The Dental Center of Mishawaka
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The Dental Extraction Procedure

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Dental extraction is something many patients dread, but it is straightforward and the procedure usually goes smoothly when performed by a skilled dentist. Pulling a tooth involves removing both the visible crown and the root from the tooth’s socket. Simple extraction is the process of removing a tooth that can be seen inside the mouth. Surgical extraction involves making an incision and removing a tooth that is trapped beneath gum or bone, such as an impacted third molar, also called a wisdom tooth.

Teeth may be removed because of the following problems:

  • Serious tooth decay, damage, or dental trauma
  • Non-functioning or poorly positioned teeth
  • Radiation or chemotherapy treatments
  • Upcoming organ transplant

Preparing for a Dental Extraction Your dentist will record your medical history carefully before performing a dental extraction. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss anesthesia and sedation options such as a local anesthetic injection, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and general anesthesia. You may need to take antibiotics if you have a heart murmur, weak immune system, or infection is likely.

The Extraction Procedure For simple tooth extractions, you’ll receive an injection of a local anesthetic in your gums or jaw. Once the area is numb, the dentist will grasp the tooth with extraction forceps and gently rock is back and forth to loosen it. Other tools may be used to help remove the tooth. You may feel pressure, but you should not feel any pain. A surgical extraction is more complicated, but you will probably be under general anesthesia and will not remember the process. After the procedure, you’ll be given a set of specific instructions concerning aftercare, diet and oral hygiene. To ensure a smooth recovery, follow all instructions carefully.

Potential Complications of Tooth Extractions 
Dry socket is a condition that occurs when no blood clot forms in the socket or a formed one becomes dislodged. The absence of the clot exposes sensitive nerves and bone to air. The condition is painful, but it is easily treated with a medicated dressing. Other possible complications include:

  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Jaw fractures

The Typical Cost of a Dental Extraction

The cost for tooth extractions varies. Typically, the more difficult it is to remove the tooth, the more expensive it will be. Many dental insurance plans cover a large percentage of the cost. An affordable dentist may work with you to manage the financial impact of a dental extraction.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Mishawaka. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Mishawaka, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Mishawaka.

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