Tooth Extractions Overview
While Dieter Burr, D.M.D. makes every effort to rescue 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 generally used for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. A surgical extraction removes a tooth or teeth that have not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly used to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have enough room to fit into your smile. Regardless of the reason for needing a tooth extraction at Advanced Dental Care, our team will treat you with the best care. Our Cocoa, FL office offers different sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you remain comfortable during your procedure. Contact our team to find out more or to schedule an examination with Dr. Burr to enhance your oral health.
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Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, Dr. Burr will make every effort to repair it with a filling, bonding, or crown. Nevertheless, a tooth may be too far gone and will need to be extracted to avoid the infection from spreading and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You might also need a simple or surgical extraction to remove teeth that don't fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that develop around age 17 – 21 years old. 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 simple extraction to make room for your other teeth as they move into their correct position.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being worked on. Other types of sedation could be used, depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. When you are ready, Dr. Burr will begin the extraction. In a simple extraction, Dr. Burr will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction will start by Dr. Burr making incisions in your gums to get to the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Burr will suture the incision in the gums. Dr. Burr may prescribe antibiotics that need to be taken before and after the operation, depending on the situation. This is usually done if you have a current infection, your immune system is weak, the procedure will be lengthy, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Depending on the technique of sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have a friend or family member drive you home. While your mouth heals, you should avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting. Your recovery process will depend on the method of your tooth extraction, but most patients want to eat soft, cool foods for the first few days after the extraction. Dr. Burr will talk to you about what to expect during your recovery and ways to take care of your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction, so Dr. Burr recommends cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, Dr. Burr may write you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. Along with any suggested follow-up appointments, you should continue to schedule appointments at Advanced Dental Care for dental cleanings and exams so Dr. Burr can monitor your health after an extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance; however, different sedation methods may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance carrier to find out your specific coverage and estimate your personal costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Burr can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Simple and Surgical Extraction
When you have a tooth that is damaged or you don't have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at Advanced Dental Care can assist in improving your oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Burr at his office in Cocoa, FL to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. When you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation choices to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.
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