Tooth Extractions Overview
While the caring staff at Made Ya Smile makes every attempt to save and preserve your natural teeth, there are some situations that require a tooth extraction. Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly may recommend a tooth extraction for patients who have dental issues such as bone loss, impacted teeth, or damaged teeth beyond repair. In children, we traditionally extract baby teeth as part of an overall orthodontic treatment plan. Dr. Ly is highly skilled in preserving the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums through simple and surgical tooth extraction at his clinic in Missouri City, TX. To learn more about this process, or to reserve your next appointment, reach out to Made Ya Smile.
Simple Vs. Surgical Extraction
To restore the health back to your smile, our team may remove your tooth through either a simple or surgical extraction. A simple procedure is implemented when a tooth is already erupted and can be removed with forceps without much effort. If the tooth is unerupted, broken at or under the gumline, or impacted, Dr. Ly performs routine surgery to safely and efficiently remove it. To access the tooth, we will first make an incision in the gums. Because our staff takes a gentle approach to extractions, we may break up the tooth into pieces to fully remove it. Made Ya Smile cares about the health and wellness of our patients and will make every effort to make sure you feel comfortable during the process.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
Before we consider a tooth extraction, Made Ya Smile will look at every possibility to save your tooth, including fillings, bridges, crowns, and other restorations. For broken, damaged, or decayed teeth that cannot be saved, Dr. Ly will recommend an extraction to prevent the surrounding teeth from being affected. Children and teenagers may benefit from an extraction for future orthodontic care or to create more space for the eruption of future teeth. With our advanced training, we will be able to determine if a simple or surgical extraction is right for you in the following scenarios:
- Infected or severely decayed, broken, or worn teeth
- Advanced bone loss
- Baby teeth that will not erupt
- Removal for orthodontic treatment
- Impacted wisdom teeth
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Patients who tend to feel nervous or anxious about dental procedures can review some options for sedation at our clinic. On the day of your extraction, Made Ya Smile will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area to keep you feeling as comfortable as possible. Dr. Ly takes a conservative approach to extractions and takes precautions to make sure the other surrounding teeth are not affected using special dental tools. With our advanced training, we will decide whether we need to make an incision to access the tooth or break it down into smaller pieces to make the process easier. Made Ya Smile will then suture the extraction site and give you instructions about cleaning and caring for your teeth at home after the procedure.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Following the procedure, it's essential to carefully follow the instructions of Dr. Ly and our dental staff so the area can heal properly. During this time, avoid drinking through a straw, spitting, or smoking, which can cause a dry socket. This occurs when the bone covering the clot becomes dislodged. If you experience swelling in the face or the jaw, a cold compress will be able to relieve the discomfort. Made Ya Smile may also prescribe antibiotics if the area was infected. Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide some relief during the recovery period. Contact our team immediately if you have severe pain, bleeding that doesn't stop, or other concerning issues. Our staff will schedule a follow-up appointment so we can track your healing progress. Continue to keep up with your oral health through regular brushing and flossing at home.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
Whether you need a simple or surgical tooth extraction, many dental insurance plans offer to cover your dental procedure. If you choose a sedation service at Made Ya Smile, this cost may not be covered. Our administrative team will confirm your benefits and any personal expenses that need to be paid out-of-cost. To give patients the quality care they need, we also offer several methods for payment, in-house financing, and interest-free solutions.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
To move forward towards better oral health, patients sometimes require a tooth extraction. While we do everything in our power to save your natural tooth, rest assured that an extraction can be the better option. If you have infected, damaged, or impacted teeth, contact our clinic in Missouri City, TX to schedule a consultation. As a full-service practice, Dr. Ly can offer you natural-looking replacement options so your smile can look and feel great.