth are growing in the wrong way or impacted, Dr. Rastegari can perform a surgical procedure to extract them.
There are two main types of tooth extraction procedures: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is typically performed when you have an infected or damaged tooth. It’s also often used in overcrowding cases.
A simple extraction involves pulling a tooth that’s fully grown in. This means Dr. Rastegari does not have to surgically remove the tooth through the gums. Simple extractions are usually quick and relatively painless, but Dr. Rastegari may use a local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort.
Surgical extractions are most often performed to remove impacted wisdom teeth. This means your tooth is stuck beneath the gums and needs to be surgically removed.
During a surgical extraction, Dr. Rastegari uses general anesthesia or sedation so you won’t be conscious during your wisdom teeth removal. After you’re asleep, she makes a small incision in your gums to access the impacted tooth. Then she removes the entire tooth, including its roots, and closes the wound with stitches.
She packs your gums with gauze and gives you instructions on how to care for your mouth before you leave. It’s important that you have a trusted friend or relative with you to drive you home and care for you for at least the first day.
Dr. Rastegari is a gentle dentist with more than 15 years of experience in tooth extractions. To schedule an appointment, call Caspian Dental Center or book a visit online.