Tooth Extractions Overview
Although Dr. Wolfe will make every effort to preserve the natural tooth, there are instances in which a tooth, or several teeth, may require removal. At his practice, Dr. Wolfe performs two types of extractions – simple extractions and surgical extractions, excluding bony, impacted, or wisdom teeth. A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that is visible over the gums, such as in the case of a tooth that has been damaged or decayed beyond repair while a surgical extraction involves the removal of a tooth that has yet to erupt from the gums. No matter the reason for your extraction, our team at Signature Dentistry of Rochester will give you the best treatment possible. Our Rochester Hills, MI 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 with Dr. Wolfe to boost your smile.
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth is damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Wolfe will make every attempt to fix it using a filling, bonding, or crown. However, in some instances, a tooth may 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 your mouth. Aside from damage or decay, there are several other reasons why one may require a tooth extraction, such as if you are using orthodontics and require the removal of a tooth to make room for the remaining teeth once they are nested into their final placements.
For wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Wolfe typically refers patients to a local oral surgeon.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth 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 are experiencing anxieties. Our team will do whatever we can to ensure that you are comfortable and at ease prior to and during the procedure. As soon as you're prepared, Dr. Wolfe will begin the procedure. To complete a simple extraction, Dr. Wolfe will loosen the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction requires making incisions into the gums for the retrieval of the tooth. If necessary, the tooth might be sectioned so that it can be taken out with greater ease. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Wolfe will stitch the incision in your gums. Following the procedure, Dr. Wolfe will create a treatment plan for tooth replacement once the extraction is performed. This can be accomplished with a dental implant, bridge, or denture. It is important to replace teeth right away to maintain oral health and avoid additional dental problems that can arise after losing a permanent tooth.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
Depending upon the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you may require additional transportation to take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting. Your recovery will vary based upon the extent of your dental extraction. Many patients choose to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Wolfe will speak with you regarding normal post-procedure symptoms throughout your recovery, as well as the best ways to look after your gums. Your gums will likely be inflamed after the procedure so Dr. Wolfe may suggest taking over-the-counter pain medicine and using cold compresses. He can also give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics, depending on the severity of your discomfort. Aside from the proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Signature Dentistry of Rochester for dental examinations and cleanings so Dr. Wolfe can track your dental health following an extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we can call your insurance provider to ascertain your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then Dr. Wolfe can speak with you about the numerous payments we take, as well as information about low-interest medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have space for a tooth, a tooth extraction at Signature Dentistry of Rochester may be necessary for your overall dental health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wolfe at his office at Rochester Hills, MI to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you experience anxiety prior to or during your appointment, inquire about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your procedure. Our team at Signature Dentistry of Rochester will go above and beyond to ensure you are comfortable and at ease.