Oral surgery treatment is the process of extracting teeth. At Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we will always look at all the treatment options available before extraction. If we cannot save your natural tooth, Dr. Peter has extensive knowledge and training on how to provide you with a smooth and comfortable tooth removal process.
At Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry you do not have to travel offsite to receive exceptional oral surgery. Dr. Peter can treat many conditions with oral surgery including:
- General tooth extractions.
- Impacted teeth removal.
- Wisdom teeth removal.
By having an experienced oral surgeon in house, you will save time and money. Do not put off the treatment you need—Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help!
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
No one wants to have a tooth pulled unless they are anxiously awaiting the tooth fairy but there are a few reasons why it might be necessary for your oral health and to benefit your confidence in your smile:
- Decayed or damaged tooth: If a tooth is heavily decayed, infected, or damaged beyond repair, it is best to remove the tooth to prevent the decay from spreading to other parts of your mouth. After the extraction, there are many tooth replacement options available at Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to restore the function of your smile.
- Orthodontics: Sometimes, tooth extraction is necessary to make room in your mouth for orthodontic treatment.
- Wisdom teeth extractions: One of the most common oral surgery procedures is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth—the last four teeth on the top and bottom of your mouth—typically surface between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people don’t have room in the jaw to accommodate them and need tooth extractions. Teeth become impacted due to the lack of space to surface correctly.
- Prepping for dentures: Regardless of your age, there are numerous benefits to dentures; tooth extraction is common for both full and partial dentures.
Maybe you already have missing teeth or you want to prepare for orthodontics, tooth extraction is necessary for many different types of treatment and will only take place if the dentist advises it.
Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Sometimes no matter what oral surgery cannot be avoided especially as we start to get our wisdom teeth in. It is important to know the different types of wisdom teeth so that you and your family know what to look for. The various types of wisdom teeth are described below:
- Soft tissue impaction: Though the tooth’s crown has broken the surface, a portion of gum still covers part of the tooth. Food can become trapped in the gum flap allowing for decay and infection.
- Partial bony impaction: The tooth has partially surfaced, but part of it is still below the gum and bone, making it prone to infection and decay because of cleaning difficulties.
- Complete bony impaction: This is the most challenging type of tooth extraction to perform. In this case, the tooth has not broken the surface and remains impacted in the jaw bone.
If your wisdom teeth are causing dental issues, it is to your benefit to have a tooth extraction to get them removed. If you have any of the above types of wisdom teeth you are a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal, but it is important to get dental advice before going forward with any oral surgery.
Is Tooth Removal Painful?
When you come in for your tooth extraction, Dr. Peter will ensure that your mouth is completely numb before beginning the procedure. We also offer various dental sedation services if necessary to keep you comfortable and relaxed during the extraction.
After the oral surgery has taken place you will be prescribed pain management medication if necessary. It is important to take this as instructed to provide you with a pain- and stress-free experience.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
After removing your tooth, Dr. Peter will pack the area with gauze and leave it there for about 30 minutes to control the bleeding. It’s normal for the site to bleed for a couple of days following the procedure.
You will also experience some tenderness and swelling, which is managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Peter will give you instructions on how to care for the extraction site and promote healing.
Proper care typically includes avoiding:
- Using a straw.
- Chewing crunchy or hard foods.
- Touching the empty socket.
At Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we strive to provide you with excellent care that leaves you feeling confident—but this can only go as far as you follow the dentist’s instructions. It is imperative that you take care of your mouth and schedule regular dental visits and a follow-up appointment if necessary to ensure proper healing.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
Insurance typically covers a portion of the cost for tooth extractions necessary for maintaining your oral health. If you have questions about what your dental insurance plan covers, feel free to contact our office. Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry also provides payment plans if you don’t have insurance or your plan won’t cover the extraction.
During your consultation, our dental team will be able to give you a more accurate estimate for the oral surgery because it will be customized to your mouth and oral needs. We will also walk you through the payment plans and your insurance so you are educated on the cost of the treatment.
Oral surgery sounds scary and expensive but it will save you time, money, and pain in the future. If left untreated it can cause infection and disease which will lead to more treatment costing you more. It is better to get a consultation to see what treatment you need before it gets worse.
Schedule Today for Tooth Extractions in Independence!
Nobody gets excited about tooth extractions, but Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has the experience necessary to make you feel comfortable during the whole process. Whether you need a tooth extraction for orthodontics, or to begin your tooth replacement journey, our Independence dentist office is here for you.
Contact us today to schedule an exam if you think you might need a tooth extraction. Let us help you get on the road to strong dental health and confidence in your smile.