Tooth Extraction in Houston
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Tooth Extraction | Tooth Removal
A Tooth extraction, put simply, is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Dental extractions are most often performed because a tooth has sustained damage or decay, or cannot be saved by Root Canal treatment, or to prepare for the placement of a Dental Implant. Advanced gum disease may be another contributing factor in a tooth extraction.
Other reasons for a tooth extraction include making space in the mouth for braces or other orthodontic treatment, or in the case of pediatric patients, to allow room for adult teeth to grow. Our dentist will need to perform either a simple or surgical extraction. This may as well require a different procedure which then impacts the cost for tooth extraction When does a tooth removal become necessary? We will share some information with you to help you make a good decision
Types of Tooth Extraction?
- SIMPLE EXTRACTION: It involves using an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth. The dentist will then pull the tooth out using forceps. Most of the time, you just need an injection of local anesthetic, but you can also receive a sedative if you are particularly nervous. You will be awake throughout the entire procedure, but you will feel no pain . The dentist will usually use a simple extraction when the tooth is visible in the mouth. To be sure this is an appropriate method, the dentist will first take X-rays of your teeth and ask you about your medical history, including whether you are currently taking any medications.
SURGICAL EXTRACTION You need a surgical extraction if your tooth is broken off at the gum line or it has not yet erupted. Only some general dentists are qualified to carry out surgical extractions, along with all oral surgeons. The process involves cutting a small incision into your gum to access the tooth. Sometimes, it is also necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or cut the tooth into pieces to extract it. Although the procedure is more complex than a simple extraction, it is often possible to receive a surgical tooth extraction under local anesthetic. This may be administered through an injection or IV.
Tooth extraction procedure?
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Sectioning a tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dental Extractions
Determining the cost of a tooth extraction depends on a variety of factors, which can only be determined by a having a dental exam, Some of such factors include: the type of tooth (e.g. molar, incisor, wisdom tooth), and if the tooth is broken, fractured or impacted. The location of the tooth, gum health and previous procedures performed on that tooth can also affect the cost. Prior to your procedure, The dentist will review what treatment is needed, and our staff will provide you with information about any fees associated with the procedure, as well as options available to help make sure you receive the dental care you need in a way that fits into your budget.
If you have dental insurance, your coverage often includes preventative care including regular exams and x-rays. Depending on the kind of extraction required, simple or surgical your insurance may cover it fully or partially or may not cover it all. Usually, simple extraction is covered in the basics. It is important to stay up to date with your insurance coverage. Our staff is happy to review your coverage with you to ensure you are maximizing your insurance benefits while minimizing any out of pocket expenses.
Post-procedure care for Dental Extractions
It is very important for patients to follow the dentist’s post-procedure recovery instructions, which include avoiding smoking, chewing hard or tough foods, and strenuous physical activity for a period of time to allow the gums and jaw to heal.
If Nitrous Oxide or local anesthetic only was used during the extraction, you will be able to drive yourself home if you’d like. If a prescription sedative or anti-anxiety medication was used, you will need to have a friend drive you home. After an extraction, some pain and swelling can be expected for a while. Your dentist will tell you what you might expect, and also let you know when it may be a good idea to call the office to report if you are experiencing any problems beyond what is normally expected, such as bleeding or a dry socket.
Once the healing process is complete, people who have had tooth extractions can typically get right back to life as usual
Do you need a tooth Pulled?
During your consultation, you will receive a free Dental Exam and Consultation By one of Our Specialist Dentist who will assess you and also discuss your treatment plan with you. You will also receive a free Panoramic X-ray scan of your teeth, which gives the doctor a more in-depth look to develop a plan to give you the best results possible.
Pricing and Offers
Simple Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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