Can’t my dentist remove my damaged or decaying teeth? Do I need an oral surgeon?
General dentists are all trained to remove teeth, but not all dentists regularly do so for their own patients, for a variety of reasons. For example, if a tooth extraction is complex or requires general anesthesia, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon or suggest you consult one. In some cases, patients simply prefer to work with an oral surgeon for tooth extractions.
How do I know if I really need a tooth removed?
Your dentist should be able to tell you if you need a tooth or teeth removed for your overall oral health and comfort. If you are unsure of your dentist’s recommendation regarding your teeth, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion from another dental professional. In many instances, whether or not you need a tooth extracted is not a black and white issue: there may be both benefits and drawbacks to your choices. Your dentist should be able to discuss these pros and cons with you at length.
Will I need someone to drive me home from the doctor?
Whether you need someone to drive you home from our surgical center after your procedure depends upon the type of sedation that you choose. If you only use local anesthesia, you may drive yourself home. If you undergo general anesthesia or sedation, you will need a friend, family member, or loved one to help you get home and get you comfortable.
What procedures will I need after my tooth removal?
Follow-up procedures depend upon why you were having a tooth removed as well as whether the extraction was successful. If you are having a wisdom tooth removed, or if you are having a tooth removed due to overcrowding, you may not need any other procedures. However, if you are having teeth removed due to trauma, decay, or infection, you may consider having a dental implant, partial dentures, or a bridge. Speak to your surgeon about these options.
Is my tooth extraction covered by my insurance? How expensive is tooth extraction?
The best way to know if your dental procedure is covered by health insurance is to closely read your policy or call your insurance company. However, generally speaking, most tooth extraction procedures are covered by dental insurance. Certain types of tooth extractions may even be covered by your medical health insurance. The cost of your tooth extraction depends upon the details of your medical history and the procedure itself. Multiple tooth extractions and impacted tooth extractions are more expensive. General anesthesia is also more costly than other forms of sedation. Our skilled staff can help you answer a wide range of questions concerning your insurance coverage and payment plan.
Will I be awake during my tooth extraction? Will it hurt?
The type of anesthesia used during your tooth extraction will be discussed at your consultation. You may receive local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending upon your procedure and your own comfort levels. No matter which type of anesthesia you decide upon, your operation will be painless. While patients often report soreness, swelling, and tenderness after the extraction, our medical team will make sure that you feel minimum discomfort with either over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.