Basic or “simple” extractions are used to remove fully-erupted teeth. They may be used to extract teeth that have been damaged by an oral injury, severe tooth decay, or gum disease. This type of extraction may also sometimes be used to remove fully-erupted wisdom teeth or to prepare you for another treatment, like dentures or dental implants.
Wisdom teeth extractions are done to remove unhealthy wisdom teeth. In most people, these emerge when they’re between 17-25 years old. However, many people don’t have enough space in their mouths for this final set of four molars. This can damage the nearby teeth, lead to a higher risk of tooth infections, and cause a lot of other complications. For this reason, the wisdom teeth are often removed when they start to erupt.
About 20% to 25% of the population never get one or more of their wisdom teeth, and about 35% of people will never develop any wisdom teeth at all!
If your wisdom teeth are not growing properly and you experience symptoms like pain in the rear of your mouth, jaw stiffness, or excessive bleeding or gum inflammation, you may need to have them removed.
Teeth that are broken or knocked loose by dental trauma may need to be extracted and replaced.
If root canals and other such treatments can’t be used to restore decayed or infected teeth, tooth extractions are the only remaining option.
Teeth that have been significantly damaged by chronic gum disease may need to be pulled to help control the infection and relieve pain and discomfort.
No matter what type of extraction you need, Dr. Allon will begin by cleaning and numbing the treatment area. We also offer sedation with nitrous oxide to keep you feeling comfortable.
Once your mouth is fully numb, the treatment will begin. If you need a basic or “simple” extraction for a fully-erupted tooth, Dr. Allon will use special tools to loosen the ligament that holds your tooth into the socket. Then, she will pull out the tooth using special dental forceps.
If you have an impacted (not fully erupted) wisdom tooth, a complex surgical extraction will be required. In this procedure, Dr. Allon will open up the gum tissue near the tooth. Then, the tooth will be cut into small pieces with special dental tools, and extracted through this opening.
Once your procedure is over and the tooth has been removed, the area will be fully cleaned and disinfected, then sutured shut to ensure proper healing.
Dr. Allon will give you a comprehensive set recovery instructions after your procedure at DentAllon Dentistry. Our top tip is to follow these to the letter. They will include everything you need to know about healing and recovering.
In addition, we recommend you take a day or two off of work after your procedure so that you can relax and heal. You’ll also need to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for at least a week, so prepare accordingly.
Teeth can be brightened up to 10 shades in a single in-office teeth whitening session. It’s also the most popular cosmetic dental treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry can solve just about any dental issue that’s related to the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening is obviously used to treat stained teeth and can help you look younger. Bonding, shaping, and contouring can repair misshapen and uneven teeth, or treat minor tooth damage, such as chips or breaks. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes, too. Treatments as versatile as veneers or Lumineers can often be used to treat all the previously mentioned issues as well as correcting gaps between teeth, more severe tooth staining, and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.
As long as your teeth and gums are healthy and you’re free of any major orthodontic issues, you’re likely a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Oppositely, cosmetic treatment is not right for you if you have oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. You’ll need restorative care or orthodontic treatment to resolve these problems before you can get cosmetic dental treatment. But often, restorative care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Yes. While this does depend on the type of treatment that’s right for you, it’s quite common to have multiple cosmetic dental procedures done at the same time. Dental bonding and enameloplasty, for example, are often done in the same appointment. Ask your dentist for more information, and to find out if you can have multiple procedures done at once.
It’s rare for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance. These procedures are often listed as elective and not necessary to the health of your smile. In some cases, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost of treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. In most cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. Contact your insurer for more details on your dental insurance coverage. Then contact our practice to see if we have any available discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.
Cosmetic treatments and restorative dentistry are often used in combination to transform patients’ smiles.