Tooth Extractions – Bensalem, PA
Safe, Comfortable and
Effective Tooth Removal
At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, we want to do everything possible to ensure that your natural teeth have a chance to be saved if that opportunity appears. However, there are instances where a tooth can be too damaged or decayed to save. In this case, we will take all the steps to ensure your comfort and plan your treatment for removing any and all problematic teeth that put your oral health at risk. Your comfort is our number-one priority, so you can expect us to make sure you feel prepared before we begin your treatment.
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Bensalem for Tooth Extractions?
- Modern Dental Technology Ensures Best Treatment Planning
- Dental Implant Placement Available In-House
- Dentists with Many Years of Experience
When Do I Need an Extraction?
At Perfect Smiles, our first choice is never to extract a tooth outright. However, if a tooth has been severely damaged by decay to the point where neither a filling, crown or root canal cannot save it, extraction is the only way to prevent the infection from spreading and restore your oral health. Furthermore, if a tooth is fractured and the crack extends below the gum line, it will likely need to be extracted.
Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?
We always make sure to not only administer local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue, but make sure you feel prepared for your treatment and have all of your questions answered so you feel comfortable. Once the anesthetic has had a chance to take effect, you should not feel anything during the extraction process. Keep in mind that allowing the problematic tooth to stay in your mouth is more likely to lead to more discomfort, not less.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Will it hurt to have a tooth extracted? Will the procedure be covered by my dental insurance? What will recovery be like after an extraction? These are just a few of the many questions Dr. Gutman and our team are continually asked by patients preparing for a tooth extraction in Bensalem. We know this process can seem a bit daunting or overwhelming, but the truth is that we would not recommend it if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. To help you better prepare for your upcoming procedure, you will find a list of commonly asked questions with their corresponding answers. If you have any additional questions about your upcoming extraction, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment.
Are there risks involved with a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions are highly successful when completed by a licensed and trained dental professional; however, as it is with any type of procedure, there are risks involved. Although unlikely, there is a chance you could develop:
- An infection
- Temporary pain
- The potential for a dry socket
To minimize the risk of these problems, it is advised that you follow all the designated guidelines our team provides to you before and after your surgical procedure. This will ensure you have a swift and successful recovery.
Is it necessary to replace a tooth after it has been extracted?
Depending on the type of tooth you have extracted, you may or may not need to have it replaced. Wisdom teeth extractions do not require that you replace these teeth. Why? Because they’re not necessary when it comes to maintaining the full functionality of your mouth. At one time, these third molars were vital in helping early humans consume more dense foods. However, as humans and diets evolved, the jawbone became narrower, causing these teeth to no longer be necessary.
If you have any other tooth extraction, no matter the reason (i.e., facial trauma, orthodontics, severe toothache dental emergency, etc.), it will be necessary to discuss tooth replacement options after you are fully healed.
What can I expect during recovery?
Every patient is different. The type of extraction you have performed will determine how much time you will need to spend recovering at home. Simple extractions that involve removing a tooth that is fully erupted may not require that you spend weeks recovering, but if you have a surgical extraction, which involves removing a tooth that is underneath the gums, you may be expected to spend at least one week healing at home. No matter the type of extraction, you’ll need to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and follow the guidelines of your emergency dentist in Bensalem as closely as possible. This means not using a straw or spitting, as it could dislodge your blood clot and cause a dry socket, and not smoking during the healing process. You’ll also need to be mindful of eating only soft foods in the first few days and continuing your oral hygiene routine.
Will dental insurance pay for my tooth extraction?
There is a good chance your dental insurance company will agree to pay a portion of the cost, but it ultimately comes down to your deductible and how much of your annual maximum remains. Since these are typically viewed as major restorative procedures, your insurer will likely cover between 50-70% of the total cost. This means your out-of-pocket expenses will be less, especially if you see an in-network provider. Should you not have insurance or need help paying the remaining balance after filing with insurance, you can inquire about flexible financing.