Tooth Extractions Overview
Even though general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey makes every attempt to save and preserve your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth may need to be taken out. A simple extraction involves removing a tooth that's visible above the gums. This is generally done for a tooth that is significantly decayed or damaged to the point that it cannot be repaired. Meanwhile, a surgical extraction involves removing a tooth that hasn't erupted over the gums. Surgical extractions are frequently performed to take out impacted teeth (like the wisdom teeth) that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. Regardless of the reason for your extraction, our Finest City Dental team will give you the best treatment possible. Our San Diego, CA office provides multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which will allow you to stay comfortable throughout your appointment. Get in touch with our staff to find out more or to schedule an examination with Dr. Dovey.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth is damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Dovey will make every attempt to repair it using a crown, bonding, or filling. However, sometimes a tooth can be too far into decay and will require removal to prevent the infection from spreading and to conserve the health of the rest of your teeth. You might also require a simple or surgical extraction to remove a tooth (or teeth) that doesn't fit in your mouth. This most commonly involves your third molars, also called wisdom teeth, which typically grow in around ages 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might require extraction so that they don't obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or contemplating Invisalign, you might require a simple extraction to make space for the remaining teeth when they move into their new positions.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Dental extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being worked on. Different types of sedation could be used based on the degree of the extraction or to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental worries. When you're prepared, Dr. Dovey will start the procedure. For a simple extraction, Dr. Dovey will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction involves making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, the tooth will be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Dovey will suture the incision in your gums. He can write a prescription for antibiotics that need to be taken prior to and following the operation in the case that you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the process is lengthy, or if you have some other special health problems.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Based on the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have a friend or family member take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid smoking, spitting, and using straws. Your recovery will depend on the method of your tooth extraction; however, many patients want to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Dovey will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover. He will also tell you ways to take care of your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure, so Dr. Dovey may suggest over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses to relieve this. He also could give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Along with some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Finest City Dental for dental cleanings and exams so Dr. Dovey can monitor your oral health following your extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation options may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we'll call your insurance carrier to figure out your coverage and estimate your personal expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, Dr. Dovey can discuss the numerous payments we accept during your consultation. In addition, Finest City Dental can help you secure low-interest medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
When you have a tooth that's damaged, or if your mouth does not have space for a tooth, a tooth extraction at Finest City Dental can help to improve your oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dovey at his practice in San Diego, CA to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. When you have dental worries or fears, please ask about sedation methods we employ to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your appointment.