About Tooth Extractions
Although the skilled dental professionals at MINT dentistry focus on saving and preserving your natural teeth, you may still need a dental extraction. Simple extractions remove a tooth that has erupted from the gums. Simple extractions are usually used for a decayed or damaged tooth that cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction removes one or more teeth that are still below the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly used to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that cannot fit comfortably into your smile. Whatever the reason is for a tooth extraction, MINT dentistry's team will give you the care you need. MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX offers multiple sedation methods, such as oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide gas, so you remain relaxed throughout your procedure. Contact our team to get more information or to schedule a consultation and oral exam to help us decide if you need an extraction using either the simple or surgical technique.
If your tooth or teeth have been damaged or broken, your dentist will first try to fix it with a crown, dental bonding, or filling. However, if these treatments cannot successfully save the tooth, the tooth may need to be extracted. You may also need a dental extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that do not have enough space to fit correctly in your smile. This is why most people need an extraction for their third molars, popularly known as wisdom teeth, that begin to erupt from the gumline in the late teen years. At a certain point, baby teeth can be extracted if they haven't fallen out on their own so they don't block the permanent teeth. Before you get an orthodontic treatment, like traditional metal braces or Invisalign®, an extraction may be needed to make space as they move into their proper position.
What to Expect
Extractions are performed in our state-of-the-art practice under anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Any additional sedation will depend on the extent of the procedure and whether you have any dental anxieties. Before the procedure is initiated, you will be allowed a few moments to relax in a massaging treatment chair within the procedure room. As soon as you are prepped, we will start the extraction. For a simple extraction, one of our highly qualified dentists will use advanced techniques and cutting-edge tools to gently remove the tooth. A surgical extraction will start when your dentist makes an incision through your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth may be broken into several pieces, which will make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is extracted, we will close the incision.
Based on the type of sedation used for your extraction, you might need to be picked up by a responsible friend or family member. Our team will provide you with specific instructions to keep you comfortable during your recovery. The instructions will vary, depending on the complexity of your extraction treatment plan; however, most patients prefer to eat a liquid or soft food diet for the first few days after the extraction. Your mouth may be swollen after the extraction, which can be treated with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, we may write you a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication. Along with any recommended appointments for checkups, you should continue to schedule cleanings at least twice a year at our office in Lake Worth, TX so we can help maintain the health of your teeth.
The MINT Commitment
A tooth extraction is generally covered partially if you have dental insurance, but different sedation methods may or may not be fully covered. Once we have created your extraction treatment plan, we will reach out to your insurance company to determine your specific coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have insurance, our team can explain how to better afford your treatment with the MINT Discount Plan, low-interest financing, and taking many methods of payment. Speak with a member of the MINT dentistry team to get more information.
If your tooth is damaged or you don't have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction by a board-certified MINT dentistry professional can improve your oral health and smile. Schedule an exam and consultation with a member of the MINT dentistry team at our state-of-the-art facility in Lake Worth, TX to get more information on dental extractions, both simple and surgical. We also offer sedation dentistry if you have dental fears or anxieties to help you remain calm during your extraction.