Category Archives: Oral Surgery

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Emergency Dentistry

A sudden tooth injury or other dental emergency can be a painful and traumatic experience that requires immediate attention. At The Texas Dental Center, we understand the importance of correcting your dental injury or infection as soon as possible. That’s why we are happy to fit you into our schedule the moment you are in need of help to ensure you receive the comprehensive care you need to get back on track with your daily life.

Traumatic Injury

Whether you are injured playing sports or due to an accident, tooth damage can be a traumatic experience. The risk of tooth loss or permanent damage to your mouth after an injury can be very serious. Without immediate and proper treatment, you may have to spend more time, energy and money to correct your dental issues down the road.

Emergency dentistry includes oral sedation to rid your nerves of any pain or discomfort, as well as a number of immediate dental restoration procedures and comprehensive treatment plans to help get your teeth back to normal quickly and effectively.

Dental Infection or Pain

Sometimes, dental pain is a result of an infection or disease. The pain may come on suddenly or it may progress gradually. In either case, the pain may be a sign of serious dental problems, such as gum disease, that require immediate attention. Without proper treatment, the infection or disease can propagate and the pain can worsen, so it is essential to contact our office immediately if you feel any unexplainable pain in your teeth or gums.

Emergency Dental Treatment Options

At The Texas Dental Center, Dr. Mofid will examine your teeth, gums and jaw to ensure that all options, risks and treatment options are evaluated, so we can give you the proper care and pain relief you need. Emergency dental treatment options include a range of surgical, non-surgical, cosmetic and restorative procedures. The type of treatment required will depend on your injury, oral health and distinct dental situation. In any case, we explore and consider the entire range of options to ensure you receive the best care possible.

The most common dental emergencies and treatments include root canals, tooth extractions, tooth restorations, crown reconstruction, denture repairs, abscesses and tooth loss. If you are experiencing any sudden tooth pain, it is important to get proper care as soon as possible to protect your smile from further damage.

If your emergency dentistry consists of a traumatic dental injury, give us a call as soon as possible, and we will do everything we can to ensure you get the care that you need quickly and prevent additional problems and pain.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions may be required for a number of reasons – when tooth decay has been left unchecked, in advanced stages of periodontal disease, or when a tooth is so badly broken or damaged that it needs to be replaced. In some cases, the surrounding teeth are also affected and may need to be removed as well. Dr. Mofid will determine in which cases a tooth must be extracted and in which cases it may be saved and restored.

How is a Tooth Extracted?

Before a tooth is extracted, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the nerves around your tooth, gums and jawbone. This will eliminate any pain or discomfort during the extraction process. After your mouth is numb, Dr. Mofid will widen the tooth socket to prepare your tooth for removal. Depending on the tooth’s curvature in its socket, strength of the tooth’s bond with the root, and location of the tooth, Dr. Mofid may section the tooth and remove it in pieces.

What Post-Op Care Do I Need After a Tooth Extraction?

After your tooth is extracted, you will experience bleeding around the site of extraction. Putting pressure on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after your tooth extraction will help clot the blood.

After the bleeding has stopped, it is important to be careful around the tooth socket to ensure that the blood clot is not broken or dislodged. Blood clotting around the site of extraction is important for proper healing to take place. You should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, rinsing or brushing teeth vigorously, or using a straw at least 72 hours after your surgery, and heavy exercise should be avoided for at least 24 hours.

After about 48 hours, the swelling should go down. In the meantime, an ice pack and over the counter pain medications may be used to reduce any swelling and relieve pain. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to prevent or treat any infection, which must also be taken as directed for the full duration in which it is prescribed to ensure that the infection is completely removed.

On the day of your extraction, you will want to drink plenty of water or other fluids and eat soft foods after your procedure. After about 2-3 days once you start feeling more comfortable, you are free to eat and drink normally; however, if you continue to experience pain or other symptoms, contact Dr. Mofid and his staff immediately.
After a tooth extraction, it is important to consider a replacement tooth option to keep your oral health at its optimal level. For more information about tooth pain, extractions and dental restorations, contact our office for more information.