Oral Surgery & Tooth Extractions in Austin, TX
At Goehring Dental we provide Oral Surgery and Tooth Extractions (Removal) including impacted Wisdom Teeth. Tooth Removal doesn’t have to be filled with anxiety. With local anesthetic and our sedation methods we can make sure you are very comfortable throughout the procedure. Many of our patients tell us they hardly remember the day let alone the procedure. Dr. Goehring also performs surgeries for our periodontal patients as well as difficult grafting procedures to regenerate bone and soft tissue.
Extractions refer to the removal of one or more teeth. Although the goal of Dr. Goehring is to save your teeth, sometimes extraction is the only option. This may be because the tooth is too damaged or decayed to save, the tooth is diseased, or crowding other teeth. You may also need an extraction if you have periodontal disease which has loosened the tooth or your immune system is compromised and the tooth is diseased.
What to Expect
Before Dr. Goehring proceeds with the extraction you will be made comfortable. A local anesthetic is injected to numb the area, or if you are having several teeth extracted at once the doctor may use a general anesthetic which puts you to sleep during the procedure.
If the tooth is impacted the doctor will cut away some of the gum in order to loosen the tooth. The tooth is removed and gauze is placed in the open socket. The doctor will ask you to bite down on the gauze to help stop the bleeding and form a clot. He may also need to put a few small stitches in the gum to close the socket. If the blood clot falls out this is known as dry socket, and is remedied by the application of a sedative dressing for a few days while a new clot forms. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics if he feels you would benefit from them.
Take the prescribed pain killers to reduce pain and replace the gauze once it is soaked. You may apply ice to the area for 10 minutes at a time to help reduce swelling. Try to relax for 24 hours after the extraction and do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours. Do not forcefully rinse your mouth and do not smoke. You can rinse your mouth out gently with a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. Eat soft foods and sleep with your head raised. You can still brush and floss, just avoid the extraction area.