About Tooth Extractions
A tooth or teeth may need to be removed from the mouth for many reasons: it's damaged beyond repair, there isn't enough room in the mouth, and more. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, family and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Karuna Peravali performs both surgical and simple tooth extractions. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline, whereas a surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted (e.g. wisdom teeth). A tooth extraction is usually scheduled, but Dr. Peravali may need to perform an emergency extraction after a trauma or accident.
What to Expect
For a simple extraction, a local anesthetic is usually given to numb the gum before the dentist loosens and removes the full tooth from the jawbone. The dentist will carefully separate the tooth from the gum tissue and ligaments before the socket is cleaned and closed. For a surgical extraction, a patient may be given local anesthesia with sedation. To remove the tooth, the dentist must surgically cut through the gums and bone. In some cases, the tooth will be cut into pieces for easier extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the socket will be cleaned and stitched closed.
After an extraction, a blood clot will usually form in the socket of the removed tooth, which should be kept clean and watched for signs of infection. The dentist may suggest over-counter pain medication for any discomfort after the procedure or the patient be prescribed painkillers. Patients will usually follow a soft food or liquid diet for at least one day after the extraction. Patients should be careful brushing their teeth to help the socket heal. The gums and bone usually begin to heal 1 – 2 weeks after the extraction, but it may be up to 6 months before the mouth is fully healed.
If the extraction is a medical necessity, most or part of the cost will usually be covered by dental insurance. The coverage may vary based on whether it is a simple or surgical extraction, so our office will confirm the patient's benefits and out-of-pocket cost. Our office offers financing plans and we accept several payment options.
Plan Your Procedure
Remove and Restore
Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or you need an emergency extraction after a trauma or injury, please contact our office to learn more about your options. We can help you with simple or surgical extractions to improve your health.