While our dentists make every effort to save and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. At Stone Lake Dental, our experienced dentists perform simple extractions and extractions of partially impacted wisdom teeth that may be causing issues with your smile. Whatever the reason for getting a tooth extraction at Stone Lake Dental, our team will treat you with the best care. Our Wichita Falls, TX office offers different sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, and that means you can remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. Contact our team for more information or to schedule an exam with one of our experienced dentists to improve your oral health.
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, our dentists will make every effort to repair it with a crown, bonding, or filling. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will need to be extracted to prevent the decay from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You may also need a dental extraction to remove teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be pulled so they don't block the permanent teeth. If you are getting braces or considering Invisalign, you may need a tooth extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper position.
What To Expect
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being removed. Other forms of sedation may be used, depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. Once you are ready, the procedure will begin. For a simple extraction, the tooth will be loosened with a special device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction may involve making incisions in your gums around the partially impacted tooth in order to reach it. If needed, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, any incisions will be closed. Antibiotics may be prescribed to be taken before and after the procedure — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is extended, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Depending on the sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have a responsible adult drive you home. While your mouth heals, you should avoid smoking, spitting, and using straws. Your recovery process will vary, depending on the complexity of your extraction, but most patients prefer to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the extraction. We will talk to you about what to expect during your recovery and how to care for your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction so cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication may be recommended. In some cases, you may be given a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. In addition to any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Stone Lake Dental for dental exams and cleanings so we can monitor your oral health after an extraction.
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance company to determine your specific coverage and estimate your costs. If you don't have dental insurance, a member of our team can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth doesn't have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at Stone Lake Dental can help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule an appointment at our office in Wichita Falls, TX to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation options to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.