Rockwall & Paris, Texas
While we will do everything we can to help you preserve your natural teeth, but there are times when a tooth extraction is the best treatment option. A tooth may require extraction for a variety of reasons, such as severe decay, advanced bone loss due to gum disease, as part of a larger treatment plan for dental implants or orthodontic treatment, overabundance of teeth, or when it is buried under the gums, which in turn can cause issues to develop. Regardless of the reason, our office utilizes advanced technology to minimize the invasiveness of this procedure to precisely dislodge the tooth from the bone causing minimal trauma to the surrounding area.
To learn more about tooth extraction or other services offered at our office, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for a consultation for a tooth extraction and/or dental implant, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.
Evaluation & Procedure
At our office, we use advanced technology to make our extractions as minimally invasive as possilbe. Prior to extracting your tooth, we will administer a topical anesthetic at the injection sight to ensure you do not experience any initial sensations. We also offer several different dental sedation options, including oral and IV sedation to ensure you are calm and comfortable throughout the tooth extraction procedure.
Once you are numbed and comfortable, the tooth extraction process will begin. Unlike traditional methods for extracting teeth, which involve using an elevator and forceps to move and rotate the tooth until it becomes dislodged, which in turn can damage the surrounding tissues and causes swelling to occur, we use Piezosurgery to reduce trauma and precisely dislodge your tooth from the bone and remove the tooth. By taking this approach, more bone is preserved, the extraction process is far less traumatic, and you will experience and enjoy a faster healing period when compared to other traditional methods for a tooth extraction.
Prior to your tooth extraction procedure, it may be necessary to arrange for a ride to and from the office if dental sedation is administered. We recommend this be someone you trust, like a friend or member of your family to ensure you get home safely. After the procedure, it is normal to experience some pain and swelling. Over the counter pain relieving medication like Ibuprofen, or possibly prescription pain medication, along with application of ice to the swollen or tender area for fifteen to twenty minute intervals is usually sufficient in managing the pain and swelling. If pain medication or antibiotics are prescribed following your tooth extraction, take as prescribed until your prescription is done. During the initial healing period, it is also important to avoid spitting, using straws, and/or smoking. It is also recommended that you follow a soft food diet for the first few days following your procedure and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
One of the biggest complications that can develop following the extraction of a tooth is a dry socket, which form when the area where the extraction occurred fails to make a proper blood clot or that blood clot is disturbed in some way. Not following aftercare instructions such as smoking too soon after a tooth extraction will significantly increase your risk of developing a dry socket, which will extend how long the healing process will take. Dry sockets typically present around three to four days following the tooth extraction. Most patients who develop dry sockets will begin feeling throbbing pain that is moderate initially, but increases in severity. Oftentimes patients will also notice a bad taste in their mouth right before the dry socket presents itself. In most cases, dry sockets will heal naturally; however, if you have developed a dry socket and feel you need assistance with pain relief, contact our office and we will help any way we can.
Dental Implant Placement
Following the extraction of a tooth, the socket where your tooth was will begin to naturally resorb and remodel over time, due to lack of stimulation to the jawbone that your natural tooth provided. This may not cause any serious issues, depending on the location of your extraction; however, if the tooth that is extracted is in a prominent location, or if multiple teeth require extraction, a dental implant may be recommended to restore your natural smile and prevent issues that can develop as a result of a missing tooth or teeth.
At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we provide comprehensive dental implant treatment options, including traditional dental implants, full mouth dental implants, All-on-4 Teeth in a Day.
The cost of having a tooth extracted will largely depend on whether the tooth is impacted, how many teeth require extraction, whether dental sedation is used, and if so, what kind, and your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit and any follow up appointments that may be necessary.
For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-month payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.