Even though the team at All About Smiles makes every attempt to conserve and maintain your natural smile, there are cases in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible over the gums. This is normally done for a tooth that is 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, like the wisdom teeth, that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for having an extraction at All About Smiles, Dr. Brett Cotham strives to give you the best treatment. Our Rogers, AR office provides multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide, which means you can remain comfortable and calm throughout your dental treatment. Get in touch with our helpful team today to learn more or to schedule an assessment to boost your smile.
If your tooth is damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Cotham will make every attempt to fix it using a filling, bonding, or crown. However, a tooth might be damaged beyond repair and will have to be removed to prevent the decay from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the rest of your teeth. You could also require extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that can't fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow around ages 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 place.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are completed in Dr. Cotham's office using local anesthesia near the area being treated. Different kinds of sedation might be used based on the degree of the extraction and to help you stay relaxed in case you have some anxiety about the procedure. As soon as you're prepared, Dr. Cotham will begin the procedure by loosening 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, we will stitch the incision in your gums. All About Smiles 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 unique 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. Dr. Cotham 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 so we suggest 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 All About Smiles for dental examinations and cleanings so we 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 a member of our team can speak with you about the numerous payments we take together with information about low-interest medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth does not have space for a tooth, an extraction at All About Smiles will help to improve your oral health and smile. Schedule a consultation at our office at Rogers, AR to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. For those who have anxieties about the process, ask us about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout the process.