While it’s ideal to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, there are times when it’s more prudent to extract your tooth. For some people, just thinking about having a tooth pulled out is traumatic, but it’s important to remember that tooth extractions are pain-free thanks to a local anesthetic and sedation dentistry.
At The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, our expert team performs atraumatic tooth extractions to preserve as much of your jawbone as possible. Here, we highlight the process for atraumatic tooth extractions and the benefits of receiving one.
Before any extraction takes place, our team first examines your mouth, reviews any dental X-rays, and confirms that an extraction is the best path forward. Once we’ve determined that pulling out your damaged or decayed tooth is the best solution, we shape your treatment plan.
We also review your sedation options. Here at The Masters Dental Group, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation.
Because many people are worried about the gap formed after pulling a tooth, we also make sure to go over all of your tooth replacement options before we pull your tooth. We can replace missing teeth with dental bridges, dental implants, and even partial or full dentures.
During a conventional tooth extraction, dentists may use regular forceps and a horizontal, back-and-forth force to “wobble” the tooth out of its socket. During an atraumatic tooth extraction, we apply only vertical force using physics forceps to remove your tooth.
This vertical force allows us to preserve your tooth socket and the surrounding bone. Physics forceps work similar to an elevator, opening up and down. This helps lift your tooth straight out of the socket, severing the roots quickly and cleanly.
This process can be used in a variety of situations, including:
This technique is particularly beneficial for patients who want to receive an implant immediately because we can preserve the maximum amount of bone with atraumatic tooth extraction.
Recovery after an atraumatic tooth extraction is similar to recovery from a conventional tooth extraction except you may experience a little less soreness afterward thanks to the minimally invasive techniques we use. If you received oral sedation or intravenous (IV) sedation, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure.
You may also experience less bleeding after an atraumatic extraction as compared to a conventional extraction. You can further take care of your extraction site by:
Your specific recovery instructions may vary, especially if you have an implant placed at the same time as your extraction. One perk to immediately placing your implant is that it can shave months off of your overall treatment timeline.
To learn more about your tooth extraction and replacement options, call The Masters Dental Group at 210-349-4424 to book your appointment. It’s our mission to provide the highest quality of dental care in a friendly and professional environment.