Tooth Extraction in Houston, Texas
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Though one of our primary goals as dentists is to maintain the health and integrity of your teeth and smile, sometimes preserving that oral health involves this more specific intervention. The extraction of a tooth may be required for a number of issues, including those situations when other treatment options are deemed ineffective. Whether through gum disease, trauma, or infection, a tooth may require removal in order to keep the surrounding teeth, gum, bone, and tissue healthy, and to keep your mouth feeling pain-free. In other words, for a tooth that is no longer viable, extraction becomes necessary.
Tooth extraction may also be the first step in dental treatment plans that involve dentures, dental bridges, dentures, and implants, for orthopedic treatment, or for pediatric intervention when overcrowding is a problem.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
We understand that the thought of a tooth extraction may be intimidating for many patients. Knowing what to expect beforehand and how to best prepare can minimize dental anxiety and lead to a more comfortable experience.
Preparation for Tooth Extraction
Prior to the procedure, our dental team will perform a thorough examination of the tooth and surrounding area. X-ray images of the tooth will help us determine the appropriate course of treatment and which type of extraction should be performed. Carefully considering the health of the tooth and the reason for extraction gives our team the information they need to make sure extraction goes smoothly and that any discomfort is minimized.
A Pain-Free Experience
After determining the most appropriate method for removal of your tooth, the dentist will recommend an anesthesia and/or sedation to administer for your procedure. When arriving at our dental offices for your appointment, the decided upon sedation will be provided. This step makes sure that you’re feeling at ease throughout the process and that the extraction of the tooth remains as pain-free as possible. Levels of sedation that may be considered include nitrous sedation (otherwise known as laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation. Each of these methods, if selected, is followed by a local anesthesia that’s injected into the gum surrounding the tooth.
Extracting the Tooth
Once you’ve been prepped, your dentist will carefully extract the tooth being treated. Depending on the technique that is used and condition of the tooth, the procedure may involve loosening the tooth, widening the socket, surgically removing adjoined gum, bone, or tissue, or simply using forceps to pull the tooth from its place in the bone. After extraction, your dentist may use sutures to close the extraction site. This will lessen any bleeding and can help to maximize healing. Following the procedure, you will be given time to recover if sedation was used and will be provided recovery guidelines to follow during the healing process.
[Image of extraction and placement of an implant the same day] procedure done by Dr. Garza
What are my options for tooth extraction?
Simple – A simple tooth extraction is the first of the two types of extraction that may be utilized for tooth removal. With this technique, your dentist will use forceps to remove the entire tooth, including its roots, from its socket in the jawbone. In order to perform this technique, the entire crown of the tooth must be above the gumline. Because of its simplicity, this method of tooth extraction typically requires only local anesthesia injected into the treatment area.
Surgical – Surgical tooth extraction is a more complex procedure that may be required for removal of a tooth that has not yet erupted, is partially erupted, or that is growing improperly. Teeth that are either completely or partially covered by soft tissue or bone may require this type of extraction. For this technique, your dentist will carefully assess the location of the tooth and its implications on surrounding teeth through the use of radiographic images. Surgical tooth extraction may involve separating any nearby bone or soft tissue that are connected to the tooth being treated.
Whether a simple or surgical procedure is performed will depend on the condition of your tooth and reason for extraction. A tooth that is physically damaged or cracked, for example, may require a surgical extraction in order to carefully remove all pieces of the tooth. An otherwise healthy tooth that requires removal due to overcrowding, on the other hand, may involve a simple extraction. A comprehensive consultation with our Champions Dental team will allow us to develop a plan that specifically considers your dental needs.
Champions Dental for Your Tooth Extraction Needs
At Champions Dental, we believe a healthy, radiant smile plays an essential role in overall health and confidence. With more than 15 years of experience and dedication to honing our expertise, we commit ourselves to providing premier dental services for our community. Using the most advanced treatment techniques and crafting individualized plans to optimize oral health, we offer our patients an unmatched level of comfort as we meet their dental needs.
Visit our team at Champions Dental today for a tooth extraction consultation or call to schedule your first appointment. Your beautiful smile awaits!
Yes, tooth extractions are covered by most insurance providers. However, the specifics of your plan will determine what percentage of the cost is covered and whether or not there is a copay or deductible to be met. Consulting your insurance carrier will provide the relevant insight into the details of your personal coverage and what to expect regarding cost of treatment.
Recovery time depends on the medical history of the patient and the complexity of the extraction performed. For example, for a patient with underlying health concerns such as diabetes and high blood pressure who takes blood thinners, the healing process would be prolonged. For a patient that underwent a more difficult procedure that involved removal of adjacent bone, more post op discomfort can be expected. I typically tell patients that the gums heal after three weeks and the bone remodels after 90 days.
Though sedation and anesthesia are typically utilized to minimize pain and discomfort, tooth extractions may be painful for a patient that has a more difficult medical history. For individuals who suffer from underlying health concerns or face a complicated extraction, the healing process may be longer.
In order to prevent infections, it’s important to follow all post op instructions provided by your dentist. Though all patients heal differently, it’s up to the patient to make sure healing is not disrupted. Prioritize good oral hygiene while the wound is healing and refrain from smoking or eating anything that could cause harm to the healing process.
Out-of-pocket costs for tooth extractions will vary depending on the type of extraction. The procedure may be simple or surgical, and might involve soft tissue impaction, partial bony impaction, or full bony impaction. The cost, dependent on these factors, may range from $200-$450.
Immediately following tooth extraction, it’s important to stick to a liquid and soft foods diet and to avoid drinking through a straw. After the procedure, our dental team will provide you with recovery guidelines to follow, including types of foods to avoid.
Possible complications of a tooth extraction may include dry socket, abscess, infection, pain, swelling, fever, partial numbness, and permanent numbness. In order to minimize these risks, we make sure to provide a thorough assessment of the condition of your tooth and the surrounding area prior to treatment.