Tooth Extractions in Copperas Cove, TX

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What Is a Tooth Extraction?

While our dental professionals make every effort to save and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible over the gumline. This is typically used for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that hasn't erupted above the gums. Surgical extractions are most commonly done to take out impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, that don't have enough room to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for getting a tooth extraction at ACE Dental of Cove, our team is dedicated to giving you the best possible care. Our Copperas Cove, TX office also offers nitrous oxide sedation, which means you can remain comfortable during your treatment. Get in touch with our staff to learn more or to schedule an examination with a member of our experienced dental team to improve your smile.

Should I Have A Tooth Extraction?

If your tooth has been damaged or broken from decay, our dental team will make every attempt to repair it using dental bonding, a crown, or a tooth-colored filling. However, a tooth may be too far into decay and need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the rest of your teeth. You might also require a dental extraction to remove a tooth (or teeth) that does not fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, that develop around age 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that haven't fallen out naturally may have to be pulled so that they do not block the permanent teeth. If you're getting braces or considering Invisalign, then you may need a tooth extraction to make space for teeth as they move into their proper position.

What To Expect With Tooth Extraction

Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. Nitrous oxide sedation may be used to keep you relaxed if you have any dental worries. As soon as you are prepared, one of our dental professionals will begin the procedure. In a simple extraction, one of our dentists will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction entails making incisions in your gums to get to the tooth. If needed, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth has been removed, our dentist will suture the incision in the gums. Any of our dentists can write a prescription for antibiotics that may need to be taken prior to and following the process — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is compromised, if the process is prolonged, or if you have some other specific medical conditions.

Recovery After Tooth Extraction

If nitrous oxide sedation was used during your extraction, you might be required to have an adult drive you home. As your mouth heals, you should avoid smoking, using straws, and spitting. Your recovery process will vary, depending on the complexity of your extraction, but most patients choose to eat soft, room-temperature food for the first few days following the procedure. Our dentists will speak with you about what to expect during your recovery and how to take care of your mouth. Your gums will be swollen after the procedure, therefore, our dentists recommend cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. Sometimes, dentists give prescriptions for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Along with any proposed follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at ACE Dental of Cove for dental examinations and cleanings so one of our dental professionals can monitor your continued oral health following an extraction.

Insurance Coverage For Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are generally covered by dental insurance, but sedation may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we will call your insurance company to ascertain your particular policy and estimate your expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, a member of our team can speak with you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on low-interest medical financing.

Simple and Surgical Tooth Extractions

Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction in ACE Dental of Cove will help improve your oral health. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable general dentists at our office in Copperas Cove, TX to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about nitrous oxide sedation to keep you relaxed and calm throughout your procedure.

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