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Natural teeth perform many useful functions, including keeping your facial structure youthful and your jawbone healthy. A dentist will work hard to save a natural tooth, but sometimes having a tooth pulled is inescapable. If we have to extract one of your teeth, we promise to make the procedure as pain-free as possible.
What Will a Tooth Extraction Cost?
Our dentist would have to look at your tooth before providing you with your expected cost. The location of the tooth and the difficulty of the extraction affect your cost. If you have insurance coverage that we accept, please bring your information with you; your plan may cover a portion of our tooth extraction fee. Our staff can tell you your estimated out-of-pocket expenses with you before your extraction.
What Are Surgical Teeth Extractions?
When dentists pull teeth, they get a hold of the tooth with forceps and pull. The procedure is very quick. If there is not enough of the tooth visible, our dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon who will make a small incision in your gum to reach the tooth. In both cases, you’ll have Novocain so you won’t feel any pain.
Is There Ever a Time When Having a Tooth Pulled Is My Only Option?
There are instances when a tooth extraction is the best option. Severe infections, trauma and overcrowding can leave a dentist no other choice. Teens may also need dental extractions before getting braces. If you need an extraction, contact our office for an appointment.
Can a Dentist Pull Broken Teeth?
If your tooth is broken or cracked, our dentist will examine the tooth to see if he or she can save it. If it’s not possible to save the tooth, our dentist can usually pull the tooth, unless you break it at the gum line. Oral surgeons usually extract teeth broken at the gum line. If our dentist extracts the tooth, you’ll learn about your tooth replacement options.
Why Are Baby Teeth Occasionally Pulled?
Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, are necessary for proper speech and saving a place for an adult tooth. We may suggest an extraction if your child’s adult teeth emerge, but the baby teeth refuse to leave. Other reasons for your child getting a tooth pulled include an injury or severe decay that is causing your child pain. Please call our office if you would like your child to see a gentle dentist who can put your child at ease.
Can Advanced Gum Disease Make Tooth Removal Necessary?
If you have periodontal disease, it may attack the gums and bones supporting your teeth, causing them to loosen. If a loose tooth is causing you pain, our dentist will extract it. We will always suggest other treatments for advanced gum disease before extraction to try and save as many of your natural teeth as possible. If you have periodontal disease and your teeth are becoming loose, call our office to request an appointment.
Why Do Dentists Pull Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that appear in teenagers and young adults. Many people do not have enough room in their jaw to accommodate four more teeth and your wisdom teeth are not necessary for proper chewing. Either the molars cannot erupt and they become impacted or they emerge and push against other teeth. If your wisdom teeth have emerged from your gum and they are causing you problems, our dentist can extract them. If your wisdom teeth haven’t emerged because they are impacted, our dentist can refer you to an oral surgeon.
What Happens If My Teeth are too Crowded?
You may have two or more teeth removed for orthodontia. When your teeth are too crowded to get braces, our dentist will remove unnecessary teeth, depending on your needs. You may also need teeth removed to align your bite. Call our office if you need an appointment for extractions to create space for your teeth to align properly.
What Are the Aftercare Instructions Post-Extraction?
You should rest as much as possible the first day after an extraction. Lie with your head elevated. Avoid smoking, drinking from a straw or any other activity that may dislodge the blood clot forming at the extraction site. Your dentist may suggest over-the-counter pain relievers to ease any discomfort.
How Fast Will My Extraction Site Heal?
You should take it easy for a day after a dental extraction. Complete dental tooth extraction healing takes about one week. If you had a molar extracted or a surgical extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will tell you how long it will take for the site to heal.
If you need a tooth extraction in Orange City, please call our office at (386) 951-1412 to schedule an appointment.