Tooth Extractions – Alamo Ranch, TX
Healthier Foundation For Your Smile
At Alamo Springs Dental, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive services so our patients get the oral health care they need in a practice they’re familiar with. Our dentists, Dr. Aiyana Anderson and Dr. Michele Moreno, have both completed training in advanced surgical procedures, and have experience performing many of the most common oral surgeries. This allows us to provide patients with unparalleled care, and play a larger role in maintain the optimal level of oral health for a lifetime.
Why Choose Alamo Springs Dental for Tooth Extractions?
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Broken Tooth Removal
Patients break teeth playing sports, in accidents, biting into hard foods, or due to dental decay. In some cases, we’re able to salvage remaining dental structure by placing a crown, but when damage is severe, extraction may be necessary. Unlike removing a whole tooth, extracting a broken tooth is more challenging because we must ensure additional trauma to surrounding teeth and gum tissue is resolved and remove numerous broken parts of teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
The most commonly extracted teeth are third molars, wisdom teeth. This tertiary set of molars erupts during the late teens and early twenties. The late development results in many oral health concerns including impacted teeth that are unable to erupt, crowding or lack of space in the jaw, and potential damage to previous orthodontic treatments. We recommend wisdom tooth examination around the age of 12. At this time, an x-ray usually shows the developing teeth allowing us to begin planning appropriate treatment.
There is estimated to be one death every hour caused by oral cancer, and most patients diagnosed with the disease don’t live more than five years. According to the oral cancer foundation, the best way to reduce deaths from oral cancer is to diagnose the disease in its early stages. At our San Antonio dental practice, oral cancer screenings are part of every six-month checkup. If we notice areas of concern during these screenings, we are able to perform biopsies in our office. By eliminating the need for additional appointments with specialists, we are able to diagnose and treat oral cancer more quickly.
For patients who experience anxiety or are in need of a more complex procedure, sedation dentistry is a great way to stay relaxed during treatment. Sedation also provides patients with decreased sensitivity throughout their procedures for a more comfortable overall experience. If you’re interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry and how it can improve your dental care experience, don’t hesitate to ask our team during your next visit, or contact our friendly team with any questions.
Find Out More from Your San Antonio Family Dentist
If you or a loved one are in need of oral surgery following a wisdom tooth eruption, or other concern, let Alamo Spring Dental help. Our friendly team provides the skilled, compassionate care to make you feel at ease from start to finish and put a smile back on your face in no time. Contact your San Antonio family dentist to find out more or schedule a consultation today.
Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions
Knowing how much you can expect to pay for your tooth extraction is something that cannot be determined until you come in to see a member of our team at Alamo Springs Dental. It is during your visit that we will evaluate your problem area and determine the type of removal needed as well as other various factors that contribute to your overall cost. No matter the final total, we will work with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits so that you save the most money.
Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost
Every patient who requires tooth extraction cannot expect to pay the same amount. Each case is different, which is why we evaluate factors that dictate how much you can expect to pay. Some of these components include:
- Where a tooth is located and the type of tooth that it is
- Whether you need a simple or surgical procedure
- If more than one tooth needs to be extracted
- If you require any additional procedures
- The type of tooth replacement you will need (i.e., dental bridge, denture, or dental implant)
This last factor that is considered is one that many patients struggle with the most simply because they are unsure what they will be able to afford. Although they might prefer dental implants, they might assume only dentures or a dental bridge is possible. Our team will work with you to identify which option is best for your smile and how you can achieve the results you desire.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
If you look at your breakdown of benefits, you’ll find that tooth extractions are commonly covered by most dental insurance plans. This means that there is a good chance that your insurer will likely pay anywhere from 50-80% of the total price. If you’re unsure or don’t know how to navigate the terminology of your plan, our team will be happy to help make it a stress-free process.
Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable
If you are uninsured, there are still options that allow you to pursue treatment while keeping it affordable. At Alamo Springs Dental, we are pleased to partner with CareCredit to provide flexible financing options for patients. We also offer an in-house loyalty program that involves paying a one-time, low annual fee so that you can gain access to preventive care and valuable discounts on all other available services.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
The process of tooth extraction in San Antonio is not something most patients prefer to endure; however, it can be a worthwhile and beneficial form of treatment, especially if your oral health is at risk. When learning you must undergo this kind of procedure, we at Alamo Springs Dental want you to be informed about the steps we will take and what you can expect once the procedure is complete. We know you probably have many questions, which is why we invite you to review the following information. If your question is not listed below, please call us so that we can provide you with the answers you need.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Naturally, this is the first question many patients ask, as a fear of pain is usually the main concern. You’ll be pleased to learn, though, that removing a tooth will not cause additional pain. Before the procedure begins, we’ll administer local anesthesia to ensure you experience no discomfort during the extraction process. If necessary, we can also provide sedation dentistry. Once the procedure is complete, it will take time for the anesthesia to wear off. Once it does, you can expect there to be some soreness and minor discomfort. If we prescribe any form of medication, you can take that, or you may use an over-the-counter pain reliever. This should only be temporary.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If you are having a wisdom tooth removed, yes, you can leave the space empty. If you are having any other type of tooth removed, you’ll need to have it replaced. The reason is that your third molars are not necessary for your mouth to work properly; however, if you do not replace one of your other teeth, it can lead to bone and additional tooth loss. This can cause problems with your overall aesthetics and ability to eat and speak.
What Are My Options For Tooth Replacement?
Most dental offices provide three options for tooth replacement: dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. There are many factors that our team will determine before settling on one option or another. It’s important that we evaluate your oral and overall health as well as your jawbone density before moving forward. No matter which method you choose, though, you’ll want to make sure you understand the requirements and commitment needed for each one. Many patients are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth because of their permanence, longevity, and ability to work just like regular teeth.
How Should I Prepare For My Tooth Extraction?
Asking questions is a good place to start when preparing for a tooth extraction. You’ll want to have all the necessary information so that you can feel confident in your decision. Knowing what to do before you arrive on the day of your procedure is important. We’ll be able to provide you with details that address:
- When to cease eating before your appointment
- What to wear so that you are most comfortable
- What might be helpful when it comes to achieving optimal relaxation during your procedure
- Deciding who will bring you and take you home if you plan to undergo sedation