Tooth Extractions Overview
While dentist Dr. Joseph Heher makes every effort to conserve and preserve your natural teeth, there are situations where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted Regardless the reason for needing a tooth extraction at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher, our team will provide you with the best care. Our Salisbury, MD office routinely does extractions using local anesthesia (Novocain), but can also offer nitrous oxide sedation for a nominal additional charge, so you can to remain comfortable and calm during your procedure. Contact our team to learn more or to schedule an assessment with Dr. Heher to improve your oral health.
"Very pleasant visit. Everyone in the office are nice. I would recommend Dr. Heher if you are looking for a new dentist."- P.B. / Google / Nov 07, 2019
"AWESOME DENTIST! I drove to his office in Salisbury from Accomack co., Va...because there are barely any good dentists left on the shore. I was surprised and amazed that they put me in a 2 hr slot to start.. to become a new patient...including consult in his office first, the full set exrays,including a “pan”- full head x-ray, then he performed the Exam, checked every tooth’ pockets for recession with a tool, then I got my cleaning by the hygienist, and the lastly I had a filling replaced,(which looks like a virgin tooth-beautiful job! Oh and part of his “exam” includes hands-on manipulation to test you jaw joints and last but not least got a oral cancer scan with a blu-light! To say I was impressed is an understatement! Highly recommend this dentist, I think he has been in business for over 40 yrs...and it shows! Oh, and one other strange but effective procedure he did,and never had this done before, but wow to get several shots of Novacaine and did NOT feel it.. he used a vibrator on my cheek as he injected the medication. Crazy but it worked! 💜Will be back for sure!!!!( not cheap, but you only have one mouth and one set of teeth!)"- C.M. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"Dr. Heher went in-depth with me at my first exam. Him and all staff made my day as they were kind and professional. Being to three different dentist in the area, I truly feel Dr. Heher was thorough, easy to talk to and ask questions and gentle. His staff and himself definitely make you their priority."- A.B. / Google / Jan 04, 2019
"From start to finish my visit was comfortable, relaxed and informing. The team were professionals in customer service. Everyone made sure I knew what was happening and everything was explained clearly. Can't fault anything, great dentist."- T. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Heher was very calming. I am a white knuckle patient but Dr. Herer and his entire staff made me feel very comfortable. Being new to this area I am so glad to have found a caring dentist. Thank you."- R.E. / Healthgrades / Nov 01, 2019
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
If your tooth has been broken in an accident or damaged from decay, Dr. Heher will make every effort to repair it with bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will need to be extracted to prevent the damage from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You could also need an extraction to remove teeth that are causing crowding in your mouth and affect the appearance of your smile. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be extracted so they don't block the incoming permanent teeth. If you need orthodontic treatment, you may require an extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper position.
What To Expect with Tooth Extractions
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being treated. Nitrous oxide sedation may be used depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. As soon as you are anesthetized, Dr. Heher will begin the extraction by loosening the tooth prior to the actual removal, similar to how you lost baby teeth. Dr. Heher may prescribe antibiotics that should be taken before and/or after the process — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is prolonged, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Tooth Extractions afterwards
While your mouth heals, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. The duration of your recovery process will vary based on the complexity of your dental extraction. Eat soft, cool food and take it easy for the first few days after an extraction. Dr. Heher will discuss what to expect during your recovery and the best ways to care for your mouth. Your mouth may or may not be swollen after the extraction, so Dr. Heher recommends cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication to combat any pain or swelling. Besides any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher for dental examinations and cleanings so Dr. Heher can monitor your dental health after an extraction.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance provider to ascertain your specific coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Heher can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on medical financing.
Simple Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth doesn't have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher can help improve your oral health, relieve discomfort, and in cases of crowded teeth improve your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Heher at his office in Salisbury, MD to learn more about simple tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about nitrous oxide sedation to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.