Tooth Extractions in The Woodlands, TX

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What Are Tooth Extractions?

The experienced practitioners at Made Ya Smile Dental want to do everything in their power to restore the natural health of your teeth. However, sometimes the best way to preserve your smile is with a tooth extraction. An extraction is performed for a number of reasons, including impacted or severely decayed teeth, or teeth that are broken beyond repair. Younger patients may also need a tooth extraction if they are looking to begin orthodontic treatment, or if their baby teeth have not fallen out on their own. 

Simple and surgical tooth extractions are performed at our practice in The Woodlands, TX in a warm environment using a gentle approach. If you experience anxiety before your dental appointment, Made Ya Smile Dental offers different sedation options so you can have a more positive experience. If you have questions or concerns about the possibility of a tooth extraction, contact our friendly staff for an appointment and consultation. 

Simple Vs. Surgical Tooth Extraction

For tooth extractions, we will help you determine if you need a simple or surgical procedure, depending on the state of your oral health. So if your tooth has erupted fully, Made Ya Smile Dental can remove it from your jaw using a simple extraction, which means we use state-of-the-art dental tools without needing extensive surgery. Surgical extractions are for unerupted or impacted teeth that are more "hidden" in the gums or bone, such as wisdom teeth, or teeth that are more difficult to remove. Made Ya Smile Dental's experienced dentists will require more access to the teeth by making incisions in the gums or sectioning the tooth into smaller pieces to extract it more efficiently. Please note that our team takes great care in your tooth extraction, no matter the method, and we take the time to ensure your comfort. 

When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Made Ya Smile Dental hopes to preserve the health of your natural teeth by using dental restorations, such as crowns, fillings, and dentures. However, if your teeth are too damaged to save, or are cracked, decayed, or abscessed, our practitioners will determine if it's better for your oral health if the tooth is extracted. For example, advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis, causes severe bone loss and tooth mobility. Teenagers who do not have the space to grow their wisdom teeth may benefit from extractions, and children who are about to receive orthodontic treatment may also need a simple or surgical removal of their baby teeth or premolars. Our team in The Woodlands, TX community has over 30 years of experience in understanding the best treatment options for you and your family. 

What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?

If you feel anxious or nervous about your extraction appointment, Made Ya Smile Dental offers nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation options to lessen your anxiety and help you feel relaxed. In addition to sedation, our practitioners will also numb the extraction area, gums, and jaw. We will work conservatively around the teeth and gum tissues to protect your smile as much as possible. In a simple procedure, Made Ya Smile Dental will use instruments to extract the tooth from the bone socket while in a surgical procedure, we make an incision in the gums or break up the tooth to properly remove it. Once complete, we make sure to suture and rinse the area, then our team will provide instructions about how to take care of your teeth at home while you heal over the following weeks. 

Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

Taking the time to recover and heal from this procedure is important, which is why the doctors at Made Ya Smile Dental may prescribe medication or antibiotics to minimize discomfort or reduce your chances of infection after your procedure. Patients may feel swelling in the jaw or face, which can be soothed with a cold compress at home. It's vital to avoid sipping drinks through a straw, spitting, and smoking after the extraction, or you may get "dry socket," which occurs when the clot that is forming over the bone becomes dislodged. 

Patients with uncontrolled bleeding and severe pain must call our office right away so we can evaluate your symptoms. After a week or so, Made Ya Smile Dental will assess the area to make sure it is healing properly. Our team will discuss the ways you can clean your teeth following the extraction and discuss your options for replacing the missing tooth once it's recovered. 

Will Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

If you have a dental health insurance plan, a simple or surgical extraction may be covered at least in part. However, any sedation services you require may be an out-of-pocket cost. The staff at Made Ya Smile Dental will call your provider to understand your anticipated costs before your procedure and provide you with several options for dental care. At our clinic at The Woodlands, TX, we make dental procedures more easy to finance through third-party partners, such as CareCredit®.

Gentle Tooth Removal

To achieve the healthiest smile possible, sometimes it's best to get a tooth extraction. Made Ya Smile Dental has a compassionate staff that will help you through the procedure with sedation options to make the process as easy as possible. If you have decayed, damaged, or impacted teeth and have questions concerning a possible tooth removal, you can call our friendly practice today for a comprehensive evaluation and appointment. 

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