A tooth should be extracted if it is broken or becomes impacted and begins to affect the other teeth, tissues, and structures that surround it. In most cases, a dentist may opt to try and save the tooth, unless it has been damaged beyond repair or has been previously repaired to the extent that additional work would cause further harm. If a tooth is severely abscessed or infected, the dentist may have to wait until a round of antibiotics has been given and the infection has been brought under control. Extracting a tooth that is abscessed can cause the infection to spread throughout the body and cause other health issues.
If a tooth is broken due to an injury or because dental repairs to the tooth have weakened its structure, extracting the remaining portions may be the best bet. When a tooth breaks and a large portion of it still remains above the surface of the gum line, the dentist may be able to pull it using normal extraction methods. If it is broken below the gum line, the dentist may need to use a mild sedative and make a small incision so the roots and the rest of the tooth can be completely extracted. If this occurs, the dentist may choose to implant a small post in the tooth's place so that a dental implant can be added after the area has sufficiently healed.
Dry socket occurs after a tooth has been pulled. The term is used because the wound does not bleed sufficiently to cause a clot to form and allow the healing process to begin. Dry socket can be extremely painful, especially since the socket remains open exposing sensitive tissue and nerves deep inside. The dentist may thoroughly clean the wound and apply a special dressing to the socket that provides moisture and helps to stimulate the healing process. Individuals who experience dry socket in its early stages may have to endure longer healing times. Addressing the issue as quickly as possible helps to lower the risk of infection and improve overall healing.
Prospective patients with no insurance or individuals who will be paying out of pockets are encouraged to call our office at 210-998-3013. Our goal is to ensure we work with you to obtain appropriate affordable quality care.
For more information regarding insurance plans and application processes, our office offers a free service to educate you about various dental insurance plans, their application process, and logistics. We offer this service free for both Medicaid patients and private insurance patients. However, we do require you to call our office to schedule a free ten minutes consult for this.
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