What Are Tooth Extractions?
At Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, our priority is providing high-quality, personalized care for every patient we see. We do our best to preserve and save natural teeth when possible, but in some cases, removing a tooth to improve oral health is necessary. Our dental team may recommend a tooth extraction for several types of concerns, such as when teeth are damaged beyond repair, in the case of advanced bone loss, for impacted teeth, or for decayed or abscessed teeth. In children and teens, it may be necessary to use tooth extractions to gently remove retained baby teeth or as a part of orthodontic treatment plans.
Our dentist is highly skilled and experienced in extracting teeth while maintaining the health of surrounding areas. We can perform both simple and surgical tooth extractions on-site and are happy to offer sedation dentistry services to keep you relaxed when you visit for your procedure. Even when tooth extraction is required, we are here to ensure you have the most positive and pleasant experience possible. Our friendly, Houston, TX team is ready to talk with you today about a visit or consultation, if you or your loved one may need a tooth extraction.
Simple Vs. Surgical Tooth Extraction
Sometimes, the best way to restore health and comfort to your smile is to remove a tooth, which may be accomplished through simple or surgical extraction procedures depending on your needs. When a tooth is completely erupted and can be removed from the jaw rather easily with forceps, typically a simple extraction is used. If you have teeth that are broken at the gum line, unerupted, impacted in the gum tissues or bone (such as wisdom teeth), or are otherwise more difficult to remove, a surgical extraction will likely be necessary. In a surgical extraction, our dentist makes an incision in the gums to gain access to the tooth. We may also need to section it into pieces in order to fully remove the tooth from the jawbone. We use a gentle and efficient approach to both surgical and simple tooth extractions, and our top priority is always your comfort and safety.
Tooth Extractions Reviews
"Had a little bit of a wait, after my scheduled appointment time, but it wasn't bad. The hygienist and dentist I had were very sweet to me, and answered every question I had without me even needing to ask. I left with a widom tooth extraction scheduled with an oral surgeon, and was told I need a root canal, and they were very good at making me feel at ease about the whole process. They have very comfortable examination chairs, too! Felt like memory foam."- I.K. / Yelp / Dec 16, 2015
"Had a little bit of a wait, after my scheduled appointment time, but it wasn’t bad. The hygienist and dentist I had were very sweet to me, and answered every question I had without me even needing to ask. I left with a widom tooth extraction scheduled with an oral surgeon, and was told I need a root canal, and they were very good at making me feel at ease about the whole process. They have very comfortable examination chairs, too! Felt like memory foam."- I.K. / Yelp / Dec 16, 2015
When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
If your tooth cannot under any circumstances be saved, tooth extraction may be the best treatment option. The Made Ya Smile team will do everything in our power to restore cracked, broken, worn, decayed, and abscessed teeth using fillings or other kinds of restorative treatments before we recommend a tooth extraction. Removing the tooth may be the only way to save your oral health in some cases. Orthodontic work or movement may require tooth extractions in kids and teens or it may be used to assist in the development of the jaw and eruption of permanent teeth. Our dentist is experienced in oral surgery and can recommend a simple or surgical extraction if it is the right solution for your oral health.
We may recommend tooth extractions in the following cases:
• Existing baby teeth
• A decayed tooth that is beyond repair
• Wisdom teeth or impacted teeth
• Necessary removal for orthodontics
What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?
When you visit our office for your extraction consultation, we can talk with you about sedation options if you are feeling nervous or anxious. On the day of your extraction visit, our dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the tooth, nerves, gum, and bones. We will make sure your treatment areas are fully numb before beginning your extraction. With years of experience and advanced training in removing teeth from the jaw, you can rely on our team to take special precautions to ensure we minimize the impact on surrounding tissues. We will use special instruments to gently elevate the tooth from the socket in order to remove your tooth and make an incision if necessary to better access the tooth. We may also need to section the tooth into smaller pieces for easier removal. We do our best to take the most conservative approach possible in every extraction to preserve your oral structures and return you to optimal dental health. Our dentist may use sutures to close the extraction site and our team will provide care instructions for the days following your procedure.
Recovery After a Tooth Extraction
It is extremely important to follow our instructions to help your extraction site heal in the days after your procedure. Do not spit, drink through a straw, or smoke until your extraction sites are healed. Engaging in these activities could cause dry socket, which is a painful condition that happens when the clot covering the bone is dislodged or disrupted. Cold compresses, over-the-counter pain medication, or prescription pain medication may help reduce pain and minimize any swelling in your jaw or face. Antibiotics may be prescribed to clear infection if your tooth was infected or abscessed. Care instructions will also be given for you to follow during your recovery.
Please call us right away if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, or other concerning issues. We will schedule a follow-up appointment with our dentist to check your progress and discuss replacement options for extracted teeth to ensure you maintain proper oral function and have a natural-looking, confident smile. It is still necessary to keep up with thorough brushing and flossing techniques at home after your tooth extraction and to maintain routine cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress.
Will Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Most commonly, simple and surgical exodontia and wisdom teeth removal procedures are covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. Any sedation services, if you need them, may be a personal expense. We will reach out to your provider and examine your covered benefits before your procedure begins. At Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, we want every patient to get quality care for their best smile, and so we offer several convenient payment options to help make dental care affordable. Also available are in-house financing plans and information about interest-free payment options.
Gentle Tooth Removal
In some cases, tooth extractions are the best treatment option for your oral health. Our dentist does everything possible to save natural teeth, but sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. You can rest assured that you are in good hands with our experienced and caring team at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress. If you have teeth that are infected, impacted, broken, or otherwise harming your smile, tooth extraction may be the best option to improve your comfort and health. Our full-service Houston, TX practice also offers natural-looking tooth replacement options to help you overcome tooth loss. For more information about simple and surgical tooth extractions, contact our friendly team and take the next step toward your best, healthiest smile.