Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to preserve your oral health.

The best teeth for your smile are the ones you already have. Nothing is better than keeping your natural teeth, and the dentist and team at Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. will do everything possible to save your natural teeth.

But there are times when a tooth is too damaged by decay or a trauma to be saved. In those cases, the dentist may suggest a tooth extraction in El Paso, Texas, followed by a restoration.

Dr. Michael Mullen will gently rock your tooth back and forth, until it is loose enough to be removed. If necessary, he may close the socket with a single, dissolvable stitch, and send you home. Later, when the extraction has healed, you can talk with the dentist about a replacement option.

You should carefully follow your aftercare instructions following your extraction. You need to keep the site healthy and preserve the blood clot that will form there. That clot is protecting the exposed nerve and jawbone as the socket heals. If that clot is ruptured or removed, you can develop an infection, and will be in a great deal of pain.

If you are experiencing a problem with one of your teeth, you shouldn’t wait until an infection sets in. To find out if you need an extraction or other treatment, call 915-593-1900 today to schedule an appointment at our office.