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We prefer to repair our patient’s natural teeth, but there are times when a tooth extraction is unavoidable. If you’re told that you need a tooth pulled, have it done as soon as possible. Any delay may lead to more pain and an infection reaching your jawbone.
How Are Teeth Extractions Done?
First, our dentist numbs the area and then he or she will move the tooth back and forth. Once it is loose in the socket, our dentist will use forceps to remove the tooth. Many of our patients are surprised that the tooth extraction procedure is over so quickly.
What Does Getting a Tooth Pulled Cost?
Your tooth extraction cost depends on your specific circumstances. Generally, your cost is higher when the tooth is more difficult to remove. Simple dental extractions are less expensive that surgical extractions where your gum has to be cut. At our office, our dentist will always give you an estimate before proceeding. Call us for affordable tooth extractions.
Why Would a Person Have a Tooth Extracted?
We often see patients who are experiencing tooth pain. In some cases, a dentist will suggest an extraction to save adjacent teeth and bone from a gum infection.
Do You Have a Tooth with a Large Crack?
Badly broken or cracked teeth are pulled only when a root canal or other dental solution isn’t possible.
Do You Have Severe Tooth Decay That is Painful?
Our dentist will try to save your tooth and ease your pain, but if it is badly decayed, you may have to have the tooth extracted. If you have severe tooth pain, contact our office for the first available appointment.
Do You Have Too Many Teeth?
Orthodontic appliances straighten teeth that are crowded together, but to do so, the extra teeth have to come out.
Do You Have Advanced Stage Gum Disease?
In the third stage of gum disease, permanent tooth loss is usually inevitable because the bone holding the tooth is damaged. If you have first or second stage gum disease, follow our dentist’s recommendations to avoid tooth loss.
Are You in Pain from Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth usually come in during early adulthood. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can come in at an angle or they may not make it out of your gums. In some cases, dentists can perform a wisdom tooth extraction if the teeth will come out easily. However, if they cannot, our dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for surgical tooth removal.
What Do I Need To Do After Having a Tooth Pulled?
The most important thing that you have to do is to ensure that you don’t interfere with the blood clot that is being formed. In the first 24 hours, don’t drink through a straw, smoke or do anything else that our dentists tells you not to do. Take pain medication as directed and use an ice pack to control swelling.
How Long Does it Take for the Extraction Site to Heal?
You can brush your teeth the second day, staying away from the extraction site. Keeping your mouth clean will speed up the tooth extraction healing, as will consuming nutritious food and getting enough sleep. In a few days, the pain will go away and you should feel fine.