Even though we make every attempt to conserve and maintain your natural smile, there are some 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 normally 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, such as wisdom teeth, that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for having an extraction at Buford Family Dentistry, our staff will give you the best treatment. Our Buford, GA office provides multiple sedation methods such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can stay comfortable and calm throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our staff to learn more or to schedule an assessment and boost your smile.
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, we make every attempt to fix it using a filling, bonding, or crown. However, a tooth might be too far into decay and will have to be removed to prevent the damage from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the rest of the teeth. You could also require an extraction to remove teeth that can't fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow around age 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 an extraction to make space for the remaining teeth when they move into their normal place.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia on the area where the tooth is being treated. Different kinds of sedation might be used based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some anxiety. As soon as you're prepared, our staff will begin the procedure. To complete a simple extraction, we 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 might be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, our practitioners will stitch the gap closed. We can write a prescription for antibiotics that should be taken prior to and following the process — in case you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the process is prolonged, or if you have some other special health problems.
Based on the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have an adult take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting. Your recovery will vary based on the extent of your dental extraction; however, many patients choose to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Our staff will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and the best ways to look after your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure, therefore our dental team suggests using over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Sometimes we can give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Besides some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Buford Family Dentistry for dental examinations and cleanings so our dentists can track your dental 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 will call your insurance provider to ascertain your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then we can speak with you about the numerous payments we take together with information about low-interest medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth is overcrowded, a tooth extraction at Buford Family Dentistry will help in improving your oral health and smile. Make a consultation with one of our practitioners at our office at Buford, GA to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you have any anxiety about the dental procedure, ask about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout the process.