Tooth Extraction Frequently Asked Questions
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Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?
At Pelican Landing Dental, we believe in making sure our patients are completely comfortable before any procedure. We are happy to provide oral conscious sedation to help you become more relaxed during your visit as well as local anesthesia to numb the area around your problematic tooth. This will ensure you feel no pain during your procedure and will remain in an advanced state of relaxation. It is important to know that you will need someone to escort you to and from your appointment, as it can take several hours for the effects of sedation to wear off. Once you are at home recovering, you may feel some soreness and mild to moderate pain; however, you can take any prescribed medication provided to you by our team or over-the-counter medication to alleviate discomfort.
Do I Need to Replace My Tooth After Having It Extracted?
This depends on the type of tooth you are having removed. If you are undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction, no, you will not need to seek additional treatment to replace these teeth. However, if you are having any other tooth removed, you and your dentist in Bonita Springs must discuss available tooth replacement solutions to complete your smile. Allowing missing teeth to remain untreated can result in additional bone and tooth loss as well as a misalignment of your bite. Your natural teeth will attempt to shift, which can lead to a wide range of oral health problems.
Why Can’t I Smoke After Having a Tooth Removed?
Smoking is strictly prohibited after having a tooth extracted because of the high risk of developing a dry socket. It can cause the blood clot to dislodge, resulting in immense pain and necessary treatment for your dry socket. You might also experience high blood pressure, dizziness, an infection, and a lengthier recovery process.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of My Tooth Extraction?
It is not uncommon for dental insurance companies to pay for a portion of your tooth extraction, but it is important that you speak to a representative to determine if you have met your deductible or annual maximum. This will determine how much you can expect to pay out of pocket for your procedure. If you need assistance, our team is here to work on your behalf with the insurance company, filing any necessary paperwork or claims. We will also discuss alternative payment methods, one of which is CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low and no interest payment plans to eligible individuals undergoing complex dental treatment.