Safe & Comfortable Every Time
At Wayne Family Dentistry, our primary goal is to help our patients maintain their natural teeth for as long as possible. However, in certain situations, the most helpful thing we can do for someone’s overall health is simply remove a problem tooth. A tooth extraction can often cause a patient to feel quite a bit of anxiety, but at our practice, it’s nothing to fear. For this procedure, our team always uses a gentle touch and plenty of local anesthetic to ensure our patients’ comfort from beginning to end. And, if requested, we can help someone relax even more with our sedation options.
Why Would I Need an Extraction?
Typically, an extraction is used as a last resort after we have exhausted all other options to save a tooth. We may recommend an extraction if:
- A tooth is so decayed that it cannot be repaired with a crown or filling
- A tooth is broken to the point that it cannot be put back together
- Room needs to be created in the mouth for a new denture/upcoming orthodontic treatment
- A baby tooth refuses to fall out naturally/is blocking the path of an incoming adult tooth
- A tooth has become impacted (stuck), painful, or infected (this is usually the case with the wisdom teeth)
Different Types of Extractions
We’re able to provide two distinct kinds of extractions: simple and surgical.
A simple extraction is used to remove a tooth that has already erupted. For this procedure, we simply numb a patient, hold the tooth with dental forceps, and then gently rock it back and forth until it slips out on its own. We never actually “pull” teeth here! Thanks to this approach, most patients don’t even feel it when their tooth comes out!
A surgical extraction is necessary if a tooth is still located within the gum line or jawbone. This often happens with the wisdom teeth, as most people don’t have enough room in their mouths to fit them, so they can become stuck while trying to come in. We start by numbing a patient, and then we make a small incision in the gums so we can reach the tooth. We’ll remove any bone that may be holding it, and then we’re able to actually extract the tooth. At this point, we’ll close the gums with self-dissolving stitches.
What Is It Like After An Extraction?
Some slight swelling, soreness, and bleeding are normal right after an extraction, but any discomfort should be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. Your dentist will advise that you change your dressings regularly and take it easy for a few days so your gums can properly clot. If necessary, we can help a patient replace their removed tooth as soon as they are healed using a variety of options. We’re able to provide custom-made bridges, dentures, and even dental implant restorations. We will discuss all of these options with a patient beforehand so there isn’t any delay in treatment.
What to Remember
Thanks to modern-day dentistry, extractions are often avoidable, but when they aren’t, they are virtually painless. At Wayne Family Dentistry, we keep our patients’ comfort a top priority at all times, so should you or your child ever need an extraction, you can trust that you’ll always be in good hands with our team.
To learn more about extractions or schedule your next appointment, contact us today.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Although the thought of having a tooth extracted may not spark feelings of excitement, it may be just what you need to restore your oral health. Naturally, many patients have lots of questions before their procedure, which is why we have answered a few of the most frequently asked ones below. However, if you can’t find the answer to your question, feel free to contact our office so our fantastic staff can help!
What Should I Know About Dental Extraction Aftercare?
As mentioned above, swelling, soreness, and bleeding are all completely normal right after your extraction. To ensure optimal healing, it’s crucial to follow a few best practices that won’t irritate the wound. A great place to start is by sticking with soft foods, like yogurt and soup. Just be mindful of the temperature since hot items can lead to discomfort. Additionally, make sure to avoid spitting, using a straw, and touching the extraction site with your tongue or finger. Instead, focus on resting and following your aftercare instructions to a tee.
Can I Leave the Space Empty?
Initially, leaving the new gap in your mouth empty may seem like the easiest option following your extraction. Unfortunately, doing so can lead to unintended consequences, like changes to your facial structure, shifting of adjacent teeth, and the inability to chew properly. Since each of these consequences can hinder your general and oral health (as well as your self-esteem), it’s best to replace your missing tooth as soon as our dentists at Wayne Family Dentistry recommend doing so.
Can Patients Smoke After Teeth Extractions?
The use of tobacco products is absolutely prohibited following your extraction. Not only can it cause a painful dry socket, but it can also significantly hinder your mouth’s ability to heal. Plus, high blood pressure, dizziness, and an increased risk of infection are all associated with smoking following the procedure. Therefore, for the sake of your oral and overall health, it’s best to put a plan in place to quit beforehand.
Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of My Tooth Extraction?
Since the details of dental plans vary from person to person, the answer to this question varies as well. However, across the board, there are a few factors that your dental insurance provider will consider, like why the tooth in question needs to be extracted. Fortunately, you can easily find out the details of your coverage by contacting your carrier directly. Otherwise, we’d be happy to file a claim on your behalf to maximize your benefits and make your out-of-pocket expenses as minimal as possible.