If it were left up to us, we would never have to remove any of our patients’ teeth, but unfortunately, dental decay and trauma can sometimes damage a tooth so much that an extraction is the best course of action. For patients in need of this procedure, our team will go out of its way to ensure they feel comfortable the entire time and will replace the tooth as soon as possible if necessary.
It is not uncommon to feel somewhat nervous about an upcoming tooth extraction. The team at Powell Dental Group understands you may have reservations about this necessary procedure; however, the important thing to remember is that we would never recommend tooth removal if it weren’t absolutely necessary. By extracting a problem tooth, we can take better care of your smile and ensure its longevity. At Powell Dental Group, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about extractions in Powell and want to help you feel confident in your decision to move forward with this oral procedure. If you do not see if your question listed below, please feel free to contact our office and schedule an appointment for additional assistance.
Before your emergency dentist in Powell begins the procedure, we will administer local anesthesia to thoroughly numb the appropriate area(s) of your mouth. If necessary, you may also be eligible for sedation dentistry to help calm your nerves and keep you relaxed throughout your appointment. Once we begin the procedure, you will feel no pain whatsoever. This will allow for a more enjoyable experience. Once you return home and the side effects of the anesthesia wear off, there is a good chance, however, that you will feel some soreness and discomfort. Fortunately, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever and use a cold compress to reduce swelling and minimize any soreness.
The typical initial recovery time for a tooth extraction is 1-2 weeks, but the bone will need ample time to fully restore itself, which can take months. While at home healing, you’ll want to make sure you are following your dentist’s orders, as it can lead to complications if you do not. Eating soft foods, avoiding smoking or using tobacco products, and limiting strenuous activity are important. You’ll also want to keep your mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria while being mindful of the pressure near the extraction site.
In most cases, your tooth removal will be a complete success; however, no oral surgery is without risk. You could develop a potential infection once your procedure is complete. Should you disregard your dentist’s instructions and allow bacteria to enter the extraction site, you can experience intense pain and swelling that can pose a great risk to your oral health. Not to mention, a dry socket can cause a delay in the healing process, resulting in immense pain. Should you believe you have an infection or dry socket, make sure to contact our office as soon as possible so that we can begin to administer the appropriate treatment and get your recovery back on track.
A tooth extraction is typically viewed by dental insurance companies as either a minor or major restorative service, so there is a good chance they’ll agree to pay between 50-80% of the total cost. The level of coverage is based on the type of plan you have, so you’ll need to check with your insurer to learn about your out-of-pocket expenses. Naturally, your deductible, annual maximum, and any co-pays will dictate how much you can expect to spend once the claim is filed with your insurance company and they’ve paid their portion of the total cost. Should you need help paying any remaining balance, you can inquire about flexible financing through CareCredit.