Tooth Extractions Overview
While our board-certified Dental Health team makes every effort to save and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. This is typically used for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly done to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have enough room to fit into your smile. Whatever the reason for getting a tooth extraction at Dental Health, our team will treat you with the best care. Our Brattleboro, VT office offers different sedation techniques like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, and that means you can remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. Contact our team for more information or to schedule an exam with our Dental Health team to improve your oral health.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, our Dental Health team will make every effort to repair it with a bonding, crown, or filling. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will need to be extracted to prevent the decay from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You may also need a dental extraction to remove teeth, that cannot fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be pulled so they don't block the permanent teeth. If you are getting braces or considering Invisalign, you may need a tooth extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper position.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being removed. Other forms of sedation may be used depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. Once you are ready, a member of our team will begin the procedure. For a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction involves making incisions in your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, we will close the incision in the gums. Our Dental Health team may prescribe antibiotics to be taken before and after the procedure — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is extended, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Depending on the sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have a responsible adult drive you home. While your mouth heals, you should avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Your recovery process will vary depending on the complexity of your extraction, but most patients prefer to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the extraction. The Dental Health team will talk to you about what to expect during your recovery and how to care for your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction, so our team recommends cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, the Dental Health team may write you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. In addition to any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Dental Health for dental exams and cleanings so our team can monitor your oral health after an extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance company to determine your specific coverage and estimate your costs. If you don't have dental insurance, our staff can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth doesn't have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at Dental Health can help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule an appointment with our team at our office in Brattleboro, VT to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation options to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.