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If you’re nervous about having a tooth pulled, you are not alone. Many people have a fear of dental surgery. However, our team of skilled dental professionals is here to assure you that dental extractions are a routine procedure that can be done quickly and without causing you a great deal of discomfort.
How Much Does a Dental Extraction Cost?
If you are wondering what a tooth extraction costs, then it’s important to understand that the cost you will pay will vary depending on several different factors. These factors include whether it is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction and how hard it will be for the dentist or oral surgeon to extract your tooth. Your dental insurance will also play a part in determining what you will owe. Talk to our dentist to receive an estimate of what you will pay for your procedure.
What Is Dental Extraction Surgery?
An oral surgeon performs dental extraction surgeries. Extraction surgeries are fairly routine procedures that are done when a tooth is trapped beneath the gums or can’t be reached by a general dentist. When your dentist is unable to use forceps to grasp and pull out the tooth, you will probably be referred to an oral surgeon.
When Is Having a Tooth Pulled the Only Option?
While getting a tooth pulled may seem like a drastic measure, it is only done in instances where there is no other option for repairing or healing the tooth. If your tooth is in the advanced stages of decay, is severely injured or has been damaged due to gum disease, your dentist will most likely recommend that the tooth be pulled.
Can My Dentist Extract My Decayed, Cracked and Broken Teeth?
If your tooth is broken, cracked or decayed, your dentist may be able to save the tooth by performing a root canal. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination that will determine if the tooth can be salvaged. If the damage has reached beyond the middle of the tooth, your dentist will recommend tooth removal.
Why Do Dentists Sometimes Pull Baby Teeth?
While baby teeth fall out on their own, there are times when one of our dentists will need to extract a baby tooth. This is done when a child has severely decayed teeth, an infection, or an adult tooth trapped underneath the existing baby teeth.
Why Do I Need an Extraction Due to My Advanced Gum Disease?
If you have severe periodontal disease that has caused your teeth to become loose, your dentist may recommend that you have a tooth extraction done. Advanced gum disease attacks the ligaments that hold the teeth in place, causing them to eventually fall out. Tooth extractions are done to prevent you from feeling any discomfort due to your periodontal disease.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Are you experiencing discomfort due to your wisdom teeth growing in? If so, you are not alone. Many people find that their jaws are not large enough to support this extra set of molars. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, you may be experiencing pain as they cause your other teeth to shift within the mouth. This can cause damage to your existing teeth and to your jawbone. If your wisdom teeth are trapped underneath your already existing teeth, a failure to have them removed could lead to an infection or other serious problems. In these cases, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon who can perform your wisdom teeth extractions.
What Happens When You Have Crowded Teeth?
Most patients who have crowded teeth are referred to an orthodontist so that they can receive braces. In many cases, the patients do not have enough room in their mouths for all of their teeth. When this is the case, the dentist or orthodontist will recommend a tooth extraction for one or more of the teeth.
What Kind of Aftercare Will I Need to Do?
You will be given instructions to follow within the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction. These instructions will include information on what you can and can’t do, as well as information on how to manage any pain and swelling you may experience afterwards. It is imperative that you follow any instructions given to you so that your mouth can heal without any complications.
Is the Healing Process for an Extraction Fast?
If you follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions, you will find the tooth extraction healing process to be rather straightforward. For simple extraction procedures, you can expect to be back to normal within a week. More complicated procedures, such as those done on molars, may require more time.
To learn more about tooth extraction in Brandon, contact our office at (813) 434-1734. We will be happy to schedule you an appointment with one of our qualified dentists so that you can receive more information about what kind of extraction is right for you.