Tooth Extractions in Harker Heights, TX

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About Tooth Extractions

At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, our team strives to save natural teeth whenever possible. But in certain instances, removing a tooth with a simple or surgical tooth extraction may offer the best path to better oral health. Simple tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and can be easily removed from the jaw. A surgical extraction approach is generally taken when teeth are impacted, such as wisdom teeth, or are more difficult to remove from the mouth. From tooth infections to retained baby teeth, our Harker Heights, TX dentists offer exceptional extraction care to meet the needs of children and adults. Contact our practice today for more on tooth extraction procedures for you or your family. We are dedicated to making your visit as pleasant as possible and may provide nitrous oxide sedation to further enhance your comfort.

Who Is a Candidate for a Tooth Extraction?

Adults, teenagers, and younger children may all be candidates for tooth extractions. Baby teeth that fail to fall out on their own may need to be removed to allow the permanent teeth to erupt. Adolescents who need orthodontic care may benefit from having a few teeth extracted to make space for proper tooth alignment. Teens and young adults may require the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, which are commonly performed between the ages of 17 – 21. Simple or surgical tooth extractions may be necessary to address other oral health concerns as well, such as abscessed teeth or severe tooth decay, fractured teeth, and advanced bone loss resulting from periodontal disease.

What To Expect During Treatment

Tooth extraction procedures are carried out in our state-of-the-art dental facility under local anesthetic. We regard your family's comfort and care as our top priority and may suggest nitrous oxide sedation to help ease any dental worries. If a simple extraction is needed, one of our skilled dentists will gently loosen the tooth from the surrounding bone and lift it out of the socket. Surgical extractions require our team to make incisions in the gums in order to fully access the tooth. In some instances, we may section the tooth into small segments to make it easier to remove while keeping adjacent tissues intact. After your tooth has been extracted, sutures may be placed to help your gums heal properly.

Recovery Following Tooth Removal

Following your tooth extraction, our clinical staff will explain how to best care for your mouth as you recover. You should avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting for a few days, particularly in instances of wisdom tooth extractions. One of our dentists may prescribe antibiotics to treat any infection or recommend pain medication to help alleviate post-treatment discomfort or swelling. We may recommend follow-up visits and encourage you to schedule routine dental visits at ACE Dental of Harker Heights so our dental team can track your oral health following your extraction procedure. If a functional tooth was removed from your jaw, one of our dentists can also help you choose a tooth replacement option to meet your needs.

Insurance Coverage for Extractions

Simple and surgical tooth extractions may be partially covered under some dental insurance plans. We will contact your provider to learn about your tooth extraction and sedation dentistry coverage. If you have any personal costs for your care, please talk with our team about the affordable payment solutions accepted at ACE Dental of Harker Heights. We take pride in offering competitive rates to help make quality dental care accessible to patients in our community.

Tooth Extractions May Offer Better Oral Health

Our caring team realizes that removing a tooth might not be your preferred treatment option for your smile. In some instances, however, tooth extraction is the ideal way to improve your dental health. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, our dentists take a very caring approach to tooth extractions, whether it is to relieve wisdom tooth pain, remove decayed teeth, or address other needs. To learn more about your extraction and tooth replacement options, please get in touch with our Harker Heights, TX practice today.

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