Every tooth in your mouth is vital to your oral health and functions. It can create lasting complications for your dental health and your quality of life if even one is missing. Our number one goal at Green Mountain Dental is to preserve our patients’ natural teeth for as long as possible. Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, sometimes the best option is to have a problem tooth removed. Although having a tooth “pulled” is common, we only recommend it as a last resort. Thankfully, when we do this, we never actually “pull” the tooth. We use the latest techniques and offer sedation dentistry to promote a comfortable and stress-free experience when needing a tooth extraction in South Burlington.
Your permanent teeth are meant to last for a lifetime with the right care over the years; however, there may be a time when we recommend having one removed. Some of the most common reasons we may suggest it include:
Removing a tooth is not a decision that should be made hastily. Instead, it is an option that is carefully considered after an extensive examination and consultation with your dentist in Burlington. If we determine that the removal of your tooth is the best solution, you will be scheduled for one of two extraction methods:
A simple extraction is used to remove a tooth that is fully visible above the gum line. A local anesthetic or sedative is used to minimize any discomfort you may experience. A special dental instrument gently lifts the tooth to allow as much of its surface as possible to be grabbed. The elevator loosens the tooth from the alveolar bone and breaks the periodontal ligament tissue to allow forceps to extract it.
When a tooth is partially or fully under the gum tissue, a surgeon performs an oral extraction to remove it. While under sedation, the gum tissue is opened to fully expose the tooth. In some cases, connective tissue and bone may need to be removed to gain access to it. The tooth is broken into several small pieces, which makes it easier to take out. The gum tissue is sutured closed to allow the socket to heal.
The recovery usually takes a few days. It may take a bit longer if you needed a surgical extraction. During the healing process, it is important to minimize your discomfort and your risk of infection. To help promote a complication-free recovery, it is best to:
Most people do not have any complications; however, contact our office right away if you experience:
Our dentists at Green Mountain Dental want to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible, but when instances occur that require a tooth extraction in South Burlington, it may be necessary in order to protect your oral health. Our team has pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions to help patients feel more at ease about the idea of having a tooth removed. Should you need clarification or have additional questions, please contact us.
Depending on the type of sedation or anesthesia you choose, it may or may not be necessary to have someone drive you home after your procedure. If you receive local anesthesia, there is a very good chance you will be able to drive yourself to and from the dentist office. However, if you opt for general anesthesia or sedation, it is necessary that you have someone drop you off and pick you up. Sometimes, the effects of the sedation or anesthesia take longer to wear off, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution and have someone else take care of the driving.
Much of this depends on why your tooth is being removed in the first place. If it is a wisdom tooth extraction, there are no additional procedures needed. If the tooth being removed is severely decayed or damaged, it will be necessary to discuss restorative options with a dentist in South Burlington. Some of these options may include:
You and one of our dentists can discuss your options to determine which solution is right for you.
Typically, a dry socket, which is the breakdown of a blood clot existing in the extraction site, occurs within 3-5 days after your tooth is removed. You might experience pain, a bad odor or taste, as well as bad breath should one occur. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary that you do not smoke after your procedure, maintain good oral hygiene, and don’t overexert yourself. It is important that you rest as much as possible after having a tooth extracted.
It depends on your individual dental insurance plan as to whether your tooth extraction will be covered. The best way to find out is to contact your insurance company and ask about your particular plan. If you are unsure who to speak with or how to go about finding out if you’ll be covered, you are welcome to speak with one of our team members who will be happy to contact the insurance company on your behalf. Our team will then discuss how much will be paid by insurance for your tooth extraction.
If you need an extraction, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.