Our team at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX work hard to provide the best oral solutions to optimize your dental health and overall wellness. Sometimes, this may involve removing a tooth that has become impacted, decayed, or damaged beyond repair. You may also have a tooth removed to benefit an orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign®, to make room for a more properly aligned smile. Although we do everything in our power to save your natural teeth, there are situations in which tooth extraction is regarded as the best option. At our esteemed dental facility, we perform tooth extractions of all kinds with care. These include the extraction of simple teeth, impacted teeth, and wisdom teeth. To help ease you before and during your procedure, we offer a range of sedation options that can make your experience more calming and comforting. If you're suffering from tooth and jaw pain, considering orthodontics, or have endured an oral trauma, contact our Pearland, TX office and speak with a member of our team.
Simple Vs. Surgical Extraction
Depending on the type of tooth being removed and the circumstance for removal, tooth extraction can be a simple or surgical procedure. Simple tooth extraction is typically employed when a tooth that has erupted beyond the gumline is being removed. A surgical extraction will be implemented for teeth that have not yet erupted, teeth that are impacted within the gums or jawbone (as is the case for wisdom teeth), ones that have been broken at the gumline, or ones that are difficult to remove with nonsurgical means alone. Regardless of your unique situation, our experienced team will take special care to ensure that your comfort is achieved.
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If you have a decayed, broken, worn, cracked, abscessed, or otherwise damaged tooth that cannot be saved with a restoration, such as a brown or filling, then you may be a candidate for tooth extraction. Our experienced dental team at Made Ya Smile will go to great links to preserve your natural teeth, but there are times when the removal of a damaged tooth is better for one's overall health. Additionally, children, teens, and adults seeking orthodontics may require a simple tooth extraction to create needed space in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. You could also be a candidate for a tooth extraction if you have an impacted tooth that has yet to erupt or if your wisdom teeth have come in. These situations will need to be addressed with a surgical tooth removal procedure. Our Pearland, TX team who have years of experience in tooth removal will take great care to make sure that you are comfortable during the course of your treatment.
What To Expect
Prior to your treatment, one of our dentists will numb the area where the extraction will take place. We can also administer a form of sedation if you're experiencing worry or anxiety, such as oral-conscious sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Once your teeth, gums, and jaw are completely numb, we will begin the tooth removal process. Our skilled team performs extractions with a level of delicacy and diligence, making sure to avoid any surrounding teeth or tissue. We will then use an instrument to carefully complete the extraction. For surgical tooth removal, an incision will need to be made in the gums for our dentist to retrieve the tooth. The method of removal will depend on the tooth in question as well as which technique would be best for your dental wellness. Once the impacted or wisdom tooth is removes, we will stitch the incision closed and rinse your mouth. A member of our Pearland, TX team will provide you with after-care instructions so your mouth heals healthily.
After tooth extraction, whether simple or surgical, the recovery period that follows will be vital to your oral health. You may be given antibiotics if the removed tooth was infected or abscessed to address any leftover bacteria. If you experience discomfort following your treatment, this can be improved with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. Following a tooth extraction of any kind, it's crucial to avoid drinking out of a straw, smoking, or spitting as the area is still healing. Performing any of these actions could cause the clot that forms over the bone to become displaced, a condition called dry socket.
It's normal to experience swelling in the face or jaw following this procedure, but this can be relieved with cold compresses. If any severe symptoms emerge, such as uncontrolled bleeding, severe pain, or other symptoms, we advise you to get in touch with our Pearland, TX office as soon as possible so we can monitor your condition and address the issue. Following your treatment, it will be important to continue to take care of your teeth with regular flossing and brushing. A member of our team will give you detailed instructions for post-op maintenance of your extraction sites.
Most dental insurance plans typically cover the cost of tooth extractions, regardless of whether or not they're simple or surgical. However, the sedation used during your procedure may not be covered by your plan. To determine your costs and coverage, we will get in touch with your provider and get you the most out of your benefits. Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX proudly offers patients access to our own in-house financing system for those without insurance or with remaining costs. We can also supply you with information about CareCredit®, which is a trusted third-party medical financing option.
Simple & Surgical Extractions
Tooth extraction is a more common treatment than most patients realize. Whether you're having a tooth removed to make room for orthodontics or having your wisdom teeth taken out, there are many situations in which having a tooth taken out can substantially improve your oral health. If you think your wisdom teeth may be coming in, or if you're suffering from tooth pain or considering orthodontics, contact Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX and schedule your appointment with one of our leading dentists. Our team will be more than happy to discuss your dental options for a range of needs and concerns.