What Are Tooth Extractions?
Our experienced dentist and dental team make every effort to ensure you and your family obtain the highest level of oral care. Though we do our best to save natural teeth, it is necessary in some cases to remove a tooth in order to best preserve your oral health. There are multiple instances that may lead to a recommendation for tooth extraction, such as when a tooth has become impacted, damaged beyond repair, or significantly decayed. Additionally, some orthodontic treatments may require a tooth extraction procedure to be performed prior to going forward. At Made Ya Smile Rayford, our dentist provides both simple and surgical tooth extractions and uses varying sedation methods to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Within our Spring, TX facility, we desire for all of our patients to have a positive patient experience. To learn more, we invite you to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Simple Vs. Surgical Tooth Extraction
Depending on different oral factors, tooth extractions may be a simple or surgical procedure. A fully erupted tooth can be removed from your jaw in a simple extraction with forceps, requiring no extensive treatment. Unerupted teeth, teeth that are impacted in the gums or bone (like wisdom teeth) or teeth that are broken at the gumline, require surgical extraction, along with other more difficult to remove teeth. Our teeth may need to create incisions in the gum or section a tooth into pieces for proper removal from the jaw in surgical extractions. We are committed to your safety and comfort, so you can rest assured that we'll take all precautions to ensure you receive the best, most efficient care possible.
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When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
Our dentist will attempt to restore worn, cracked, abscessed, decayed, or broken teeth through crowns, fillings, or other dental restorations prior to recommending tooth extractions. Sometimes, it's best to remove a damaged or unsalvageable tooth to restore oral health. Advanced gum disease can cause severe bone loss and loose teeth, and in these cases, the team at Made Ya Smile may recommend a tooth extraction to improve your oral condition. Children prepping for orthodontic treatment may need baby or premolar teeth removed to allow for enough space for tooth eruption or jaw formation. Teens and young adults may not have enough room in their mouths for wisdom teeth to properly erupt, which can make tooth extractions a needed procedure.
There are a variety of dental conditions that may require a tooth extraction. Our dentist is expertly trained in tooth extractions and can recommend either a simple or surgical extraction depending on your unique oral health needs.
What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?
When you arrive for your extraction, we will numb your gums, teeth, and jaw for your comfort during the procedure. Nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation dentistry services are also available to improve comfort or help you relax if you're worried about your procedure. Once your mouth is numb, the extraction will begin. Our dentist is conservative about this treatment and aims to preserve the integrity of surrounding teeth and tissue whenever possible. The tooth will be removed from the bone socket using surgical instruments. In surgical extractions, like with wisdom teeth, an incision in the gums will first be made to gain access to the tooth. The tooth may be sectioned into portions for removal if necessary. Once complete, the area will be sutured and we will rinse your mouth. We will provide you instructions on proper care for your extraction sites once you return home for the days and weeks following the procedure.
Recovery After a Tooth Extraction
Following your procedure, the recovery phase of tooth extraction is vital to proper healing. Teeth that were abscessed or infected may require you to take a prescription antibiotic after your procedure. Pain medication or over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended in order to keep discomfort minimal during healing. Your face and jaw may swell, and you can relieve this with cold compresses. It is necessary for you to avoid smoking, spitting, and drinking through a straw as your extraction sites heal. If you do these things, you can develop a dry socket, which is when the clot forming over bone becomes dislodged. This condition can cause pain and slow your healing process.
Contact our office right away if you develop severe pain, uncontrolled bleeding, or other concerning issues. You will return for a follow-up visit with our doctors a week or so after your procedure to check on your healing progress. Following a tooth extraction, it's important to maintain your routine exam and cleaning visits alongside your regular home care activities to help keep your smile in great shape. Once your mouth heals, we will chat with you about options for replacing your extracted tooth.
Will Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Typically, dental plans will provide some coverage for simple and surgical tooth extractions but any sedation services may cost extra. Our business team at Made Ya Smile will work to find out your anticipated coverage amounts from your insurance provider before your procedure. We want everyone to have access to quality care for optimal oral health. To make your treatment fit within your family's budget, we accept several payment options and can provide you with information on low-interest dental financing with CareCredit®.
Gentle Tooth Removal
Occasionally, it's necessary to lose a tooth to gain a healthy smile. At Made Ya Smile, we offer simple and surgical tooth extractions for patients of any age who need them to improve their health and wellness. Impacted, damaged, or decayed teeth may be best treated with removal in some cases. Our dentist also offers tooth replacement options to help restore the natural look of your smile as a part of comprehensive treatment. Find out more about gentle tooth extraction by reaching out to our Spring, TX office today.