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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Tooth Extraction Specialist

The dentists at About Smiles always try to save a tooth before taking it out, but in some cases pulling a tooth is the only healthy option. Whether your tooth has been severely damaged, or excessive decay is causing pain and problems, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices in Austin or Round Rock, Texas. We’ll evaluate all of your options and, should tooth extraction be necessary, we offer several types of sedation to ensure your comfort.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why would you need a tooth extraction?

One of the most common reasons for extracting a tooth is that it’s so damaged or decayed that it can’t be saved. While many dental procedures are available to save weakened teeth, such as crowns and veneers, sometimes severely damaged teeth can’t be salvaged.

You may need to have a tooth, or several teeth, removed if you have too many teeth to fit properly in your jaw. Sometimes they all grow in, causing overcrowding and misalignment. Other times extra teeth may grow in behind an otherwise perfect row of teeth.

Teeth can also get impacted, or stuck in the jaw. Wisdom teeth are well known for getting impacted because they’re too crowded or growing in sideways. They often need to be extracted to avoid causing an infection or affecting the health of surrounding teeth.

What happens when you get a tooth extraction?

Extractions can be simple, such as when the tooth is above the gum line and only needs to be loosened, then pulled out. More complicated issues require oral surgery. This happens if you have an impacted tooth or if the tooth broke at the gum line.

Preparation for a tooth extraction begins before the actual surgery. If you take certain medications, your dentist at About Smiles will tell you how long before the surgery to stop them. Your dentist will also do an examination to check for gum disease or infection. If any problems exist, they’ll be treated before your dental surgery.

The team at About Smiles is devoted to making sure your dental care is as comfortable as possible, so we’ll explain every step of the extraction and talk with you about anesthesia.

What is sedation dentistry?

Virtually everyone is anxious when they face a tooth extraction, but we offer sedation dentistry, which helps you stay relaxed during the procedure. We offer several forms of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Please don’t let concern for the dental procedure stop you from getting the care you need. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and safety, and we have many years of experience helping patients work through their dental anxiety.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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