Tooth Extractions Overview
While the team at Made Ya Smile Dental assesses every available option to save your natural teeth, sometimes the only way to preserve your oral health is with a tooth extraction. Dr. Jireh Yue may recommend a tooth extraction if the teeth are severely decayed, broken beyond repair, or impacted to produce the best results. We may also suggest an extraction to remove baby teeth that do not exfoliate, or fall out, on their own, or as part of your orthodontic treatment plan. At our clinic, we hope to help patients at every stage of life achieve the smile they want, which is why we offer simple and surgical tooth extractions at our facility in Houston, TX. Made Ya Smile Dental provides easy sedation options and a gentle approach throughout your treatment, even if you have to lose a tooth. If you have questions or concerns about this procedure, or to schedule a consultation, reach out to our caring team today.
Simple Vs. Surgical Extraction
Based on your initial consultation and condition of your teeth, tooth extractions can be simple or surgical. Once a tooth fully erupts, it's easily removed by Dr. Yue or one of our professionals with a set of forceps through a simple tooth extraction. For teeth that are broken at the gumline, or if you have unerupted or impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, surgical extractions are required. Made Ya Smile Dental will access the teeth through an incision in the gum tissue. We may remove the tooth in smaller sections or all at once. You should know that our staff is committed to your safety and comfort, taking every necessary precaution to make sure your care is as efficient as possible.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
The expert team at Made Ya Smile Dental will make every effort to save teeth that are broken, cracked, worn down, or abscessed. Before recommending an extraction, we may try other avenues of treatment first, such as dental restorations, bridges, crowns, and more. However, there are some cases where a damaged tooth may be better off removed to restore your oral health. For instance, if you have severe bone loss due to advanced gum disease, an extraction can help improve your smile. Children who preparing for orthodontic treatment may need baby teeth or premolar teeth removed to create more space for tooth eruption. Adolescents and young adults that lack space in their mouth due to wisdom teeth may also benefit from an extraction. Dr. Yue and his team have had years of experience extracting problematic teeth. We can determine the best course of treatment and whether you require a simple or surgical extraction.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
During your extraction visit, Dr. Yue and his staff will numb the area to make sure you have the most comfortable experience possible. We also offer easy sedation options such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation to help you relax. Once you are numb, Made Ya Smile Dental will begin your procedure, taking a conservative approach to preserve your remaining teeth and surrounding gums. Using state-of-the-art advanced dental tools, we will remove the tooth from the bone socket. For a surgical extraction, we will first make an incision in the gums for better access to the tooth. We may need to section the tooth into separate pieces if we believe this approach is best. After the procedure, we will take special care in suturing and rinsing the area. Dr. Yue or another member of our team will offer instructions about taking care of the extraction sites at home while it heals.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
The recovery phase is critical to your healing process, which is why it's essential to follow our aftercare instructions. If your tooth was infected or abscessed, Dr. Yue may prescribe antibiotics after your procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers can minimize discomfort as you heal over the next couple of weeks. A cold compress can help relieve issues such as swelling in the face or jaw. It's very important to avoid spitting, drinking through a straw, or smoking, while the site heals. This could lead to a dry socket, a condition where the clot forming over the bone is dislodged. If you have concerning symptoms such as uncontrolled bleeding or severe pain, call our clinic right away. Our friendly staff will schedule a follow-up with Dr. Yue so we can examine the tissue. Continue to visit Made Ya Smile Dental for routine exams and cleaning appointments so we can discuss options for replacing the tooth for a more complete smile.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
Most dental insurance providers offer coverage, at least in part, for simple and surgical tooth extractions. However, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for a sedation service. Made Ya Smile Dental will determine your anticipated amounts by calling your insurer before we begin any treatment. To help you have access to the care you need at a convenient cost, we accept many options for payment and provide you with information on patient financing with CareCredit®.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Made Ya Smile Dental cares about helping you achieve a healthy, happy smile for life. Dr. Yue and his trusted team use simple and surgical extractions to improve your oral health. If you are suffering from severely damaged, decayed, broken, or impacted teeth, our team is ready to help. As a one-stop-shop facility, we also provide you with effective tooth replacement options to keep your smile seamless. To learn more about our gentle tooth extractions, contact our practice in Houston, Texas.