What Are Tooth Extractions?
When it comes to our patients' smiles, we do everything possible to treat dental needs in the most conservative way possible. Some dental issues, however, require the need for a tooth extraction to improve oral health. We try to save every tooth so patients can receive high-quality restorative care. But when this is not possible, we may need to remove teeth that are severely damaged, infected, decayed, abscessed, or impacted to bring health and wellness back to your smile. In some cases, tooth extractions may also be part of a treatment plan to take out baby teeth to assist in tooth eruption or prepare for orthodontic treatment.
We are experienced in simple and surgical tooth extractions and performs with as little impact to surrounding tissues as possible. We use a gentle touch and can keep you comfortable during your tooth extraction by combining thorough local anesthetic techniques with sedation dentistry options for a positive and relaxing visit. Losing a tooth may be necessary to improve your oral health. But it does not have to affect your smile. Our Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 practice also offers natural-looking tooth replacement options to help you overcome tooth loss in a positive way. To schedule your tooth extraction consultation, contact our full-service practice in Houston, TX today.
Simple Vs. Surgical Tooth Extraction
While some teeth are simple and easy to remove from the jaw, others require a more complex approach. We may use a simple tooth extraction procedure to remove teeth that are fully erupted and can be elevated easily and taken out with a pair of forceps. Molars that are impacted in the gum or bone tissues (like wisdom teeth) and teeth that are broken off at the gumline or otherwise challenging to remove may require a surgical tooth extraction. In this case, we will make an incision in the gum covering the affected tooth and may need to section the tooth into separate pieces to safely remove it from the jaw. Regardless of whether your oral health needs call for a simple or surgical tooth extraction, our team will always regard your safety and comfort as our highest priority.
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When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
Teeth that cannot be repaired or are keeping you from enjoying a healthy smile may be best treated with a tooth extraction. Children, teens, and adults may require tooth extractions, depending on their needs. In orthodontic cases, retained baby teeth or premolars may be needed to aid in proper tooth eruption and orthodontic movement of teeth. Wisdom teeth often become problematic for patients between the ages of 17 – 21 and may require removal. We are well-trained in tooth extraction procedures but may partner with an oral and maxillofacial specialist to ensure your family's oral health needs are comprehensively met.
We will do everything to preserve and save teeth with fillings, crowns, and other types of restorations and may only recommend tooth extraction as a last resort. During your consultation, we can help you determine if removing a tooth is the best option for your dental health. Tooth extractions may be recommended to improve oral health in cases of:
- Advanced bone loss
- Severe tooth decay
- Extensive tooth decay
- Extremely worn teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Teeth broken at the gumline
- Untreatable infection or abscess
- Orthodontic treatment needs
- Stubborn baby teeth
- Problematic or impacted wisdom teeth
What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?
We will review your treatment options with you and help you determine the best type of care for your smile. If a tooth extraction is necessary, we will review our sedation dentistry options to help make your procedure relaxing and stress-free. On the day of your extraction visit, we will thoroughly numb your tooth, gum, and bone. Special oral surgery instruments will be used to carefully remove your tooth from its socket in the bone. Using our special training and a gentle technique, we will take your tooth while taking special care to preserve the surrounding tissues as much as possible. If needed, your tooth will be sectioned and removed in individual pieces. Sutures may be placed to close the gum tissues and protect the extraction site, depending on your needs. At the end of your procedure, our caring team will review post-op instructions with you and inform you of how to take care of your teeth and gums while you heal.
Recovery After a Tooth Extraction
Our team will give you special instructions on what to do while your gums and bone heal. During the healing phase, it is extremely important to adhere to our instructions so that your mouth can heal properly. Spitting, smoking, and drinking through a straw should all be avoided in the first week following your extraction to reduce the risk of dry socket, an often painful condition that occurs when the clot in the extraction site becomes dislodged. Please contact us right away if you think this has happened. You may notice facial swelling, which can be reduced with cold compresses to the face or jaw. We may give you a prescription for antibiotics if an infection is present or pain medication to help keep you comfortable while your mouth recovers. Instructions on the best way to clean your teeth and gums will also be reviewed with you by a member of our team.
Any uncontrolled bleeding, severe pain, or additional concerns should be evaluated by our team right away. Please let us know if any of these occur. We will also schedule a follow-up visit so that we can assess your healing and remove your sutures, if necessary. At that time, we can also talk with you about tooth replacement options to restore your smile, oral function, and confidence after a tooth has been removed. Be sure to keep up with good oral hygiene each day and routine cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 to maintain your oral health following a tooth extraction procedure.
Will Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Depending on your individual dental insurance plan, tooth extractions (simple and surgical exodontia) and wisdom teeth removal may be covered in part. Sedation dentistry, however, may be an out-of-pocket cost. We will get in touch with your insurance company to learn about your coverage and calculate your treatment cost. At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we strive to make dental care as affordable as possible and will work with you to find an option that meets your needs and budget. Several easy payment options may be available, including flexible medical financing through CareCredit®.
Gentle Tooth Removal
Removing a tooth may be the best option for your oral health or that of a family member. Rest assured, tooth extractions are usually only recommended when it is not possible to save a tooth, or your oral and general health is at risk. We use a gentle touch and advanced expertise to perform simple and surgical tooth extractions for patients of all ages. Teeth that are infected, impacted, broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged may no longer be serving your smile. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is a full-service practice that can also offer effective tooth replacement solutions when you must lose a natural tooth to save your oral health. Talk to our caring Houston, TX team today and schedule a visit to learn more about your extraction and tooth replacement needs.