Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas – Texarkana & Paris TXAs oral surgeons, saving your tooth is always our number one goal, but sometimes tooth extractions are unavoidable. Thankfully, cutting-edge technology, our surgical techniques, and anesthesia have come a long way over the years, empowering us to offer safe, comfortable and quick tooth extractions.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
- Severe tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth fractures
- Impacted teeth
- Orthodontic preparation needs
Prior to extraction, our expert doctors discuss with you replacement options and the logistics of bone grafting. A grafting procedure at the time of your extraction helps prevent jawbone loss and provides favorable conditions for an implant down the road.
Having a Tooth Extracted
The procedure typically takes less than an hour, and the results are very safe and predictable.
Before pulling your tooth, Dr. Bunel administers local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed, so you do not feel any pain. A general anesthetic is also an option for those who request it. Depending on the particulars of your case, we sometimes place a few stitches – usually self-dissolving – to close up the gum edges over the extraction site.
Recovery and Home Care
We provide specific home care instructions prior to surgery, but in general, the most important things to know about recovery from a tooth extraction include:
Following surgery, it is very important to form a strong blood clot for the healing process, by biting on a gauze pad for about an hour after the procedure.
Straws and Smoking
For two days following your surgery, do not use straws or tobacco products, as these will dislodge the clot, which results in a dry socket. Dry sockets are painful and may require additional treatment, slowing recovery time.
As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience soreness for a few days. However, patients are typically able to manage any pain with over the counter pain medications, such as Ibuprofen, but a pain reliever may be prescribed.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas
Patient Review By Wynona B
Every person in that office was amazing. Dr. Burks was the best dentist I have ever been to. He made every step of my extraction easy and I will be using this clinic for all of my dental work. Would highly recommend this office and Dr. Burks, an exceptional dentist.
- Wynona B
Patient Review By Alice
Everyone very nice
Patient Review By Mitchell T
Dr. Hastings is a great dentist. Made the experience the best i have ever had. Thank you
- Mitchell T
Patient Review By Randy H
May 2018, I have used Dr. Bunel many times for my family over the last 25 years. He has done wisdom teeth removal and most recently tooth extractions for my mom. He and the staff were very courteous and helpful with all our questions. Dr. Bunel called me the next day and checked on how things were going. Highly recommend Dr Bunel and staff.
- Randy H
Patient Review By Brandon S
I couldn't have been more impressed or happy with the service and treatment I received. The staff was amazing and very professional. I highly recommend using them.
- Brandon S
Patient Review By Thomas H
Dr. Legan was prompt, professional and friendly.
- Thomas H
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Patient Review By Arthur A
Everything was great!
- Arthur A
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Patient Review By John G
I will be telling my friends how great they are!!
- John G
Patient Review By Penny C
Very pleased with my care before, during, and after surgery.
- Penny C
Patient Review By Lexie L
I was very happy with the staff and will be telling my friends to see them!
- Lexie L