Tooth Extractions – Gorham, ME
Remove Problem Teeth & Restore Your Healthy Smile
There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth. That’s why we do everything we can to keep your smile happy, healthy, and intact for a lifetime. However, there are certain situations where a tooth needs to be removed in order to protect your oral and overall health. At Morgan-Hill Dental Care, we provide quick and comfortable tooth extractions in Gorham to remove problem teeth and restore your healthy smile as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has a severely damaged or painful tooth, contact our office right away to schedule a same-day emergency appointment.
Why Choose Morgan-Hill Dental Care For Tooth Extractions?
- #1 Calming & Comfortable Sedation Dentistry Options Available
- #2 Multiple Types Of Treatments to Replace Missing Teeth
- #3 Same-Day Appointments for Dental Emergencies
When Is Tooth Extraction Recommended?
Rest assured that your Gorham emergency dentist doesn’t suggest tooth extractions lightly. It’s only recommended when absolutely essential for your health and there are no other viable treatments that can save your tooth. Commonly, this includes situations like:
- When a tooth is so badly damaged it cannot be repaired.
- When a tooth is so severely decayed or infected it cannot be rescued.
- When gum disease has irreparably weakened the bone structure that supports the tooth.
- When more room is required in your mouth for a new denture or orthodontic treatment.
- When a baby tooth is preventing a permanent tooth from coming in.
- When a third molar (wisdom tooth) is trapped beneath the gumline.
Understanding the Tooth Extraction Procedure
First and foremost, your Gorham dentist will thoroughly inspect your mouth and look for alternative solutions. If none are found and you both agree that extraction is the best way to move forward, the procedure can begin. We’ll apply a local anesthetic to completely numb the area and ease any discomfort you may be in. If you’re feeling particularly anxious or overwhelmed, we may offer calming sedation dentistry options so you can sit back and relax while we care for your smile.
There are two methods of extracting teeth: simple and surgical. Simple extraction can be used for teeth that have erupted from the gum tissue and can be removed in one piece. We’ll gently rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches from its supportive structures and slips out of the socket. If your tooth is trapped beneath the gumline or has been broken into several pieces, a surgical extraction will be needed. We’ll open up the gum tissue, remove the tooth, and stitch up the extraction site with dissolvable stitches.
Healing After Tooth Extraction
We’ll give you specific instructions for how to care for your unique smile after your tooth extraction. To ensure a fast and comfortable recovery period, we will typically suggest that you:
- Relax and avoid physical activities for the following 24 hours.
- Take prescribed medication and over-the-counter pain relievers as instructed.
- Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack or cold compress for 10-15 minutes at a time.
- Rinse with warm saltwater several times a day to protect the extraction site from infection.
- Stick to a diet of soft, nutritious foods for at least 48 hours.
- Don’t smoke, don’t drink with a straw, and don’t forget to brush the extraction site gently.
At Morgan-Hill Dental Care, we’ll do everything we can to help prevent the need for a tooth extraction. However, should you need to have a problematic tooth removed for the good of your oral and overall health, we have the experienced and state-of-the-art equipment needed to help. If you still have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away.
Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are not always so cut and dry. Depending on a few key factors regarding your specific circumstance, your costs may be higher or lower on the day of your treatment. For that reason, it’s important to think about what these factors are so you can be as prepared as possible ahead of your procedure. Some of the most notable points to keep in mind include the number of teeth being removed and where it is located.
Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost
Before we can determine how much your extraction will cost, we will need to perform a detailed examination of your tooth to learn more about its current condition. During this exam, we can confirm the following ahead of your procedure:
- Whether or not an extraction is the best option for your tooth (we always want to salvage natural teeth whenever possible)
- The number of teeth in need of examination
- The location of the tooth that is experiencing issues and the level of damage it has sustained
- How difficult it will be to remove the tooth (it’s easier to remove a tooth that is fully exposed vs. a tooth that is trapped underneath gum tissue)
Additionally, our office wants to remain as proactive as possible when it comes to your oral health. That means we’ll also confirm which treatment would be most appropriate to replace your tooth after it has been extracted.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Dental insurance will typically cover the cost of tooth extractions up to 50% once you’ve paid off your deductible. Keep in mind this is typically the case for wisdom tooth removal as well, however, there can be limits on how many teeth you can have removed. There also may be a waiting period you’ll need to fulfil before your coverage applies. Dental insurance plans can widely vary in terms of their stipulations and coverage, so make sure you speak with your insurance company beforehand as well as our team for additional clarification.
Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable
If you do not have a dental insurance plan at this time, you will need to consider alternative solutions to pay for your tooth extraction. For example, enrolling into a third-party financing option like CareCredit allows you to pay for dental services over a longer period every month. These payments often come with little to no interest attached, making them easier to fit into a budget.
We also provide prepayment discounts on services in excess of $250 that are paid in full and when making your appointment two weeks prior to your scheduled procedure. The Denvantage plan can also help you save additional money on dental care, allowing you to allocate more funds towards your tooth removal.
Got a question about paying for your tooth extraction? Please give us a call and our team will help however we can!
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Have you been told that you’re in need of a tooth extraction in Gorham? You may still have some unanswered questions about the procedure, so we’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about tooth extractions. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. Our friendly team is eager to answer your questions to help you feel more prepared about your upcoming treatment.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they are worried that the procedure will hurt. The good news is that the first step of a tooth extraction is always going to be numbing the area with a local anesthetic. While you shouldn’t feel any pain during your procedure, you are likely to experience some soreness afterwards. Follow your aftercare instructions closely in order to prevent infection and promote healing. If discomfort worsens, give us a call!
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If the tooth that is getting pulled is towards the back of the mouth, many patients think that they don’t need to have it replaced. After all – no one can see it! The truth is that your teeth do so much more than just add to your appearance. Having just one missing back tooth can make it difficult for you to chew, leading to poor nutrition and indigestion. Since your tongue uses your teeth to help you speak, having a missing tooth can result in a lisp. After your mouth has finished healing, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to discuss which tooth replacement is right for you.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
Tobacco products can delay the healing process after and extraction, so you will not be able to smoke immediately. It is recommended that you abstain from smoking for at least five days after your procedure. However, if you are able, you should avoid smoking for two weeks. If you have had difficulty quitting in the past, let us know so we can help you prepare in advanced.
How Long After a Tooth Extraction Can I Get Dentures?
It usually takes around six to eight weeks to get your dentures. Once you have healed completely, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth which will be used to craft your restoration. During this time, they will make note of the ideal size, shape, and shade of your replacement teeth, which the lab artisans will follow to create the perfect dentures for you. Once they are created, your dentist will have you try them on and teach you how to care for them properly.