Even though experienced dentist Dr. Mauricio Antezana makes every attempt to conserve and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that is visible over the gums. This is normally done for a tooth that is decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that hasn't erupted over the gums. Surgical extractions are frequently performed to take out impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for having an extraction in SEDA Dental, our staff will give you the best treatment. Our Boca Raton, FL office provides multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can stay comfortable and calm throughout your treatment. Contact our staff to learn more or to schedule an assessment with Dr. Antezana to boost your smile.
If your tooth was damaged or broken due to decay, Dr. Antezana can make every attempt to fix it using bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, a tooth might be too far into decay and will have to be removed to prevent the damage from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the rest of the teeth. You could also require an extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow around the age of 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that have not naturally fallen out might need to be extracted so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you are getting orthodontics or contemplating Invisalign, then you might require an extraction to make space for the remaining teeth when they move into their normal position.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are completed in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being treated. Different kinds of sedation might be used, depending on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental worries. As soon as you are prepared, Dr. Antezana will begin the procedure. To complete a simple extraction, Dr. Antezana will loosen the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, the tooth might be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Antezana will stitch the incision in your gums. Dr. Antezana can write a prescription for antibiotics that should be taken prior to and following the process — in case you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the process is prolonged, or if you have some other special health concerns.
Based upon the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have an adult take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery will vary based on the extent of your dental extraction; however, many patients choose to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Antezana will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and the notify you on the best ways to look after your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure; therefore, Dr. Antezana suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Sometimes, Dr. Antezana can give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Besides some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at SEDA Dental for dental examinations and cleanings so Dr. Antezana can track your dental health following an extraction.
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, our financial team will contact your insurance provider to ascertain your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then we can speak with you about the numerous payments we take accept and provide you with information about low-interest medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have enough space for a tooth, a tooth extraction at SEDA Dental will help in improving your overall oral health and appearance of your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Antezana in his office in Boca Raton, FL to learn more about surgical and simple extractions. When you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your treatment process.