Dental Extractions In Westfield

What Are Dental Extractions?

Dental extractions are the best option for eliminating pain and preventing further dental complications due to severely-damaged teeth. For example, if you have an infected tooth that’s severely damaged, it may not be possible to save it with a root canal, and an extraction may be recommended instead. At Harmony Dentistry, Dr. Jessica Barton and our team offer gentle, pain-free dental extractions in Westfield. Contact us now to learn more, and find out if dental extractions are right for you.

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About 13% of people between the ages of 65-74 have lost all of their teeth, and at age 75, this increases to about 26% of people.

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The Dental Extraction Process

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Preparing the site

To begin the process, Dr. Barton will clean and numb your mouth. We also offer sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable at Harmony Dentistry. With sedation, it’s easier to get through your appointment without anxiety, fear, or discomfort.

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Tooth loosening and extraction

Once the treatment area is numb, Dr. Barton will use a tool called a dental elevator to loosen your tooth in the socket. Then, once the tooth’s connection to your mouth is loose enough, she will grasp the tooth and pull it out with a pair of dental forceps.

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Cleaning and suturing

Finally, Dr. Barton will clean up, disinfect, and suture the treatment area to protect it and ensure proper healing. Then, she will repeat this process if you’re having multiple teeth extracted.

Types Of Extractions We Offer

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Basic Extractions

Basic extractions are the simplest type of extraction, and follow the process outlined above. They're usually used to remove teeth that are severely damaged, and cannot be restored with an alternative treatment. For example, if you break a tooth due to a slip and fall or some other type of oral trauma, it may not always be possible to save it with a crown, and it may require extraction.

However, dental extractions are always our last resort option at Harmony Dentistry. Our goal is to protect and restore your natural teeth whenever possible, and Dr. Barton will only recommend an extraction if she truly believes it is necessary.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

The wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths, but they emerge much later than our other teeth, usually between the ages of 17-25. Because they come in so much later, the wisdom teeth can cause lots of oral health issues, like an increased risk of gum infections, tooth decay, jaw pain, and more.

If you don't have space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, they may need to be extracted. However, not everyone needs wisdom teeth extractions. Some people can keep their wisdom teeth without any issues. Wondering if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted in Westfield, IN? The best way to find out is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Barton at Harmony Dentistry.

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Dr. Barton will clean up, disinfect, and suture the treatment area to protect it.

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Have Questions About Dental Extractions? Find Answers Here.

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Does Insurance Cover Dental Extractions?

Yes. Dental extractions are typically considered to be a “medically necessary” treatment. This means that dental insurance policies will cover the cost of extractions up to all applicable policy limits. Coverage varies depending on your policy, of course, so we recommend consulting your policy documents or getting in touch with your dental insurance company for more details.

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What is a dental extraction and when is it necessary?

A dental extraction, commonly referred to as tooth pulling, is a procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket in the bone. This procedure is typically necessary when a tooth is damaged beyond repair, either due to severe decay, disease, or trauma. Dentists, like Dr. Jessica Barton at Harmony Dentistry, always strive to save natural teeth, but sometimes, an extraction is the best course of action to maintain overall oral health.

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What can I expect during a dental extraction at Harmony Dentistry?

At Harmony Dentistry, we prioritize patient comfort and safety. Dental extractions are performed under local anesthesia to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Dr. Jessica Barton is an experienced dentist who ensures the extraction is as painless and swift as possible. The procedure involves loosening the tooth and then gently removing it from the socket. Post-procedure instructions will be provided to ensure a smooth recovery.

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How long is the recovery period after a dental extraction?

The recovery period after a dental extraction varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the extraction. Generally, it takes about two weeks for the mouth to heal completely. During this period, it's important to follow all post-procedure instructions provided by Dr. Barton, which may include taking prescribed medications, avoiding certain foods, and maintaining oral hygiene to prevent infection. Regular follow-up appointments will also be scheduled to monitor the healing process and address any concerns promptly.

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Are there any risks associated with dental extractions?

While dental extractions are routine procedures, there are potential risks, such as infection, excessive bleeding, or damage to surrounding teeth or tissues. It’s important to remember that the likelihood of these risks occurring is low and that your dentist will discuss these risks with you and take all necessary precautions to minimize them.

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What is a dry socket, and how can it be prevented after extraction?

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that usually forms after extraction is dislodged or dissolves prematurely, exposing the bone. To prevent dry socket, it's important to follow post-extraction care instructions, including avoiding smoking, using a straw, and maintaining proper oral hygiene.

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Can I eat or drink after a tooth extraction?

Immediately after the extraction, it's recommended to stick to soft, cool foods and avoid hot or spicy items. As the healing progresses, you can gradually reintroduce a normal diet, following your dentist's guidance.

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How long do I need to avoid certain activities after an extraction?

It's advisable to avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after an extraction to minimize the risk of bleeding. Additionally, refraining from smoking, using straws, or vigorous rinsing for a few days helps promote proper healing.

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To begin the process, Dr. Barton will clean and numb your mouth.

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