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Dentists always try to restore teeth. However, there are cases where an extraction is necessary. Years ago, extractions were painful, but today, you can expect a painless procedure with a local anesthetic to numb the area so all you can expect to feel is a slight pressure.
What’s the Typical Tooth Extraction Cost?
Your dental extraction cost depends on the tooth, its condition and whether you have dental insurance coverage. Dental extractions are less expensive than surgical extractions. Telephone our office to make an appointment and one of our dentists can let you know the cost for your extraction after an examination. If you have a dental insurance policy, please bring your information with you so we can calculate your out-of-pocket expense.
How Is a Surgical Extraction Done?
A surgical extraction is an invasive procedure necessary when the tooth isn’t visible in your mouth or the tooth has broken at the gum line. An oral surgeon makes a small incision to access the tooth, loosens it, and then removes it. You’ll have a local anesthetic and possibly mild sedation, depending on the extraction. You shouldn’t feel any pain.
In What Circumstances Is Having a Tooth Pulled Inevitable?
An extraction may be unavoidable if you have trauma, gum disease or severe decay that makes a tooth unsalvageable. We always prefer to save a tooth, but there are times when it’s not possible, such as in the following situations.
Will a Dentist Pull a Severely Decayed or Damaged Tooth?
If the damage or decay has reached the tooth’s pulp and a root canal will not save your tooth, our dentist can pull the tooth for you to relieve your pain, which can be quite severe. Our dentist will talk to you about your replacement options since it is important to avoid having missing teeth in your mouth for too long. Call our office if you want to see if we can save your tooth or extract it.
Why Do Dentists Pull Milk Teeth?
Children are often frightened when they hear our dentists will pull their tooth, but once we tell them how simple and quick the procedure is, we can put the child at ease. Reasons our dentist may suggest a tooth extraction for your child include decay so extensive that a root canal can’t save the tooth, trauma and baby teeth that won’t fall out on their own. If you need a gentle dentist to pull your child’s tooth, call our office to make an appointment.
Do Dentists Extract Teeth Loosened by Advanced Gum Disease?
Our dentist will perform a tooth extraction on teeth that have had their support structure damaged by advanced gum disease. The extraction prevents the infection from spreading and damaging additional teeth. Please call our office if you have loose teeth from advanced gum disease that hurt when you chew.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Between ages 17 to 21, wisdom teeth, or our third set of molars, emerge. Since many of us do not have room in our jaws for another set of molars, problems arise. If the wisdom teeth cannot break through your gums, our dentist will send you to a nearby oral surgeon to have the impacted teeth removed. If your wisdom teeth emerge crooked, they could press against your other teeth or make it difficult for you to remove trapped food particles. If you are having difficulty with your wisdom teeth, please call for an appointment.
Do Dentists Do Crowded Teeth Extractions
If you are having orthodontic work and your teeth are too crowded, you may need a tooth pulled on each side of your mouth to create room for your teeth to straighten out. If you need extractions, our dentist will administer a local anesthetic and make the procedure as painless as possible. Call our office to make an appointment.
What Are the Tooth Extraction Aftercare Instructions?
After getting a tooth pulled, we will provide you with instructions for aftercare. A blood clot will form at the extraction site; you cannot do anything that might dislodge the clot, such as drinking through a straw or smoking. Avoid any strenuous activity for a day or two after your tooth removal. If you lie down, elevate your head. Don’t rinse for 24 hours after having your extraction, but afterward, your dentist may suggest rinsing with warm salt water.
What’s the Normal Tooth Extraction Healing Time?
Normally, the extraction site heals within seven days if you had a dental extraction. Molar extractions and surgical extractions take three to four weeks to heal.
For a quick, painless tooth extraction in Quail Meadows, call us at (352) 533-4159 to make an appointment with one of our dentists.