Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is generally avoided if possible, but there are instances when extracting a tooth is necessary to preserve your oral health and prevent additional issues from developing.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is generally avoided if possible, but there are instances when extracting a tooth is necessary to preserve your oral health and prevent additional issues from developing.

Tooth Extractions in Port Huron, MI

Tooth extraction is generally avoided if possible, but there are instances when extracting a tooth is necessary to preserve your oral health and prevent additional issues from developing. One of the most common types of tooth extractions performed is removal of wisdom teeth, which is a proactive procedure performed to reduce a patient’s risk of developing oral health issues in the future. Tooth extractions can also be performed for patients with hyperdontia, overcrowding, teeth that are irreparably infected or decayed, or for children who are getting fitted for braces to ensure that their teeth grow straighter.

At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. In addition to offering tooth extractions, our office provides a range of services, ranging from regular periodontal maintenance, laser dentistry protocols, bone grafting procedures, dental implants, and more. Whatever your needs may be, our team is on hand to create a treatment plan designed to improve your oral health. To learn more about tooth extractions, please read below. To schedule an appointment for a tooth extraction or any other procedure, new patients can contact us at (810) 412-1044 and current patients can contact us at (810) 987-1400.

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What to Expect During the Tooth Extraction Process

Prior to performing a tooth extraction, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bite, plaque and bone structure and review your medical and oral health history. It will also likely be necessary to take an X-Ray or other diagnostics to identify underlying issues and determine whether a tooth extraction is necessary. If it is determined that tooth extraction is the best treatment option for you, the procedure will typically include the following steps:

  • A local anesthetic and/or dental sedation is administered to reduce pain, discomfort, and/or anxiety during the procedure.
  • The tooth extraction process will begin with the tooth being elevated, and then removed using forceps. During this process, you should expect to feel some pressure, but the anesthetic and/or sedation to minimize or eliminate pain.
  • If the tooth being extracted has broken off within the gums or has not erupted, it will be necessary to first make an incision into the gum line to access the tooth, after which it can be removed using forceps or be cut into sections and removed in pieces.
  • Once extracted, tooth socket preservation may be performed to prevent the socket from closing, and in certain cases, a dental implant can be placed immediately after. If the implant is being placed at a later date, gauze is placed over the socket to control bleeding and the healing process can begin.

How Much Does Tooth Extraction Cost?

At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.

If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today.

For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and financing.

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Aftercare Instructions Following Tooth Extraction

Following a tooth extraction, it Is essential that you closely follow aftercare instructions provided by your periodontist. In addition to following these instructions, additional steps you can take to minimize post-procedural issues include:

  • Discomfort or pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain relieving medication. Follow recommended dosages, and if prescribed painkillers, take as directed until the prescription runs out.
  • Swelling can be controlled by placing ice packs over the affected area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. It is important to not leave the ice pack on for too long, as doing so reduces blood flow, which can slow the healing process.
  • Avoid using a straw, rinsing, or spitting for 24 hours.
  • Do not brush or floss for the first 24 hours. When you resume your oral hygiene routine, practice gentle brushing techniques as the area heals. You may begin flossing your natural teeth, but do not use floss on the dental implant.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods and follow a soft food diet (yogurt, pudding, applesauce, soup) for at least one week. You may begin to slowly reintroduce harder foods as discomfort subsides and healing progresses.
  • Rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 48 hours, possibly longer depending on the severity of your case.

If the underlying reason for tooth extraction is due to periodontal disease, it is important to improve your level of self-care moving forward to reduce your risk of needing similar procedures in the future. Schedule regular periodontal maintenance every six months or with greater frequency depending upon the severity of your case. While these regular appointments are important, the type of self-care you follow at home is even more important. In addition to brushing and flossing twice daily, eat healthy, avoid use of tobacco, and take efforts to avoid being sedentary and reducing high levels of stress, as both are linked as underlying causes of periodontal disease. By making a commitment to following a consistent oral health routine and living a healthy lifestyle, you will significantly reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease and enjoy improved overall oral and physical health.

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Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for life. Whether this can be achieved with dental implants, bone grafting procedures, laser dentistry protocols, or other periodontal services, we will work to ensure you can maintain that beautiful smile for years to come.

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At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.

If you have additional questions about the tooth extraction process or would like to schedule an appointment, new patients can contact us at (810) 412-1044 and current patients can contact us at (810) 987-1400 .

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