The loss of even just one tooth can cause a negative impact to your overall oral health. The most noticeable outcome is the appearance of your smile but there are other disadvantages. Chewing food may become more difficult when you are missing a tooth. Missing a tooth can also make it difficult to speak clearly, and most people try to hide it by not smiling or speaking normally. The loss of the tooth can also cause the jaw bone to start dissolving. Whenever possible we will make every effort to save your tooth. In the case that an extraction is necessary, Dr. Bridger and his skilled staff are here to make the experience as painless and comfortable as possible for you.

  • Wisdom tooth removal is almost always performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Dr. Bridger will discuss all sedation options with you before the procedure is performed.
  • Once the wisdom teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, you may be asked to bite down on gauze placed in your mouth.
  • You will rest under our care and supervision until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, our staff will discuss after-care instructions, and if needed, a prescription for pain medication, and a prescription for antibiotics.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, usually when a person is in their late teens or twenties. When they align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not require removal. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The extraction of wisdom teeth becomes necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow in sideways or partially emerged from the gum, sometimes the wisdom teeth can even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Dr. Bridger can determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed during an exam. If an extraction is necessary, we offer sedation dentistry to help make the procedure relaxed and comfortable.

Bone Grafts

In some situations, if you have had a tooth extracted you may need a bone graft. A bone graft is very common and is encouraged when the outer wall of bone is very thin where your tooth once was. The goal of the bone graft is to prevent the bone from shrinking and preserve the bone mass.

If you feel you may be in need of a tooth extraction, call West Houston Dental Center to schedule an exam today!