About Tooth Extraction and Wisdom Teeth Removal
In cases of severe pain or infection, a tooth that cannot be saved with a root canal may need to be removed in order to treat the infection and end discomfort. Emergency extractions may need to be performed in the case of trauma or injury. Wisdom teeth extractions are usually a planned surgical procedure that is done to prevent further shifting of the teeth. If the tooth is visible above the gum line, a simple extraction may be performed to pull the tooth out. At Houston Heights Dentistry, Dr. Neela Patel will determine if a tooth extraction is required by using digital x-rays and a dental examination. However, extractions should be a procedure of last resort - you should always try to save a natural tooth to preserve bone structure and prevent other teeth from shifting to fill the gap created. If you do choose to extract a tooth, you should fill the gap with an implant (ideally) or a bridge as soon as possible.
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"Dr. Neela Patel and Staff - WOW! - Dr. Neela Patel identified and fixed all of my issues to the point of research and recommendations, she takes the time to explain every procedure she is going thorough and when explaining the process she is professional and has a naturally lovely personality. No pain or issues with my extractions, fillings, crown, etc. In my opinion she went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure I understood what I should do with my teeth/mouth health so I do not have future health risks.I would recommend Dr. Patel to everyone. She is the best dentist I have ever had.I never thought I would say I loved a Dental Experience, but, I did. Dominique"- D.W. / SmileReminder / Feb 25, 2016
"Dr. Patel is an excellent dentist. - Dr. Patel is a well trained dentist who has availed to her patients state of the art technology that greatly enhances her ability to render the very best dental service. The staff is very professional and courteous. I have had painless extractions and fillings done here, as well as my dental maintenance. I highly recommend her."- M.S. / SmileReminder / Mar 22, 2018
"I am happy to write this letter today to recognize Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry. Dr. Patel is an exceptionally talented dentist who is committed to providing her patients with the best dental care in the area. Houston Heights Dentistry is the place to go for all your dental needs. It offers a wide range of services including dental examinations, cleanings, sealants, bad breath therapy, tooth extractions and more. Dr. Patel is a highly-skilled dentist who is dedicated to provider her clients with exceptional dental services. She conducts herself with the utmost professionalism at all times and truly cares about each of her patient's dental health. She also works to educate her patients so that they can continue healthy habits at home. I am confident in saying that you are in good hands when under the care of Dr. Patel. If you're in need of dental care, I highly recommend Dr. Neela Patel at Houston Heights Dentistry. She will provide you with quality care you need so you can be confident in the health of your teeth."- T.L / Office Visit / Oct 18, 2019
Tooth Extraction and Wisdom Teeth Removal - What to Expect
For a simple extraction, a local anesthetic is usually given to numb the gums before Dr. Patel loosens and removes the full tooth from the jawbone. The tooth will be carefully separated from the gum tissue and ligaments before the socket is cleaned and closed. For a surgical extraction, a patient may be given local anesthesia with sedation or IV sedation with an anesthesiologist. To remove the tooth, Dr. Patel must surgically cut through the gums and bone. In some cases, the tooth will be cut into pieces for easier extraction. Once removed, the socket will be cleaned and stitched closed. Bone grafting is a procedure that is recommended after many surgical extractions to provide faster healing, and to better preserve the bone , and lessen the bone loss. With grafting, the bone is better prepared for an implant, and it also promotes the preservation of bone around the surrounding teeth.
Tooth Extraction & Wisdom Teeth Removal Treatment Aftercare
After an extraction, a blood clot will form in the socket of the removed tooth, which should be kept clean and watched for signs of infection. Over-the-counter pain medication may be suggested for any discomfort after the procedure or the patient will be prescribed pain medication and possibly an antibiotic. Patients will need to follow a soft food or liquid diet for a few days after the extraction. Patients should be careful brushing their teeth to help the socket heal. The gums and bone usually begin to heal 1 – 2 weeks after the extraction, but it takes to six months before the area is fully healed.
Tooth Extraction & Wisdom Teeth Removal Insurance Coverage
If the extraction is a medical necessity, in-network insurance patients typically see 50% of the cost will usually be covered by dental insurance. The coverage and cost may vary based on whether it is a simple or surgical extraction, so our administrative team will confirm the patient's benefits and out-of-pocket cost. Our office offers financing plans and we accept several payment options.
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Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or you need an emergency extraction due to a severe infection or injury, please contact our office to learn more about your options. Dr. Patel and our team at Houston Heights Dentistry can help you with simple or surgical extractions to improve your overall health.