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.
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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
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.
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.
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.