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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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"As a new patient being referred by existing patients, I went in for 2 surgical extractions and was VERY nervous. Jasmine the assistant did an excellent job calming, encouraging, assuring me and talking me through the whole process. Dr. Zhao is incredibly skilled, professional, gentle and an overall Dentist I would highly recommend to anyone looking for top notch care for an affordable rate. Thank you."- J.A. / Google / May 01, 2017
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What to Expect@headingTag>
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.