What Are Tooth Extractions?
Helping you and your family enjoy the healthiest smiles possible is something we strive to do each day. General dentists Dr. Peter Nishino and our team work to provide the most conservative approach to care, but some oral conditions are best treated with a tooth extraction. Dr. Nishino may recommend extracting teeth that are extensively decayed, impacted in the tooth or gum, broken at the gumline, or otherwise no longer supporting a healthy smile. For some patients, we may recommend tooth extractions to aid in the orthodontic movement of the teeth or remove baby teeth to create the space necessary for adult teeth to properly erupt.
As a skilled general dentist, Dr. Nishino offers both simple and surgical extractions from our modern Friendswood, TX facility and may partner with an oral surgical specialist to ensure all of your family's oral health needs are fully met. Regardless of the reason for tooth extraction, we always put your comfort first and offer sedation dentistry options to make your extraction visit relaxing and stress-free. When you or your family members have tooth extraction needs, partner with a general dentist who is experienced, skilled, and compassionate. Contact Made Ya Smile Dental for more information on our simple and surgical tooth extraction services.
Simple Vs. Surgical Extractions
At our comprehensive family dental practice, Dr. Nishino performs both simple and surgical tooth extractions to meet the varying needs of patients. Simple surgical extractions are used to remove a tooth that is fully erupted into the mouth and that can be extracted easily using forceps and without extensive or surgical care. Teeth that are more difficult to remove, such as those that are impacted in the bone or gum tissues or broken at the gumline, may require a surgical extraction approach. To access these teeth, we generally need to make an incision in the gums or section the tooth into smaller pieces to remove. Regardless of the type of tooth extraction you may need, Dr. Nishino always takes the most conservative, gentle approach possible to cause the least amount of impact to surrounding tissues.
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What Are the Benefits of A Tooth Extraction?
While many of our patients may wish to postpone or avoid their tooth extractions, this treatment has several oral health benefits. Some of the most common benefits include:
- Prevents damage and decay of healthy adjacent teeth
- Multiple implant options to replace beauty and function from an extracted tooth
- Relatively quick procedure that happens in our office
- Offers numbing and local anesthetic to keep you as comfortable as possible
Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed for more space or you need a damaged tooth removed for a restorative dental procedure, tooth extractions at our Friendswood, TX office are a safe and effective way to maintain optimal oral health.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
Patients of all ages may benefit from tooth extractions, depending upon individual needs. As an experienced general dentist with a wide range of skills, Dr. Nishino makes every attempt to save damaged, worn, infected, decayed, broken, or cracked teeth with fillings, crowns, and additional types of restorative care. When teeth are beyond repair or impacted in the gum and bone, however, a tooth extraction may be the only way to save your oral health. Young adults and teen patients often require wisdom teeth removal to preserve their oral health and protect the teeth and jaw from damage. Younger patients preparing for orthodontic treatment may need to have premolar (bicuspid) teeth removed to make adequate space for the jaw to develop properly and permanent teeth to erupt. Teeth affected by advanced bone loss due to gum disease and those with irreparable endodontic infections may also be better off removed from the mouth. If you think you or a loved one may need a tooth extraction, a consultation with Dr. Nishino can help you learn more about your options for care.
What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?
At Made Ya Smile Dental, making patients feel comfortable and at ease is something we always strive for, even if you are visiting us for a tooth extraction. Sedation dentistry can also be a part of your care if you are anxious about the process of having a tooth removed. When you arrive for your visit, Dr. Nishino will numb your teeth, gums, bone, and nerves thoroughly and make sure you are completely comfortable before he begins. He takes special care to preserve surrounding teeth, gums, and bone and uses the most gentle approach possible. Instruments designed to elevate and remove a tooth from its socket will be used during your procedure. In some instances, we may need to make an incision in the gums to access and section a tooth to efficiently remove it from the bone. Dr. Nishino will then suture the areas closed and rinse the site. Our team will be sure to provide you with special instructions on how to promote healing in your jaw and care for your mouth as you recover.
Recovery After a Tooth Extraction
After your extraction, it is best to avoid eating until you no longer feel numb. Teeth that are extracted due to abscesses may require you to take prescription antibiotics to help treat an oral infection. Dr. Nishino may also give you a prescription for pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help keep you as comfortable as possible while you recover from your oral surgery. Cold compresses or ice packs against the jaw or face can also help to control any swelling. Please contact us immediately if you have unusual pain, bleeding, or other symptoms concerning your extraction sites.
In the days immediately after your tooth extraction procedure, we urge you to follow our post-op instructions closely to experience the most favorable healing process. You should avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, and spitting during the recovery phase as this could cause the clot in your extraction site to loosen and cause a condition known as dry socket. Our team will schedule a follow-up visit for you with Dr. Nishino so that he can check your extraction sites and ensure proper healing. We can also talk about your treatment options for replacing teeth after extractions to restore your function and smile aesthetics. Keeping up with good home care and routine dental cleaning visits is also important to maintaining good oral health after having a tooth or teeth extracted.
Will Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Made Ya Smile Dental in Friendswood, TX is a participating provider with most major PPO dental plans and will contact your insurance company to learn your coverage benefits for simple and surgical exodontia (tooth extractions). If you do not carry dental insurance, talk to our team about our special in-house savings plan. Our practice is also pleased to accept several convenient payment options and can provide information on low- or no-interest financing plans through CareCredit®. Regardless of your treatment needs, we will work to help you find a solution that meets your needs and fits within your budget.
Tooth Extractions FAQ
What can I eat and drink after tooth removal?
You should stick to a soft food nad liquid diet after dental removal. It will help keep you comfortable until inttial soreness fades. You shouldn't use straws, as the sucking motion may pull out stitches and cause bleeding.
Do tooth extractions hurt?
It's our goal to make you as comfortable as we can. We offer sedation, and carefully removing the tooth. This helps you to experience minimal discomfort, if any. Schedule an appointment with our team to learn more about wisdom toth extractions.
How long does recovery take?
It can take anywhere from two weeks to a month. It will depend on how many teeth were removed and where they were located.
Gentle Tooth Removal
Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to improve the overall health and wellness of your smile. Teeth that are decayed, impacted, infected, broken, or are otherwise interfering with your smile and may be better off removed. At Made Ya Smile Dental, Dr. Nishino and our team understand the emotional impact of losing a tooth and are here to help address your extraction needs and restore your appearance and oral function after tooth loss. If you or a family member need to have a tooth removed, please contact our Friendswood, TX team today. We offer a caring, gentle approach and will always put your comfort and safety first.