Tooth Extractions in Katy, TX

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What Are Tooth Extractions?

Teeth that are impacted, severely damaged, or no longer serving your smile may need to be removed to support your oral health. We understand the impact that losing a natural tooth can have on our patients and strive to make this experience as positive and pleasant as possible. While our team does everything possible to save teeth, some situations are better treated with tooth extractions. A tooth extraction may be the ideal treatment for impacted wisdom teeth, abscessed teeth, teeth affected by bone loss, and those that are simply beyond repair. Children undergoing orthodontic care or who have stubborn baby teeth that will not fall out on their own may also require tooth extractions.

If you or your family member needs a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal, our caring team at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX is here to help. Our dentist uses advanced training along with a gentle technique when performing simple and surgical tooth extractions to maintain the integrity of surrounding tissue and oral structures. We also cater to your comfort and can combine your care with sedation dentistry for a relaxed and stress-free visit. There is no need to fear a tooth extraction when visiting our friendly, patient-centered team. Contact our family dental practice today for a treatment consultation if you or your loved one has a problematic tooth that may require extraction.

Simple Vs. Surgical Tooth Extraction

While some teeth can be easily removed from the mouth, others that are not fully erupted or affected by additional conditions may require a more advanced procedure. Our practice offers both simple and surgical exodontia (extractions) to meet the needs of our patients. A simple extraction technique is used to remove a tooth that is fully erupted and can be elevated easily from the jawbone. Teeth that are unerupted or impacted in the gum or bone (wisdom teeth), growing in at an angle, broken at the gumline, or otherwise problematic will need a surgical extraction approach. Surgical extractions require our dentist to make an incision in the gums around the tooth to gain access. The tooth will then likely have to be sectioned into individual pieces so that it can be properly removed from the jaw. Regardless of whether a simple or surgical extraction is needed, our skilled team places your safety and comfort as the highest priority and will work quickly and efficiently to complete your care.

When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Our dentist will perform an examination and determine if there are any options for restoring or saving a tooth. In some cases, damaged teeth can be restored with fillings, crowns, inlays, or onlays. If teeth cannot be saved, however, our team will discuss the need for a simple or surgical tooth extraction. Children that have retained baby teeth or require tooth removal to facilitate proper jaw development, permanent tooth eruption, and orthodontic treatment plans may also be candidates for tooth extractions. You or your family member may benefit from a tooth extraction if you have:

• Infected or abscessed teeth

• Severely worn, decayed, or broken teeth

• Retained baby teeth

• Impacted molars or wisdom teeth

• Orthodontic needs

• Advanced gum disease (bone loss)

Our highly trained dentist has years of experience in extracting teeth for children and adults to improve oral health and wellness. Leaving an infected or damaged tooth in your mouth may only worsen your condition and impact your overall health. Our skilled team is ready to bring the highest standard of care to help your family enjoy the best possible outcomes for your smile, even if that means losing a tooth. Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX is a full-service practice that also offers effective tooth replacement options.

What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?

We take a caring, personalized approach to every procedure we perform, especially tooth extractions. If you are anxious about your visit, we offer sedation dentistry solutions that can help you feel calm and enjoy a relaxed appointment. To keep you comfortable, we will numb your mouth in the treatment area with local anesthetics. Our dentist will use an advanced, minimally invasive technique to minimize the impact on surrounding teeth, gum, and bone tissue when removing your tooth from your jaw. Special techniques will be used to remove your tooth from the bone and its socket. In some cases, we make need to make an incision in the gums or section the tooth to remove it in the best possible way. Our team may place sutures to cover the treatment areas and promote tissue healing. When your extraction is complete, we will provide specific instructions on how to take care of your treatment sites over the next few days.

Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

To promote an ideal healing environment following your tooth extraction procedure, we strongly urge you to follow our specific post-op instructions. It is very important that you not drink through a straw, smoke, or spit until your mouth has healed. Doing so may create a condition known as dry socket, where the clot that is covering and protecting the tooth socket and jawbone is disrupted or dislodged. Please contact us right away if you feel that this may have happened or if you experience severe pain, bleeding, or have other concerns.

You may have some facial swelling or discomfort in your jaw for a few days after your tooth extraction, which can be soothed with cold compresses against the face. Our dentist may give you a prescription for antibiotics (if an infection or abscess is present) and pain relievers or may recommend using over-the-counter pain medications to improve your comfort as your mouth heals. Our team will also show you how to minimize plaque and bacteria buildup and clean your teeth and gums during the recovery process.

A follow-up visit at our practice will be scheduled a week or two later so that we can check the healing of your extraction site. At that time, we can also talk about moving forward with replacing your tooth to restore your appearance and maintain your oral function. Keeping up with your daily home care and routine visits for dental cleanings and exams can also help you enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for many years to come.

Will Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

Depending on your specific plan, your dental insurance provider may offer some coverage towards simple and surgical extraction treatments and wisdom teeth removal. To learn about your insurance benefits, we will get in touch with your provider and let you know right away if there will be any personal treatment costs. Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX accepts a range of easy payment solutions, including an in-house dental savings plan for non-insured patients and third-party flexible financing plans through CareCredit®. Whatever your treatment needs may be, our team wants to help you and your family get the care you need for comfortable, confident smiles.

Gentle Tooth Removal

You and your family can always rely on our team to provide the best possible treatment options for your family's smiles. When a tooth cannot be saved with restorative care, however, our team provides simple and surgical extractions with the highest level of care and compassion. Teeth that are extensively broken, worn, impacted, or otherwise causing harm to your smile may be better off removed from your mouth. As a full-service family practice, Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX also offers viable tooth replacement options to restore the look and function of your smile after tooth loss. Talk with our staff today to schedule your tooth extraction consultation with our skilled dentist.

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