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Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction may sound scary, but in some cases, it's the best way to protect your oral health.

Tooth extractions can help alleviate your pain, restore dental functionality, and improve your appearance.

Dr. Grant Heller of Victoria, TX, uses advanced technology for fast and virtually painless tooth extractions.

What is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is when a tooth is completely removed from its socket in the jaw bone. Simple extractions involve lifting the tooth from the socket. In complex extractions, soft or hard tissue might first need to be removed.

Dentists often offer tooth extraction to patients as a last resort, but extractions can sometimes be the best solution for your tooth if it's damaged beyond repair.

Our office in Victoria, TX, handles simple tooth extraction cases, and can refer you to an oral surgeon if your case is more complex.

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What Are the Benefits of Tooth Extraction?

Having a tooth extracted can:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Prevent further damage to your teeth and gums
  • Improve functionality
  • Give your teeth more space to align properly
  • Improve your oral health overall

Talk to Our Dentist about Tooth Extraction

It's normal to be nervous about dental work, which is why it's important to find an experienced dentist you can trust. Grant Heller, DDS, of Victoria, TX, is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Heller and his team can offer you the highest level of care using modern technology. They'll treat you like family and are willing to work with your schedule and financial situation.

If you're considering getting a tooth extraction, but have questions or concerns, you can fill out our contact form or reach our Victoria office at:

(361) 575-0237

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Will I Need Additional Dentistry?

Following tooth extraction, patients often need one of the following dental procedures to completely restore functionality:

  • Dental implants
  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Orthodontics like ClearCorrect® aligner trays
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What If I Have a Dental Emergency?

You may need an emergency tooth extraction if you feel intense tooth pain, have persistent swelling around your tooth or along your jaw, or your tooth has severe damage like a break or fracture.

We understand that accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Dr. Heller offers emergency care and can recommend the best solution. Call our Victoria, TX, office anytime at (361) 575-0237 and we will try to see you as soon as possible. 

What Should I Expect During a Simple Tooth Extraction?

Dr. Heller and his team can offer you the highest level of care using modern technology. 
Dr. Heller and his team can offer you the highest level of care using modern technology. 

X-Rays

Before this restorative dentistry procedure, Dr. Heller will take an x-ray so he can examine your roots, your jawbone, and the shape and size of your tooth. This will help him determine the best way to extract your tooth, or if you should be referred to an oral surgeon.

Anesthesia

Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic at the extraction site. This will keep you from feeling any pain, though you may feel some pressure around your tooth.

Extraction

Your dentist will use an elevator tool to loosen the tooth from the jawbone by rocking it back and forth. They will then use forceps to remove the tooth. If your tooth is difficult to extract, it may have to be removed in pieces.

Stitches

After the tooth is removed, your dentist may place stitches to close your gum tissue over the extraction site.

Gauze

Your dentist will then have you bite down on some gauze to stop the bleeding and help a blood clot form at the extraction site. Replace the gauze as needed.

What Should I Do after the Procedure?

For the 24 hours following your dental procedure, avoid touching the extraction site. As you heal, take care not to disturb the blood clot that forms. You will likely have minimal bleeding for two or three days. It can take up to two weeks for the extraction site to heal.

Your dentist may prescribe medication, but any pain you experience can usually be treated with over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. Swelling of the face is normal and can be treated with a cool compress or some ice.

Call your dentist or oral surgeon if you experience symptoms like severe pain, excess bleeding, swelling for a prolonged period of time, or fever. 

Advanced Technology for More Precise Treatment

Dr. Heller's office brings the latest technology in dentistry to the Victoria community. 

High-definition panoramic and digital x-rays allow Dr. Heller to see detailed pictures of your tooth and the surrounding area, so he can provide the best recommendation regarding tooth extraction. We also use intraoral cameras that provide images on a chairside monitor to better educate our patients.

If we are able to save your tooth and you need a crown, we can offer same-day treatment. Dr. Heller's CEREC® machine can both design and mill high-quality restorations that look like real teeth.

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Are Tooth Extractions Covered by Insurance?

Tooth extraction is a relatively inexpensive procedure and is usually covered by insurance. This kind of dental work is often necessary to ensure oral health, and can help prevent additional problems that can be even more expensive if left untreated.

Our dentist understands that not all patients have insurance, so our office offers affordable financing. We work with CareCredit®, which allows Victoria patients to pay for their dentistry treatments in monthly installments.

"Very professional. I showed up at his office in extreme pain and after haven't had any pain since. The process was surprising painless, too. I'm very grateful and would recommend him to anyone." Aaron Odom - 5-Star Review
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Grant Heller, DDS

Dr. Grant Heller and his knowledgeable team offer superior, patient-focused dentistry in Victoria, TX, treating you like family in the process. Financing is available. Dr. Heller's prestigious affiliations include:
  •  The American Dental Association
  •  The Texas Dental Association
  •  The Academy of General Dentistry
To request an appointment, fill out our online form or call us at (361) 575-0237.

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