Tooth Extractions Overview
While our dental team makes every effort to rescue and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. This is generally used for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly done to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have enough room to fit into your smile. Regardless of the reason for needing a tooth extraction at People's Dental, our team will treat you with the best care. Our Springfield, MA office offers different sedation techniques like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, and that means you can remain comfortable during your procedure. Contact our team to find out more or to schedule an examination to enhance your oral health.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, we will make every effort to repair it with bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, if a tooth is too damaged it may need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You might also need a simple or surgical extraction to remove teeth, that don't fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be pulled so they don't block the permanent teeth. If you are getting braces or considering Invisalign, you may need a simple extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper position.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being worked on. Other types of sedation could be used depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. When you are ready, we will begin the procedure. In a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction involves making incisions in your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, we will suture the incision in the gums. We may prescribe antibiotics that need to be taken before and after the operation — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is lengthy, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Depending on the sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have a friend or family member drive you home. While your mouth heals, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery process will depend on the method of your tooth extraction, but most patients want to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the extraction. Our team will talk to you about what to expect during your recovery and ways to take care of your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction, so we recommend cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, we may write you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. Along with any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at People's Dental for dental cleanings and exams so our team can monitor your health after an extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance carrier to find out your specific coverage and estimate your personal costs. If you don't have dental insurance, our staff can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
When you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth doesn't have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at People's Dental can assist in improving your oral health. Schedule an appointment at our facility in Springfield, MA to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation choices to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.