Tooth Extraction Overview
Even though seasoned dentist Dr. Andrew Flipse makes every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is typically done for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out 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. Whatever the reason for getting an extraction at Implant & General Dentistry, our dental staff will give you the best treatment. Our Murfreesboro, TN office provides multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can stay calm and comfortable throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our office for more information or to schedule an exam with Dr. Flipse to improve your smile.
Tooth Extraction Candidates
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Flipse can make every attempt to fix it using a filling, bonding, or crown. However, a tooth that is too damaged may have to be removed to prevent the decay from spreading — and to conserve the health of the rest of the teeth. You may also require a dental extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow around ages 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might have to get extracted so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or contemplating Invisalign, then you might require a tooth extraction to make space for the remaining teeth when they move into their normal place.
Tooth Extraction Expectations
Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being removed. Different forms of sedation may be used based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental worries. Once you're prepared, Dr. Flipse will start the procedure. For a simple extraction, Dr. Flipse will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, the tooth may be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Flipse will close the incision in your gums. Dr. Flipse can also write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following the procedure in case you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the process is extended, or if you have some other special health problems.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
Based on the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have a responsible adult take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting. Your recovery will vary, depending on the complexity of your extraction; however, many patients prefer to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Flipse will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and how to care for your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure, therefore, Dr. Flipse suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. He can also give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. In addition to some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Implant & General Dentistry for dental exams and cleanings so Dr. Flipse can track your oral health following an extraction.
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we'll call your insurance company to determine your particular policy and estimate your expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then Dr. Flipse can speak with you about the numerous payments we accept and provide you with information about low-interest medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Whether you've got a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth does not have space for a tooth, a tooth extraction at Implant & General Dentistry will help improve your smile and oral health. Make a consultation with Dr. Flipse at our office in Murfreesboro, TN to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. When you've got dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation options to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your procedure.