About tooth extractions
While cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi makes every attempt to rescue and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances where a tooth or teeth might have to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. This is typically done for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV, our experienced dental team will do all we can to help keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout your treatment and review all of your cosmetic options for restoring your smile. We offer multiple sedation techniques, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation. If you live in the Greater Las Vegas area, reach out to our office today to make an appointment with Dr. Tozzi.
Candidates for tooth extractions
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Tozzi will make every effort to repair it with bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, a tooth might be too damaged and will need to be removed to prevent the decay from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You may also require a simple extraction to remove visible teeth that don't fit in your mouth. In older kids, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may have to be extracted so they don't obstruct the permanent teeth. If you are getting orthodontics or contemplating ClearCorrect aligners, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Tozzi during your initial appointment.
What To Expect during your visit
Simple tooth extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being treated. Other forms of sedation can be used to help you keep you relaxed in case you have some severe dental anxiety. Once the treatment area is prepped, the procedure will begin. In a simple extraction, Dr. Tozzi will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removing it entirely. This generally only takes a few minutes to perform.
Based on the sedation used during your extraction, you might need to have a responsible adult take you home. While your gums heal, you should avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Most patients opt to eat soft, cool food for at least a day or two following their extraction. Dr. Tozzi will speak with you about what is normal during your recovery and the best ways to take care of your mouth. You may experience mild soreness or swelling, but this usually subsides in a few days and it can be eased with a cold compress or over-the-counter medication. A follow-up visit will also be scheduled about a week after your extraction so Dr. Tozzi can check on your healing progress.
An extraction is generally covered by most dental insurances, but your sedation option may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will call your insurance company to review your specific policy and estimate your expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Tozzi can talk to you about the many payments we accept along with information about low-interest medical financing and Smile Advantage.
Simple Tooth Extractions
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or a baby tooth that has not fallen out yet, a simple extraction at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV can help in improving your oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tozzi at our Las Vegas office to find out more about simple tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, inquire about sedation methods to help keep you relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.