South Ogden, Utah
If you need a tooth extraction, reach out to us here at Skyline Implants & Periodontics. Our specialists are experts in tooth extraction, no matter what the reason. Come stop by and see our team today to find out how we can help you with your oral health.
Why Are a Patient’s Teeth Removed?
Many teens and adults must go through wisdom tooth removal, which is the experience most people have with tooth extraction.
However, there are many other reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. Infection, excessive tooth decay, and crowding often require a tooth extraction.
People who get braces often need teeth removed to make some room for additional teeth as they begin to shift into place.
Plus, those about to have an organ transplant or undergo chemotherapy could need teeth extracted to keep their mouth healthy.
Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist in our office, or by an oral surgeon. It is often a quick outpatient procedure with local, general, or intravenous anesthesia and sometimes a combination of all three.
Removing visible teeth is usually a simple tooth extraction. However, impacted, broken, or below-the-surface teeth will require a more involved surgical extraction.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
The tooth extraction cost can vary wildly depending on tooth location, condition, and issue. For instance, if the tooth is impacted, it could increase the overall cost.
The cost to surgically extract impacted teeth can be significantly higher. The area you live in can also affect how much you pay for a tooth extraction procedure, as many services are tailored to an area’s cost of living.
How To Prepare for a Tooth Extraction
Before scheduling the procedure, we will examine your tooth and determine precisely what needs to be done. Tell us about your supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and, most importantly, your prescribed medications.
Also, tell us if you have an upcoming treatment for another medical condition. Some medicines can have harmful interactions and can lead to severe consequences for your oral or overall health.
Our office should be made aware if you have: diabetes, liver disease, adrenal disease, congenital heart defects, renal disease, hypertension, thyroid disease, artificial joints, any history of having bacterial endocarditis, damaged heart valves, or any type of immune system impairment.
These all affect how your body responds when having a tooth extraction.
Our office will want to ensure that all of your conditions are stable before you undergo a tooth extraction. You could be prescribed antibiotics leading up to the procedure to protect a weak immune system, to prevent specific medical conditions, or if you are expected to undergo an extensive surgery.
Other things we need to know include if you feel unwell on the day of your procedure, or if your ride will not be able to bring you home. These may require us to reschedule your procedure.
If you are getting anesthesia through an IV, make sure you wear a short-sleeved shirt. You will need to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least six to eight hours before your scheduled appointment. Plus, you will not be able to smoke prior to or following your appointment.
What Is the Procedure for a Tooth Extraction?
Your tooth extraction will either be a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. You will only feel pressure and not pain during the procedure. We will then use an elevator instrument to loosen the tooth and forceps to extract it.
During this more complex procedure, you will typically receive both local and intravenous anesthesia. You could also receive general anesthesia, depending on your needs and medical conditions.
If we use general anesthesia, you will remain unconscious throughout the entire procedure. We will then cut your gums, making a small incision.
Sometimes we might need to cut your tooth or remove bone around it before the tooth can be extracted.
What Are the Risks of a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction does have a few risks. After tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the socket. If the clot dislodges, the bone inside the socket can be exposed.
This is called a dry socket and can be uncomfortable. If this happens, we will place a sedative dressing over it. During the next few days, a new clot will form.
Other risks can include getting nauseated or vomiting, developing a cough, bleeding that could last several hours, or some type of an infection in the extraction site.
We suggest that you call us right away if any unusual symptoms appear.
What is the Recovery Period from a Tooth Extraction?
It takes a few days to weeks to recover after tooth extraction. However, here are a few tips to help ease your recovery.
Use ice to help reduce your swelling. It should go on your cheek with a towel for 10 minutes on, then it should be off for 10 minutes. Leave any gauze we place during or immediately following the extraction alone for at least a few hours.
Take Prescribed Medications
Take any medication we prescribe to you. Make sure to take in on schedule. We want your body to take it easy and work on healing following the extraction procedure. You should avoid using a straw or smoking for at least 24 hours following the procedure, ideally longer.
Prop Your Head
Prop yourself up when you rest or sleep, and do not do anything extensive. You want your body to focus on healing, and doing anything that raises your heart rate can cause more swelling or bleeding.
Rinse with Salt Water
Rinse your mouth with salt water as suggested after 24 hours and stick to soft foods. We suggest pudding, applesauce, and yogurt.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction with Our Periodontists in South Ogden, UT!
Need a tooth pulled? Looking for a consultation? Be sure to reach out to us at Skyline Implants & Periodontics or call us at (385) 888-7414 to book an appointment today!