Houston Oral Healthcare Specialists

Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS

Periodontist located in Kingwood, TX

Getting a tooth pulled is never fun, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For safe and expert extractions, turn to Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS, in Kingwood, Texas. You can trust Dr. Cummings when you need to have a tooth pulled. Request an appointment online or call the office directly.

Extractions Q & A

Why might I need a tooth pulled?

Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, a tooth may need to be extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay may all contribute to needing a tooth pulled.

Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

How are extractions performed?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are reserved for teeth that can be seen above the gum line. During this procedure, Dr. Cummings will first loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. He will then use forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. In these situations, Dr. Cummings makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. The affected tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into parts) so it can be more easily removed. Some bone may also need to be removed from around the tooth.

You'll receive a local anesthetic before a simple extraction or surgical extraction so you will not feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Cummings might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.

What is the timeline for healing from a tooth extraction?

While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, depending on the extent of your dental surgery.

Every patient is different, so you should contact Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS, and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options in addition to any important post-procedure treatments such as dental implants or crowns.

Make an appointment online or call Lewis C. Cummings, DDS, MS, today.