what is tooth extraction?
When it comes to tooth extraction, it is usually the last option on the list if we at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help it. However, sometimes an extraction may be necessary in order to save your smile. A simple extraction removes a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is generally used for a tooth that's damaged or decayed and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that hasn't erupted above the gums. Surgical extractions are most commonly performed to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason, our team will give you the best treatment. Our Hamburg, PA office provides multiple sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can remain calm and comfortable throughout your procedure. Get in touch with our team to learn more.
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what are the benefits of a tooth removal?
If you have a tooth that has been damaged or broken from decay and efforts to repair it have already been discussed as something that is unable to help, having it removed by our team at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Hamburg, PA could be the best option to maintain the health of the remaining teeth. You could also require a dental extraction to remove teeth that can't fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, which grow around age 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't fallen out naturally may have to get pulled so they don't block the permanent teeth. If you are getting braces or contemplating Invisalign® orthodontics, you may need an extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper place.
What should I expect during tooth removal?
Preparing for a tooth extraction is just as easy as the procedure. Local anesthesia is used and different forms of sedation can be used, depending on the type of extraction, to help you stay relaxed. For a simple extraction procedure in our Hamburg, PA office, we will loosen the tooth using a special device called an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction involves making incisions in your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so that it can be removed. Once the tooth has been removed, we will stitch the incision in your gums. We may prescribe antibiotics to be taken prior to and after the operation in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is lengthy, or if you have other specific health problems. Contact our team at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to get your issue handled promptly.
what is recovery from tooth extraction like?
It is highly recommended that you have a trusted family member or friend drive you home after your procedure. As your gums are healing, you should avoid smoking, using straws, and spitting. Recovery from getting your tooth pulled is unique to your situation, but most patients prefer to eat soft, cool food for at least a few days after the procedure. A member of our dental team at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will talk to you about what to expect as you recover and how to care for your mouth. Your mouth will be inflamed after the procedure so a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication could assist. In some cases, we may give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Besides any proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule appointments at our Hamburg, PA office for dental examinations and cleanings so we can closely monitor your health after an extraction.
will dental insurance cover a tooth removal?
Dental insurance coverage for a tooth extraction may vary. While it is common for insurance to cover the extraction, some sedation options may only be partially covered. Before your extraction, we'll contact your insurance provider to figure out your specific coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, we offer many low-interest payment methods and CareCredit® medical financing. Contact us at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Hamburg, PA to learn more.
Simple and Surgical Extractions
Improving your oral health could be possible with a tooth extraction conducted at Theodore E Dando DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for broken or damaged teeth. Our dental team assists in improving your oral health and smile. Make an appointment with us to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation choices to help you stay relaxed and calm during your procedure.