about tooth extractions
At ACE Dental of Bellmead, our skilled team of dentists make every effort to save and maintain your natural teeth, however, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might need to be extracted. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible above the gumline. This is normally used for a tooth that's damaged or decayed and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted over the gumline. Surgical extractions are frequently performed to take out the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. Whatever the reason for needing a tooth extraction, our team will take special care to help make your dental visit as pleasant as possible and can incorporate nitrous oxide sedation for extra comfort. Get in touch with our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule an exam today.
who is a candidate for tooth extractions?
If your tooth was broken or damaged from decay, our team will first attempt to repair it using a filling, bonding, or crown. However, if a tooth is beyond repair, it may need to be removed. A tooth extraction will also help prevent further damage and save the health of the remaining teeth. You might also need an extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that cannot fit in your mouth once it has fully erupted. This is most common with molars, such as wisdom teeth, which develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older kids, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be pulled so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or considering Invisalign, then you may require a tooth extraction to make room for the remaining teeth when they move into their proper position.
What To Expect during treatment
Simple and surgical tooth extractions are performed at our office in Bellmead, TX with local anesthesia. We can also use nitrous oxide to help keep you calm and relaxed throughout your procedure. Once the treatment area is properly numbed, we will begin the extraction process. In a simple extraction, we will gently loosen the tooth using a special device known as an elevator and then pull the tooth out. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to access the tooth. If needed, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so it can be more easily removed. Once the extraction is complete, if necessary, we may seal the incisions with sutures to help with healing.
Recovery following tooth removal
After your appointment, we will provide you with detailed instructions to follow at home to help aid in healing. For the next few days, we recommend that you avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Your recovery process will depend on the extent of your tooth extraction, but many patients want to eat soft, room-temperature food and use a cold compress or over-the-counter pain medication to help ease any swelling or discomfort. If needed, a prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics may be provided. Aside from your follow-up visit, you should schedule appointments at ACE Dental of Bellmead for routine dental exams and cleanings so we can monitor your health after an extraction.
Insurance Coverage for extractions
A tooth extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation treatment may or may not be fully covered. Before your extraction, we will call your insurance carrier to confirm your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, we can talk to you about the payment methods we accept and provide information about medical financing. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, we take great pride in offering quality, affordable dentistry so you and your family can get the dental care you need and deserve.
restore your oral health
If you have a wisdom or baby tooth that needs to be removed or have multiple teeth that need to be pulled in preparation for orthodontics, call ACE Dental of Bellmead today. Our caring team of dentists is highly trained and skilled in performing simple and surgical tooth extractions. We can also incorporate nitrous oxide sedation to help keep you calm and comfortable. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the best dental experience possible within a safe and welcoming environment. Reach out to our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule your initial consultation to learn more.