About Tooth Extractions
In some cases, a problematic tooth must be removed through tooth extraction. This can be a tooth that is the source of extreme pain, discomfort, as well as infected. When a tooth is so damaged that it is failing, DFW cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Staffel, can be of assistance. He can perform a simple or surgical extraction to safely remove a bothersome tooth with the aid of the Isolite system for comfortable dentistry. With a simple extraction, Dr. Staffel will remove a tooth that’s visible above the gum line, where as a surgical extraction is used for a tooth that’s not yet visible above the gum line. Teeth are often extracted because of an accident, trauma, looseness, or the eruption of a wisdom tooth.
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What to Expect
When a simple extraction is performed, the dentist usually administers a local anesthetic to numb the gums before the dentist gently loosens and removes the full tooth from the jawbone with forceps. The dentist will carefully separate the tooth from the gum tissue and ligaments before the socket is thoroughly cleaned and closed. For a surgical extraction, a patient may receive local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort. To remove the tooth, the dentist must surgically cut through the gums and bone with special tools. Sometimes, the dentist must cut the tooth into pieces for an easier extraction. After the tooth is removed, the socket will be cleaned and stitched closed to prevent infection and to promote healing.
After either type of extraction, a blood clot usually forms in the socket of the removed tooth. As a patient heals, he or she should keep the clot clean and watch for any signs of infection. If there’s any discomfort after an extraction, the dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain medication or may prescribe a painkiller. Patients normally will have to stick to a soft food or liquid diet for at least one day after the extraction. In addition, patients should be careful when brushing their teeth to help the socket heal and to avoid disrupting the formed blood clot. The gums and bone usually begin to heal 1 – 2 weeks after the extraction, but it can take a full 6 months before the mouth is completely healed.
If the extraction is considered a medical necessity, most, or at least part, of the cost should be covered by dental insurance. The coverage may vary based on whether it is a simple or surgical extraction. It is important to contact the insurance carrier to confirm the patient's benefits and any out-of-pocket costs that may apply. Our office offers financing plans and we accept several payment options.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Days
- How Long It Takes
- 1 hour per tooth
Remove and Restore
Our talented dentist and staff is here to provide tooth extractions whenever the need arises. Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or you need an emergency extraction after a trauma or injury, please contact our office to learn more about your options, such as simple or surgical extractions. We are here to improve your health and get you back to your normal routine. Give us a call today.