Dallas Tooth Extractions
Your dentist may recommend that you have a tooth extraction for a number of reasons. The most common reason for a tooth extraction is damage to the tooth structure which cannot be repaired. Severe tooth decay, tooth abscess, a failed root canal or a fractured tooth can be a reason for an extraction. Most dentists will refer their patients to an oral surgeon like Dr. Chilcoat when a surgical tooth extraction is required.
Symptoms of a Damaged Tooth
Patients with a damaged tooth which requires extractions often complain of symptoms which cause them to seek treatment. Some symptoms associated with a severely damaged tooth are:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Sensitivity to sweet foods
- Jaw pain
- Draining abscess
- Crumbling of the tooth structure
Tooth Extraction Procedure
If your dentist has referred you to Dr. Chilcoat for a surgical tooth extraction, you may be feeling nervous or fearful. Anxiety and apprehension about having a tooth extraction is completely normal. Dr. Chilcoat and his Dallas dental surgery team understand your feelings and make a strong effort to help make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your visit.
The first step is to visit with Dr. Chilcoat for a problem-focused examination and a review of your medical history and health status. It is important to be honest with the doctor about medications you are taking and any health conditions you may have. Dr. Chilcoat will perform an oral exam and review your x-rays with you.If your tooth needs to be removed, he will discuss his recommendations with you. Many patients prefer to be placed under IV anesthesia for their tooth extraction procedure. IV anesthesia is often the best way to eliminate any apprehension, discomfort or stress during a tooth extraction.
Dr. Chilcoat will also discuss your options for dealing with the reality of having a missing tooth. He may recommend that your dentist construct a dental bridge, a partial denture or a dental implant replace the missing tooth.
On the day of your surgical tooth extraction, you will be asked to read and sign a consent form giving Dr. Chilcoat and his team permission to perform the planned procedure. It is very important that you take the time to read all the information provided and to have all of your questions answered before the procedure takes place. The surgical procedure itself is very simple and painless for you, and recovery from the IV anesthesia is short. Within minutes of the completion of your extraction, you will be awake, talking and probably even walking around. Most patients are recovered and ready to go home shortly after the surgery is over.
Dr. Chilcoat's patients enjoy scheduling flexibility, easy accessibility and great patient service.
The Cost of Tooth Extraction
The team at Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants works hard to make the cost of tooth extraction affordable for every patient. In addition to being an in-network provider for most PPO dental plans, we will happily file claims to up to two different insurance companies on your behalf. Our "in-network" status often provides you with a fee discount in addition to the typical percentage paid by the insurance company. We will contact your dental benefits provider in advance of your appointment in order to learn about the details of your coverage. For more information on how to get the most out of your dental insurance plan, click this link.
Our practice is committed to keeping our fees fair and reasonable. We take pride in the fact that our fees are below the national average for most oral surgery services. It is important to Dr. Chilcoat that he provides a great value as well as excellent patient care to his patients. Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants understands that more and more patients are now without dental insurance coverage. In order to accommodate these patients, we offer a private pay discount for patients who are paying in full with cash or a check.
If you prefer to have the option of paying over time, you may choose to use your CareCredit account for interest free monthly payments for 6 months. New patients can open a CareCredit account here. Please contact our business office manager regarding evaluation of your payment options on a case by case basis.