While our team at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach makes every effort to conserve and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. This is normally used for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly performed to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have enough room to fit into your smile. No matter the reason for needing a tooth extraction at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach, our team will treat you with the best possible care. Our North Miami Beach, FL office offers different sedation methods, like IV sedation, and that means you can remain comfortable and calm during your procedure. Contact our team to learn more or to schedule an assessment to boost your oral health.
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, we will make every effort to repair it with bonding, a crown, or a filling. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will need to be extracted to prevent the damage from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You could also need an extraction to remove teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be pulled so they do not block the permanent teeth. If you are getting braces or considering Invisalign, you may need an extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper position.
What To Expect
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being treated. Other kinds of sedation might be used, depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. To complete a simple extraction, the tooth will be loosened with a special device known as an elevator before the tooth is removed. A surgical extraction involves making incisions in your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, the incision in the gums will be stitched closed. Antibiotics that should be taken before and after the process may also be prescribed — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is prolonged, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Depending on the sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have an adult drive you home. While your mouth heals, you should avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Your recovery process will vary based on the extent of your dental extraction, but most patients choose to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the extraction. A member of our team will talk with you about what to expect during your recovery and the best ways to look after your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction so the use of cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication is recommended. In some cases, we may write you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. Besides any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach for dental examinations and cleanings so we can monitor your dental health after an extraction.
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance provider to ascertain your specific coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, a member of our financial team can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with providing you with information on medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach can help in improving your oral health and smile. Schedule an appointment at our office in North Miami Beach, FL to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation methods to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.
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