Tooth extraction concept


Surgery Overview

Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.

The best treatment is not needing treatment – if you have healthy teeth and gums! But what if you have a tooth that has decayed or fractured or has been compromised with periodontal disease? Our first priority would be to save the tooth – unlike the treatment you may have received back in the day. But for various reasons, including time and finances, the tooth in question may need to be extracted. Remember, your teeth are there for a reason, even a holistic reason where we now know is associated with your whole body health.

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.

We will make your visit comfortable and as painless as possible but your treatment doesn’t end there. We will discuss your options for replacing your lost tooth and restoring your optimal health, orally and systemically. Losing a tooth has a domino effect – when you lose one, others follow. Your teeth rely on each other for support and function. When both are lost due to an extraction, often teeth nearby will become compromised. We will help restore your proper function by offering you different restorative options such as bridges, implants and/or even orthodontics!

We will ask about your medical and dental histories and take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth.

If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, you may have a panoramic X-ray. This X-ray takes a picture of all of your teeth at once. It can show several things that help to guide an extraction:

  • The relationship of your wisdom teeth to your other teeth.
  • The upper teeth’s relationship to your sinuses.
  • The lower teeth’s relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve. This nerve gives feeling to your lower jaw, lower teeth, lower lip and chin.
  • Any infections, tumors or bone disease that may be present. Antibiotics may need to be taken before and after surgery.



Smile Dental Clinic is happy to extend the courtesy of accepting assignment of benefits from most insurance companies for our existing patients. New patients wanting this courtesy extended to them will need to provide their insurance details prior to securing an appointment with us so that we may verify benefits. Predeterminations may be submitted to the insurance company to verify what the insurance company will pay out on a procedure.

Each year, many clients lose out on hundreds of dollars through their dental insurance provider, simply because time has slipped away. We know life gets busy and before you know it, another year has come and gone and you have not seen your dentist. Don’t forget to take advantage of your remaining dental insurance benefits before the end of the year! Call our office today to schedule an appointment at Smile Dental Clinic.

"Assignment of Benefits" is a legally binding agreement between you and your Insurance Company, asking them to send your reimbursement checks directly to your dentist. When our office accepts an assignment of benefits, we often have to wait 4 to 6 weeks for your insurance reimbursement to arrive. We extend assignment benefits to our patients as a courtesy knowing that this service will help with financial obligations. Extending this service means helping you continue your treatment in a prompt manner without heavy out of pocket expenses. Dental offices are not required by any legislation in Cayman to do so, however, we are happy to accept assignment and wait for our reimbursement of services. Please note that we also have the right to revoke this benefit at any time if your insurance company practices certain "Nuisance Behaviours".

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