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Our teeth are supposed to last us a lifetime, but there are certain circumstances where a tooth needs to be pulled.
Dr. Taylor and Dr. Wagner offer tooth extractions in Jonesboro, Arkansas, for those who have a crowded mouth, suffer from infection, have a high risk of infection, suffer from periodontal disease, and are victims of decay.
Tooth Extraction Process
This is a process where your dentist at Taylor-Wagner Family Dentistry will numb your tooth and surrounding area and will also give you a sedative to help you relax during the extraction. Next, the dentist will cut away any gum and bone tissue that is refusing to let go of the tooth. Once the gums and bone are cut away, your dentist will grab the tooth with forceps and gently rock the tooth back and forth, loosening the tooth from the attached ligaments and bone that hold it in place. If the tooth is difficult to pull, your dentist will remove it in pieces.
Once the tooth is pulled, your dentist will clot the blood in the socket and stitch up the wound if it is needed. Now, you need to take good care of that area because we do not want you to suffer from dry socket, which is where the blood clot in the bone socket breaks loose. If this happens, call our office right away.
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Tooth Extractions FAQ
Are tooth extractions painful?
Many people fear that a tooth extraction will be painful so they avoid getting one even when it’s necessary. Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, however, you don’t need to be afraid! Plus, there’s the fact that our Jonesboro dentist’s office always prioritizes patient comfort.
During a tooth extraction, we apply local anesthesia to make sure it’s not a painful process. Then, we have sedative options available as well which will help you feel completely relaxed. Once your tooth extraction is over, you’ll also go home with some guidelines for after-extraction care to minimize any post-surgery discomfort you may feel.
Are tooth extractions covered by insurance?
Yes, many times a dental extraction is one of the procedures covered by insurance, sometimes fully and sometimes only partially. This is in part because tooth removal may be considered a necessary medical treatment, rather than solely for cosmetic purposes. But it’s important to remember that everyone’s coverage is different and you should check your plan with your provider so there are no surprises.
If you’re ever feeling unsure or overwhelmed by the ins and outs of your dental insurance, please don’t hesitate to let our Jonesboro team know. We are well-versed in the process and are happy to do whatever we can to make things smoother for you.
Can I eat after tooth removal?
Yes, of course you can eat—but you’ll just need to be careful about what it is you’re eating. You want to let the tooth extraction site heal, so you should stick to soft foods and liquids during your recovery. Mashed potatoes, smoothies, and lukewarm soups are all great options.
If you eat foods that are too crunchy or hard to chew, it could end up irritating the area where the tooth was removed. Remember to keep in mind the temperature too, since foods that are too hot aren’t the best for your healing process!
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