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Tooth Extractions (Simple and Surgical Exodontia, Wisdom Teeth Removal) – Merritt Island, FL *

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Overview

Even though Merritt Island dentist Dr. Dieter Burr makes every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is usually done to get a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth or teeth that haven't erupted over the gums. Surgical extractions are frequently utilized to take out impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. Whatever the reason is for getting an extraction at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry, our staff will give you the best treatment. Our Merritt Island, FL office provides multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide and also oral-conscious sedation, so you can stay calm and comfortable throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our staff for more information or to schedule an exam with Dr. Burr to improve your smile.

Best Candidates

If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Burr can make every attempt to fix it using bonding, a filling, or a crown. Still, a tooth might be too damaged and will have to be removed to stop the decay from spreading and also to conserve the wellness of the rest of the teeth. You may also require a dental extraction  to remove a tooth or teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. Including your next molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow around the ages of 17 – 21 years old. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might have to get extracted so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or contemplating Invisalign, then you might require a tooth extraction to make space for your remaining teeth when they go in their proper place.

What To Expect

Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being removed. Different forms of sedation may be used, based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental worries. Once you're prepared, Dr. Burr will start the extraction. For a simple extraction, Dr. Burr will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction will begin by Dr. Burr making incisions into your gums to reach the tooth. If necessary, the tooth may be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Burr will close the incision in your gums. Dr. Burr can write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following the procedure, based upon the circumstance. This is normally done in case you've got a current illness, your immune system is compromised, the process is going to be extended, or when you have some other special health problems.

Recovery

Based on the method of anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have a responsible adult take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery will vary depending on the complexity of your extraction; however, many patients prefer to eat soft, room-temperature foods for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Burr will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and how to care for your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure, therefore Dr. Burr suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Sometimes, Dr. Burr can give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. In addition to some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry for dental exams and cleanings so Dr. Burr can track your oral health following an extraction.

Insurance Coverage

An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we'll call your insurance company to determine your particular policy and estimate your expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then Dr. Burr can speak with you about the numerous payments we accept and provide additional information about low-interest medical financing.

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Simple and Surgical Extraction

Whether you've got a tooth that's damaged or you do not have space for a tooth, a tooth extraction in Merritt Island Center for Dentistry will help improve your smile and oral health. Make a consultation with Dr. Burr in his office at Merritt Island, FL to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you've got dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation options to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your process.

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