About Tooth Extractions
When a tooth is creating significant discomfort, infection, or pain, the tooth may be dying or weakened past treatment and may need a dentist to remove the tooth. An extraction is sometimes done in an emergency following an injury or trauma or the extraction can be scheduled to avoid a concern, like having the wisdom teeth removed to prevent an impaction. A simple extraction can be chosen if the tooth can be seen above the the gums, however a surgical extraction is required if the tooth is still below the gumline. To assist every patient in deciding if they require a simple or surgical extraction, our dentists at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC will take digital X-rays and use a physical exam to predict any concerns.
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"I have been to this office four times now, and each time I experience a pleasant, smooth appointment process, something I have not experienced at other dental offices. The first time I came in, I had an infected wisdom tooth that needed to be pulled. They went ahead and gave me antibiotics and a mouthwash to use while the infection cleared up, took bitewings, and had me come back to get both wisdom teeth on the top out. The oral surgeon (can't remember his name but he was very nice) had both teeth out in just a few minutes, explained everything to me very thoroughly, and listened when I told him that I need more Novocaine than most people as I am a natural redhead and therefore more resistant to anesthesia.At the time of my wisdom teeth being removed, they told me that I needed a list of cleanings and fillings as I had not been to the dentist in a long time, but that I could schedule them at my convenience, when I could afford to come back.Last week, I broke a tooth and came in to have an exam done. They told me I needed a cleaning on that quadrant of my mouth before they could fill the cavity and broken area, and scheduled me. The hygienist was kind, gentle, and patient, and very thorough. She told me I would probably need to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen following my appointment for a day or so while my gums recovered from the scaling and root planing. I went back in yesterday to have the tooth filled and Dr. Legler was great, he remembered me from the previous cleaning visit when I said I needed extra numbing, without me saying it out loud. When I did feel pain during the procedure, he offered me the option to keep going or get numbed again- I tried to brave it one more time but the second time I raised my hand he went ahead and numbed me more and was very kind and patient about having to stop his procedure halfway through to make me more comfortable. Until I have a reason not to I will continue to come to this dental office! I've had nothing but good experiences here, the staff are always great and even though I hate dental appointments I always leave feeling like I worked myself up for nothing because they make it so easy."- A.K. / Google / Nov 27, 2017
"Friendly, professional service. Very understanding staff got me through tough procedure with virtually no pain and kind support. Highly recommend."- P.S. / Google / Nov 27, 2017
"I can't say enough about this practice. I was ten minutes late for my appointment and everyone was totally understanding. I wish I knew my hygienist's name. She is such a kind person and gave me such an outstanding cleaning. Dr. Zhao is wonderful and personable. This practice really knows how to take care of their patients. Thank you!"- M.M. / Facebook / Nov 08, 2017
What to Expect
Before a simple extraction, a local anesthesia is generally applied to numb the treated area, then our dentists work the tooth loose and extract the entire tooth out of the jaw. Our dentists will slowly detach the tooth out of the gums and ligaments, and next our dentists will rinse out and stitch the socket. Before a surgical extraction, the patient is often offered local anesthesia and sedation or the patient is knocked out with general anesthesia. To extract the tooth, our dentists will surgically cut past the gum tissue and bone. If needed, our dentists will cut the tooth into smaller pieces for simpler removal. After the tooth is extracted, the tooth socket will be washed and stitched together.
Following a simple or surgical extraction, a blood clot will form in the socket of the extracted tooth, which the patient needs to keep uncontaminated and check for indications of disease. Our dentists may recommend over-counter pain relievers to help any pain following the treatment or our dentists may write a prescription painkillers. Patients generally follow a liquid or soft foods diet for a few days after the tooth extraction. Patients need to be cautious cleaning their mouth to prevent disturbing the socket as it recovers. The bone and gums typically start to heal 7 - 14 days following the tooth extraction, however it can be as much as 6 months until the mouth is completely mended.
If the extraction is medically necessary, part or most of the expenses will generally be paid by insurance. The coverage may change depending on whether the patient needs a surgical or simple extraction, so DentalWorks - Durham will check the patient's benefits and personal expenses. DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC offers a few financing plans and our dentists take many payment methods.
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Whether you want your wisdom teeth extracted or if you require an emergency extraction after an injury or trauma, please contact DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC to discuss your options. Our dentists can perform surgical or simple extractions that improves your oral health.