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Tooth Extractions
IN AUSTIN

At Austin Lifetime Dental, we understand that the idea of a tooth extraction can be daunting. Our team is here to make this procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible with gentle care and a variety of sedation options. We take the time to explain the process, answer your questions, and provide the compassionate support you need.

Tooth Extractions

Why Might I Need An Extraction?

You might need an extraction for several reasons. If a tooth is severely damaged or decayed beyond repair, removing it can be the best option to alleviate pain and prevent further oral health issues. Extractions are sometimes necessary to create space for teeth to align properly. Wisdom teeth often require removal if they are impacted, causing pain, or posing a risk for infection. Infections and the risk of severe gum disease can also require an extraction. We’ll carefully evaluate your situation to determine if an extraction is necessary and provide the appropriate guidance and care.

Benefits of Extractions:

  • Alleviates Pain and Discomfort
  • Prevents Spread of Infection
  • Prepares for Orthodontic Treatment
  • Addresses Impacted Wisdom Teeth
  • Improves Overall Oral Health

Here’s How It Works

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The first step in the extraction process at Austin Lifetime Dental involves a detailed evaluation of your dental condition. We’ll start with an examination of the affected tooth and surrounding area, often using X-rays to understand the tooth's position and condition. This helps us plan the most effective and safe extraction method. We’ll also discuss your medical history and any medications you're taking to ensure a safe procedure. Plus, we'll present you with sedation options (nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation) to keep you as comfortable as possible.

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Once we determine that an extraction is the best course of action, we’ll prepare you for the procedure. This preparation includes administering a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to keep you comfortable and pain-free throughout the process. For more complex cases, such as impacted wisdom teeth, we may discuss additional sedation options.

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The final step is the actual extraction. We’ll carefully and gently remove the tooth, taking care to minimize impact on the surrounding tissues. Once the extraction is complete, we’ll provide immediate post-procedure care to ensure proper clotting and start the healing process. We’ll also give you detailed aftercare instructions to follow at home.

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How can I pay for my extraction?

At Austin Lifetime Dental, we offer various payment options for tooth extractions to make the procedure accessible. We accept insurance PPO payments as out of network providers. We also provide a range of payment solutions, including financing through Cherry and CareCredit. This option allows you to spread the cost of your treatment over time with manageable payments. Our team is dedicated to working with you to find a payment plan that fits your financial situation, ensuring you can receive care without any stress.

Does an extraction hurt?

You shouldn't feel pain during the extraction, thanks to the local anesthetic used to numb the area. You may feel pressure or movement, but it shouldn’t be painful. After the procedure, as the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort or mild pain, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. If you experience severe pain or swelling, contact us immediately.

What should I do after my extraction?

After an extraction, it's important to follow our aftercare instructions to promote healing and avoid complications. These instructions typically include biting on a gauze pad to control bleeding, avoiding rinsing or spitting forcefully, and not drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours to protect the clot. We recommend resting and avoiding strenuous activity for a day or two, applying ice to the area to reduce swelling, and eating soft foods. Take any prescribed medications as directed and follow proper oral hygiene to keep the area clean.

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