Tooth Extraction Specialist

Houston Dental Care

Fadi Charles Salha, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Do you have a problem tooth that needs to come out? Charles Salha, DDS offers compassionate sedation dentistry for men, women, and children in Houston, Texas. If you need a tooth removed because of crowding, decay, or damage, rely on the experience and expertise of Dr. Salha and the team at Houston Dental Care. Call today for an appointment or book a consultation online.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

When does a tooth need to be extracted?

Preserving your teeth is always Dr. Salha’s primary goal, but sometimes extracting a tooth is the best way to protect your overall oral health. Dr. Salha performs tooth extractions in the following situations:

  • Crowding caused by wisdom teeth eruption
  • Broken or injured teeth
  • Extensively decayed or infected teeth
  • Baby teeth that never get loose and fall out

What happens during a tooth extraction appointment?

With either sedation or anesthesia, Dr. Salha and the skilled team at Houston Dental Care make sure you can’t feel anything. With specialized dental forceps, the tooth is gently pulled from the socket.

Some extractions may require a small incision in your gum and possibly the removal of small pieces of the nearby bone and tissue. Gauze and pressure help to stop the bleeding after a few minutes. You’ll receive detailed instructions about how to care for the extraction site at home.

Should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

In general, due to jaw size, most people don’t have enough room in their mouth for the last four molars, known as wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any problems, you may be able to leave them alone.

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often come in sideways or cause your other teeth to crowd together. For that reason, many dentists recommend removing them.

Dr. Salha takes a full set of X-rays and evaluates their position relative to your other teeth to determine if your wisdom teeth need to come out.

How long should I allow to recover from a tooth extraction?

Dr. Salha uses state-of-the-art tools and technology to reduce the side effects caused by the tooth extraction. It’s normal for there to be some swelling and bruising when you have a tooth removed, but it only lasts a day or two.

Dr. Salha may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter medicine to help with any soreness from the extraction.

For a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for a tooth extraction, call the office for an appointment or book online.