There are many reasons for a tooth extraction, such as tooth decay, injury to the tooth, crowding, or impacted teeth. At Whole Dental Wellness, we care about your total health and understand that an adverse condition of your teeth and gum can have a negative effect on your overall physical wellbeing. When you need a tooth extraction, consult with our Birmingham dentists and let Whole Dental Wellness stop your pain and get you back to smiling and enjoying your life.
At Whole Dental Birmingham tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure to remove teeth.
There are two types of tooth extractions, non-surgical and surgical. When a tooth is visible above the surface of the gums, this is considered a simple or non-surgical extraction. A broken tooth or teeth that are impacted below the gumline requires a surgical tooth extraction procedure.
There may be extensive pre-procedural instructions to adhere to before your tooth extraction, including:
Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide a local anesthetic or a sedative during your extraction if needed for anxiety.
Once your mouth is numb, the tooth is gripped with a dental instrument and gently rocked or pulled. You may feel tugging or pressure, but you will not be in any pain. After the tooth is extracted, stitches may be needed to close the gap. You will have dental padding wedged in the area to prevent bleeding.
Once the bleeding subsides, soft foods are recommended to enable the extraction area to heal and avoid infection. To keep any swelling down, it is recommended to use an ice pack off and on for 10 minutes at a time. Antibiotics may be prescribed to avoid infection, but any discomfort is managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your mouth needs time to heal, and you should take about a week to rest and allow for optimal healing.
We are committed to keeping you healthy through optimal oral care and whole-body health. If you or a family member need a tooth extraction Birmingham dental specialists at Whole Dental Wellness are here to relieve your pain and get you back to your daily activities. Our office serves Birmingham and Detroit metro.
After your tooth is extracted, a blood clot is expected to form in the space where the tooth was removed. In some cases, the blood clot will not develop, known as a ‘dry socket.’ Your dentist will need to protect the area with a dressing that contains a sedative for a clot to form. Other risks include infection, swelling, and bleeding.
Tooth extractions will vary in cost based on the patient’s individual needs, whether a topical or local anesthetic was used, X-rays, and the type of extraction needed. Our dedicated professional dental team will outline the cost of your procedure beforehand so you have all the required information.
If your tooth is knocked out, it’s imperative you try and preserve the tooth as best as you can. Often, we can place the tooth back in its socket and restore the tooth. Do not touch the root or pulp of the tooth and only handle the crown of the tooth. If your gums are bleeding, use gauze or a paper towel to contain the bleeding.
Most dental insurance plans have at least some level of coverage for tooth extractions. Your level of coverage can vary based on your insurance provider as well as your plan. If you need help determining if tooth extraction is covered under your dental plan, contact your provider or call Whole Dental Wellness and one of our associates can help.
At Whole Dental Wellness Birmingham, our dentists understand that the health of your smile makes a huge difference in your overall wellness. We know that when your mouth is healthy, you feel it from head to toe. Experience the difference in confidence and health that comes with Whole Dental Wellness. Schedule a consultation today.
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