Extractions

Dr. Butler does not only routine extractions, but third molar (wisdom tooth) extractions as needed. Our goal is a safe, fear free experience for you, with a swift recovery and the least amount of discomfort possible. Ask about anxiety and pain management options.

Our Kerrville family dentistry offers extractions to our patients.When a tooth extraction is the healthiest option left, come to Dr. Butler for gentle, compassionate care.

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At our Kerrville family dental practice, saving teeth is our favorite part of dentistry. However, there are times when a tooth is too badly damaged to save – and then there are wisdom teeth, those third molars for which there is often not enough room in the mouth. If extraction is needed, Dr. Butler can help.

Emergency Extractions

An emergency extraction is sometimes called for when a tooth has been damaged by trauma, or has been neglected until it is infected and the decay or damage is too extreme for the tooth to be saved. Dr. Butler will go over your options, including plans for a restoration to prevent additional tooth loss.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

The third molars (the teeth that come in last and are in the very back of your mouth) are often complicated by lack of space in the mouth. They can rub against adjacent teeth, cause pain and damage, and become impacted.

Sine these teeth are not needed for chewing and are at the ends of the supporting arches of teeth, they can be removed with no adverse effects. Removal of wisdom teeth can prevent these possibilities:

  • A wisdom tooth partially erupting through the gum. This creates an opening where bacteria may enter and cause infection. Pain, swelling and jaw stiffness may result.
  • An impacted wisdom tooth growing without having enough room, which may damage adjacent teeth.
  • A fluid-filled sac (cyst) or tumor forming on or near an impacted tooth, destroying surrounding bone or tooth roots.

The Extraction Process

Before your extraction surgery, our office will explain what to expect and help you plan for the appointment. You will want to dress comfortably in loose clothing and arrange for someone to be with you before and after your dental visit and provide transportation.

Extractions can be performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Butler can discuss what types of anesthesia and pain or anxiety-reducing medication are available and suitable for you. An extraction isn’t fun, but it doesn’t have to be painful, and after the procedure Dr. Butler will prescribe medication to minimize discomfort for the first few days after the surgery.

Dr. Butler will also discuss your options for restoration if the tooth being extracted is not a wisdom tooth. Losing a tooth in the middle of the arch can cause it to become unstable, and adjacent teeth can drift and also become loose. A bridge, dental implant, or other solution can help prevent additional issues.

Need an extraction? Call your Kerrville family dentist at (830) 257-4900 and schedule an appointment today!