Tooth Extractions

When the oral surgeons of Buck and Phillips determine that a tooth is nonrestorative due to the severity of decay or damage, they may recommend a tooth extraction to completely remove the affected tooth.

Types of Tooth Extractions

Before performing a tooth extraction, the oral surgeons at Buck and Phillips will conduct a thorough exam to determine the shape, size, location, and position of the problem tooth. Based on the situation, they will recommend a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. In a simple extraction, the surgeon removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline, easily accessible, and able to be extracted in one piece. A surgical extraction is a more invasive procedure that can require making an incision into the surrounding tissue and sectioning the tooth into smaller pieces to remove.

For some, tooth extractions may create a level of anxiety, but know, there are several options to ease your pain and anxiousness. Local anesthesia, a combination of nitrous oxide and local anesthesia, or general anesthesia can be used in many cases.

Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

An oral surgeon may perform tooth extractions for a number of reasons:

  • Cavities
  • Irreparable tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Bone loss around the teeth
  • Dental infections
  • Trauma to the teeth or the surrounding bone
  • Improperly positioned teeth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth
  • Preparation for dental prosthetics or braces
  • Baby teeth that have not fallen out at the appropriate age

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

A missing tooth makes it difficult to bite, chew, and speak—and often causes neighboring teeth to shift out of alignment due to the lack of structural support provided by the removed tooth. To prevent this from occurring, the oral surgeons of Buck and Phillips will typically follow a tooth extraction with restorative cosmetic procedures, such as dental implants, or recommend a dental bridge placed by the patient’s dentist. A dental implant consists of a titanium abutment or support post, that is installed into your jaw to form a foundation for either a replacement tooth or a dental bridge. Often used when more than one tooth has been extracted, a dental bridge is a cemented dental prosthetic that connects an artificial tooth or a set of artificial teeth to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Can I Go to the Emergency Room to Get a Tooth Pulled?

A simple answer: NO. Every year, more than 800,000 Americans visit an emergency room to deal with a dental concern rather than contacting a dental office. The emergency room will simply call us to schedule an appointment for you. They do not have dental instruments in the emergency room and are not equipped for this procedure. In a 2017 study published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, researchers conducted an analysis of more than 400 million ER visits from 2005 to 2011 and discovered that toothache was the number one complaint that caused patients to visit the ER, accounting for 3.9% of visits. Problems with the teeth or jaw constitute the top-ranking “avoidable” ER visit in Birmingham, AL, meaning the patient was discharged without receiving treatment or diagnostic tests (such as x-rays and blood tests), or medications.

How Does an Emergency Room Handle a Dental Condition?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of emergency departments in the country are not properly equipped to treat dental issues and rarely have an emergency dentist on staff. Furthermore, it is actually illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform dental procedures, including tooth extractions. Most patients in Birmingham, AL are given minimum basic care in the form of antibiotics that offer temporary relief from the symptoms and try to stop the spread of infection until treatment from an oral surgeon can be completed. Typically, most dental conditions that cause patients to visit the ER can be prevented with regular check-ups and proper oral hygiene.

Why Should I Avoid an Emergency Room Visit for a Dental Issue?

Because most health insurance carriers do not feature dental coverage, patients visiting an ER with a dental issue will face an average hospital bill of $765 only to experience inadequate care and be referred to a dentist for long-term treatment. Choosing to visit an ER amounts to incurring an exorbitant bill without receiving sufficient care, and often a single ER visit can cost as much as years of preventative treatment. To have a tooth extraction in Birmingham, Alabama, your only option is to schedule an appointment with a dentist or an oral surgeon who can make an accurate diagnosis, determine your needs, and perform any necessary procedures. If a tooth is so painful that causes a patient to want to visit an emergency room, most of the time the tooth is so bad, it needs to be extracted.

Tooth Extractions in Birmingham, Alabama

If you are experiencing dental pain from damaged or decayed teeth or an impacted wisdom tooth, forego an expensive and ultimately unhelpful visit to the emergency room by contacting Buck and Phillips Oral Surgery in Birmingham, AL. An untreated dental issue not only causes pain and reduced function, but it will also continue to worsen over time and require more extensive, costly treatment. Our expert team provides comprehensive, compassionate, and personalized patient care, offering a full range of services and the best oral surgery in Birmingham, Alabama. We know many patients suffer from dental anxiety, so we maintain a strong commitment to making your experience as comfortable and painless as possible. To discuss your treatment options, contact us online today. .