Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

We at Gallegos Family Dentistry strive to save teeth whenever that’s possible. However, a tooth extraction may be necessary and even recommended in certain instances. Sometimes the reason behind this decision is a severely decayed tooth, other times it’s a broken tooth that can’t be repaired, a poorly positioned tooth that interferes with an orthodontic treatment or, most commonly, a wisdom tooth.  Often there are different tooth replacement alternatives instead of an extraction, so Dr. Gallegos will discuss this with you in order for you to make the best choice depending on your individual case.


Wisdom Teeth Removal

A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:

  • Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
  • Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
  • More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
  • One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.


Tooth Extraction Process

Before the planed tooth removal or emergency tooth extraction, your family dentist will numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. Thanks to that, you won’t feel any pain but you will feel some pressure at the time of the extraction.

Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket. To help stop the bleeding, your dentist will place a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite it down. In some cases, you might need a few stitches that will close the gum edges.

The recovery period normally takes only a few days. There will be some discomfort, so take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. You can also apply ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours after the dental surgery. Make sure you eat only soft foods for a couple of days and don’t smoke for at least 24 hours after the extraction.

If you need a tooth extraction in Albuquerque, contact us today and make an appointment with Dr. Gallegos. He will examine your mouth and the tooth that might need to be extracted and he will offer you the best options for it. Thanks to the contemporary equipment and level of expertise, we are capable of keeping the tooth extraction cost affordable to lessen the financial burden of the procedure, while helping you feel good and healthy at the same time.