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While our dentists believe that it is always best to attempt to save your teeth, there are times when having a tooth pulled is the best choice for your general and oral health. If you’re worried about having a tooth extracted, please know that this is a commonly performed procedure. It is usually done using a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
What Will My Tooth Extraction Cost?
The amount you will have to pay for getting a tooth pulled will vary. At your initial appointment, our dentist will examine your mouth and determine how complex your case is. A simple extraction will cost less than a surgical extraction. Contact your dental insurance provider to determine what kind of coverage is offered to you through your policy.
What Is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?
A surgical tooth extraction is a procedure that consists of an oral surgeon extracting a tooth that hasn’t yet erupted through the gums. Patients are often referred to oral surgeons when their regular dentists aren’t able to use forceps to pull the tooth out.
When Is Having a Tooth Extracted the Only Option?
We are dedicated to trying to save your teeth. However, there are cases when tooth removal is unavoidable. These cases generally occur when a patient has severe gum disease, extensive trauma to the tooth or advanced tooth decay. All of these conditions can cause extreme pain; therefore, having the tooth removed is the best option for your comfort and your oral health.
Can I Have Severely Decayed, Cracked, or Broken Teeth Pulled at the Dentist?
A tooth that is cracked, broken or decayed may be able to be saved with a root canal. Your dentist will look at the affected tooth and determine whether or not the damage has extended into the middle of the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved via root canal, your dentist may recommend that the tooth be pulled. Once the procedure has been completed, your dentist will discuss with you the various options for replacement teeth that are available. Replacing the missing tooth is important because it will keep your other teeth from moving.
Why Does My Child Have to Have His or Her Baby Teeth Pulled?
While it is almost always preferable to have the baby teeth fall out on their own, some children may need to have their baby teeth pulled or extracted by dentists. This is frequently done when an adult tooth is trapped under a pre-existing baby tooth. It is also done when a tooth has a large cavity that is unable to be filled.
How Does Gum Disease Lead to Tooth Extraction?
Did you know that gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults? This is due to the disease attacking the ligaments that keep your teeth attached to your jawbone. If periodontal disease is causing you pain, your dentist may recommend that you have a dental extraction done.
What Can You Tell Me About Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Extractions are commonly performed on patients who need their wisdom teeth taken out. The wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that grow in while a person is in their late teens or early adulthood. While an extra set of molars may sound nice, many people don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate their wisdom teeth. In these cases, the wisdom teeth must be extracted. If the wisdom teeth are able to push through on their own, your regular dentist may be able to perform the procedure. However, if the wisdom teeth are trapped under your already existing teeth, you will need to have them surgically extracted. A failure to have your wisdom teeth taken care of can lead to severe pain, infection and issues with your jawbone.
Why Do Crowded Teeth Require Extractions?
When your mouth is too small to contain all of your adult teeth, then those adult teeth will grow in crooked. If this is the case, then you most likely need braces. Dentists will frequently perform extractions so that your remaining teeth will have plenty of room to shift into their proper alignment.
How Do I Take Care of My Extraction Site?
You will be given aftercare instructions to follow after you have had your tooth pulled. These instructions will typically tell you that you can engage in moderate activities once the first 24 hours have passed. In addition, you will be given instructions on how to manage any swelling or pain that may occur after your extraction. Following all of the instructions given to you will help you to heal quickly and properly.
How Long Does It Take for an Extraction Site to Heal?
Tooth extraction healing is usually complete within a week. If you have a more complicated case, such as the extraction of molars, you may expect the healing process to take a little longer than that.
If you’re in need of a qualified dentist to perform your tooth extraction in Citrus Park, get in touch with our office today at (813) 448-3957. We will book you a consultation as soon as possible.