Teeth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in San Antonio

When a tooth needs to be removed, depend upon us for skilled, experienced care with a comforting touch. Feeling anxious or uneasy about having a tooth removed, we offer sedation to make the experience easier. For more involved tooth extractions, such as wisdom teeth, an oral surgeon may continue the treatment.
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The Most Common Reasons for an Extraction Are:

Digital dental X-rays are very important for adults because they allow us to see areas of decay that are not visible during an oral exam. With our digital X-ray services, our dentists are able to:

Tooth trauma

Tooth decay

Extra teeth


Wisdom teeth

Periodontal disease

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What to Expect

When you come to the clinic, we’ll take X-rays to help us plan the best procedure for removal. Then the area will be numbed using local anesthesia, so only pressure will be felt, not pain. Dr. Cruse will explain the steps in detail and answer any questions.

After the extraction, we’ll give detailed instructions on how to promote the healing process. This includes what to take for discomfort, how to handle any swelling, and how to keep the area clean.

At Home Care

Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 45 minutes can control this. Blood clots will form in the empty socket as part of the healing process. Be careful not to dislodge the clot.

Patients should also avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction, use of a straw, smoking, or hot liquids. Any chewing should be away from the extraction site.

Swelling can be controlled by using an ice pack, and non-prescription medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used for pain. Don’t brush the teeth near the extraction site for one day; resume gentle cleaning the next day. Avoid commercial mouth rinses; after 24 hours, rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.

After 1-2 weeks, any inconvenience should be gone. Over time, the hole in the jawbone will fill in with bone.

Learn More About the Process

We’re here to answer any questions you may have along the way. Call us today!
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Teeth Extractions North Side San Antonio, TX