Tooth Extractions Overview
Even though our skilled dental team makes every attempt to conserve and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is normally done for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that hasn't erupted over the gums. Surgical extractions are frequently performed to take out impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for needing extraction at Newton Centre Dental, our staff will give you the best treatment. Our Newton, MA office provides multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can stay comfortable and calm throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our staff to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Levitt to improve your oral health.
At one time, a patient may have to wait until their extraction site was completely healed before beginning their dental implant journey. But with the help of a skilled staff and advancements in the industry, Newton Centre Dental can place dental implants immediately following an extraction. Immediate implant placement produces favorable results and eliminates the need for a second surgery later down the line. If you are scheduled for an extraction, ask a member of our team about the potential for immediate implant placement.
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Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, a member of our team will make every attempt to fix it using bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, a tooth might be too far into decay and will have to be removed to prevent the damage from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the rest of the teeth. You could also require extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that will not properly fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, known as the wisdom teeth, which grow around age 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might have to be extracted so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're scheduled to begin orthodontic care, you might require an extraction to make space for the remaining teeth to move into place.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being treated. Different kinds of sedation might be used based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental worries. As soon as you're prepared, a member of our dental team will start the procedure. To complete a simple extraction, we will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to access the tooth. If necessary, the tooth might be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out easily. When the tooth has been removed, we will stitch the incision in your gums. We may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following the procedure — this is typically the case if you have an active illness, your immune system is compromised, or if you have some other special health concern.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Based on the anesthesia used during the extraction, you may need to have an adult take you home. As your gums heal, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery will vary based on the extent of your dental extraction; however, many patients choose to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. One of our dentists will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and the best ways to look after your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure; therefore, our team suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Sometimes, we will give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Besides some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Newton Centre Dental for dental examinations and cleanings so our team can track your dental health following an extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we'll call your insurance provider to obtain your benefits and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, we can speak with you about the numerous payments we take together with information about low-interest medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a decayed or damaged tooth or your mouth does not have space for an incoming tooth, a tooth extraction in Newton Centre Dental will help improve your oral health and smile. Schedule a consultation with our team at our office in Newton, MA to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you suffer from dental phobias, inquire about our sedation dentistry options to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your process.