Tooth Extractions – Temple, TX

Removing and Replacing Badly Damaged Teeth

If you have a tooth that’s broken, damaged, or decayed, preventing it from being fixed with a filling, crown, or other treatment, you may need a tooth extraction. The process of removing one or more teeth doesn’t have to be painful; we provide options to help keep you comfortable during tooth extractions from our Temple, TX emergency dentist.

Why Choose Richard Fossum, DDS for Tooth Extractions?

  • Full Range of Sedation Options
  • In-House Dental Implant Placement
  • Insurance Accepted, In-House Savings Available

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Woman in pain before tooth extraction

Tooth extraction can be needed for several reasons including:

  • Extra teeth that block other teeth from erupting
  • Primary teeth don't fall out in time to allow adult teeth to erupt
  • Tooth removal for orthodontic treatments
  • Impacted wisdom tooth removal
  • To make room for dentures or dental implants

Tooth Extraction with Intravenous Sedation Dentistry

Woman laughing in dental treatment chair

Dr. Grosskopf can perform extraction procedures with intravenous sedation. Intravenous administered sedation will significantly reduce any fear or anxiety, completely relax you, and may make you sleepy for the duration of the extraction procedure. Intravenous sedation may also produce either partial or full memory loss of the actual treatment. During intravenous sedation, you will remain conscious and able to understand and respond to requests; however, you may not remember much about the procedure itself. As such, it may appear as if you were asleep during treatment.

Wisdom Tooth – 3rd Molars

Model smile with damaged tooth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are prone to problems during eruption, which usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21. When your adult teeth fully erupt, there is often little room left in the mouth. Since your wisdom teeth are the last to arrive, they may erupt sideways, partially, or impacted beneath the gum line, giving rise to intense pain, infection, and facial swelling.

At this point, wisdom tooth extraction becomes necessary and with modern dental techniques, it should be a comfortable and effective procedure. Though not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, the removal of the wisdom tooth is needed if the tooth causes inflammation or infection. For instance, if a soft tissue growth over a partially erupted wisdom tooth is formed, bacteria can become trapped and painful infection called pericoronitis can quickly develop.