At Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics, we understand the thought of oral surgery can make even the bravest patients a little uneasy. We want you to know you’re in the best possible care with our skilled and compassionate team. Dr. Ellison has the advanced training and technology to provide all of your oral surgery needs from the comfort of your dental home.
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Having a tooth extracted today is a much different experience than it was in the past. With advances in modern dentistry, including new techniques and technology, having a tooth extracted is nothing to fear. We will make sure to address all of your concerns and answer any of your questions prior to the procedure.
While our primary goal is to keep your natural teeth healthy (and in your mouth) for as long as possible, sometimes an extraction is in your best interest. We will exhaust all other possible treatment options to try and save the tooth before resorting to an extraction.
Some of the most common reasons we may recommend an extraction include:
Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted because as our mouths have evolved to be smaller than our ancestors used to be, they are no longer necessary. We get along just fine today without them. In fact, some of us have evolved to not have any wisdom teeth at all. Some of us get only one or a couple of our wisdom teeth, some of us get all four.
The truth is, wisdom teeth tend to cause a lot more harm than they do good. Imagine trying to shove a book into an already full bookshelf. There’s just no room. If your wisdom teeth are causing pain, excessive crowding or problems with your bite, we may recommend having them extracted. Sometimes they can be impacted (at an angle where they are unable to erupt properly), in which case they will also need to be extracted.
To have a tooth extracted, we may need to put you under, and if so, we will use a combination of general anesthetic and IV sedation to make sure you are comfortable and don’t feel a thing. You will be closely monitored while we carefully extract the tooth, and close up the area with sutures. You may experience some pain and discomfort during the healing process, and we can prescribe painkillers and antibiotics as needed to make your recovery as quick and painless as possible.
We know that root canals have earned a bad rap over the years, but we want you to know that today, root canals are a fairly routine and painless procedure. It is actually the pain of an infected tooth left untreated that is much worse than the root canal itself. Today, a root canal is usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and sensitivity, and we find you have an infection within the tooth root, you may need a root canal. Never fear, you’re in great hands with our team. Dr. Ellison, with the help of our fabulous assistants, will first make sure you are thoroughly numb with local anesthetic, and then go into the tooth and remove the infection. She will then carefully sterilize and fill the chamber to prevent further infection. The process is completed by placing a crown in order to protect and restore the tooth back to health. See, that wasn’t so bad.
If you have any questions about oral surgery or would like to schedule a consultation with your Houston dentist, Dr. Susan Ellison at Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics, give us a call today or schedule an appointment online! We have two convenient locations in the neighborhoods of Cypress and Memorial to serve you.
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