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When patients hear they need a tooth pulled, it upsets them, unless they have had one pulled before. It is a much easier procedure than the name implies; most of our patients are pleasantly surprised the procedure is quick and virtually painless.
What Does a Dental Extraction Cost?
Our dental extractions are affordable with or without dental insurance. We calculate your tooth extraction cost by taking into account the tooth’s condition and its location in your mouth. Dental extractions are more affordable than surgical extractions. If you believe you need a tooth pulled, please call our office to schedule an exam with our dentist. He or she can explain your anticipated cost after examining your tooth.
What Is an Extraction with Oral Surgery?
Dentists normally perform simple extractions when the tooth is easily accessible. With a simple extraction, you don’t need stitches afterward. If the tooth is below the gum line, a dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum to reach the tooth and extract it. You can expect your dentist to close the site with stitches.
When Do Dentists Find a Tooth Extraction Is the Best Treatment?
If you continue reading, you’ll find there are several instances when a dentist would recommend an extraction. We try to use tooth removal as a last resort as we want to preserve natural teeth as much as possible. If you are searching for a dentist who will do his or her best to preserve your natural tooth, please call our office to schedule your appointment.
Will a Dentist Suggest Pulling My Badly Decayed or Severely Damaged Tooth?
Unfortunately, modern dentistry cannot preserve every tooth. If our dentist suggests pulling a tooth, then the tooth isn’t salvageable. Our dentist will explain your options for replacing the tooth, which you should do so your existing teeth don’t move and you don’t experience bone loss at the extraction site.
Why Would Tooth Extraction Be Necessary for a Baby Tooth?
Our dentist may recommend tooth extraction for your child if the tooth has severe decay or damage from an accident, or if your child is in pain and the tooth will fall out soon anyway. It often isn’t worth investing in repairing a tooth that will come out on its own in a few months. If you’re looking for a dentist who will give you an honest opinion about whether your child’s tooth is worth repairing, contact our dental office to schedule an appointment.
Can I Have Teeth Extractions If I Have Advanced Periodontal Disease?
If you have untreated gum disease, your teeth will eventually come loose as periodontal disease damages the gum and bone holding the teeth. Our dentist can pull any loose teeth for you to avoid them falling out on their own, which leaves the site open to infection.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause So Many Problems?
If you don’t have the space in your upper and lower jaws for four additional molars, they will cause problems when they erupt in your late teens or early 20s. In some cases, wisdom teeth fail to erupt and cause problems under your gums. If they only partially erupt, they can become infected and painful. Sometimes, people have no problems with their wisdom teeth fully emerging, but this is rare. If you have wisdom teeth emerging and you have pain, swelling, or an infection, please call our office to make an appointment with our dentist.
Do Dentists Pull Teeth to Relieve Overcrowding?
Tooth overcrowding occurs when your jaw is too small for the number of teeth emerging. When you don’t have enough space in your mouth, some of your teeth may be pushed out of alignment. Our dentist can also extract teeth in preparation for braces.
What Are the Aftercare Instructions for Getting a Tooth Pulled?
When you leave our office after having an extraction, you’ll have a gauze pad over the extraction site to stop the bleeding. After an hour or so, the bleeding will stop and a blood clot will form. Your dentist will explain what actions you need to avoid to prevent the clot from dislodging. You may experience minor discomfort and swelling, which ice and an over-the-counter pain reliever usually relieve.
Does Tooth Extraction Healing Take Long?
If you rest and avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after a dental extraction, you can help your body heal faster. Normally, the extraction site heals in a week, but if you had a molar removed, it may take longer. Getting enough sleep with your head elevated and eating a healthy, soft diet will also promote faster healing.
If you have a painful, infected tooth and need a tooth extraction in Holyoke, please call our dental practice today at (413) 241-3615 to set up an appointment. We look forward to serving you.