About Tooth Extractions
Although the board-certified doctors of MINT dentistry make every effort to save and preserve your natural teeth, you may still need a dental extraction. A simple extraction removes a tooth that has erupted from the gums. Simple extractions are generally performed for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. Surgical extractions remove one or more teeth that have not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are often used to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that cannot fit comfortably in your smile. No matter the reason for a tooth extraction, MINT dentistry's experienced team will give you professional care. MINT dentistry in Humble, TX offers different sedation methods, such as oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide gas, so you remain relaxed throughout your procedure. Contact MINT dentistry in Humble, TX to get more information or to schedule a consultation and oral exam that will help us decide if you need an extraction using either the simple or surgical technique.
If a tooth has been damaged or broken, we will first try to repair it with treatments, like a filling or crown. However, if these treatments cannot successfully save the tooth, the tooth may need to be extracted. You may also need a dental extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that do not have enough space to fit correctly in your smile. This includes your third molars, popularly known as wisdom teeth, that begin to erupt from the gumline in the late teen years. At a certain point, baby teeth that have not fallen out on their own may need to be pulled so the permanent teeth can erupt. Before you get an orthodontic treatment (for example, Invisalign® or braces), an extraction may be needed to create room for others as they as the treatment aligns your bite.
What to Expect
Tooth extractions are performed in our advanced facility with anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Any additional sedation will depend on the complexity of your treatment plan and to alleviate any anxiety. Before the procedure begins, we will give you time to relax in a massaging treatment chair in the procedure room. When you are ready, we will start the procedure. In a simple extraction, your dentist will use advanced tools and techniques to carefully remove the tooth or teeth. Surgical extractions will begin when your dentist makes incisions through your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, your dentist will break the tooth into several pieces, which will make it easier to remove. Once the tooth or teeth are removed, we will close the incision in your gums.
Depending on the method of sedation used during your extraction, you might need to ask a responsible adult to pick you up and take you home. A MINT dentistry professional will provide you with aftercare instructions to speed your recovery. The instructions will vary, depending on the complexity of your dental extraction; however, most patients prefer to eat soft, cool food for the first few days. Your mouth may be swollen after the extraction so we recommend cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. When appropriate, we may write you a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication. Along with any suggested follow-up appointments, you should continue to schedule dental exams and cleanings at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX so we can monitor your oral health after an extraction.
The MINT Commitment
A simple or surgical extraction is usually covered in part by dental insurance; however, different sedation methods may or may not be fully covered. After your consultation, our team will speak to your insurance provider to understand your coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have insurance, our team can explain how to better afford your care with our MINT Discount Plan, low-interest medical financing, and accepting several payment methods. Ask a member of the MINT dentistry team to get information.
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or there's not enough room in your bite for another tooth, a dental extraction by a board-certified MINT dentistry professional can improve your oral health and smile. Schedule an appointment at our modern practice in Humble, TX to learn more about surgical and simple dental extractions for one or more teeth. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation options to help keep you calm throughout your appointment.