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Getting a tooth pulled is a scary proposition for some people, we do our best to help patients suffering from dental anxiety. At our office, we do everything we can to save the tooth; however, there are times when an extraction is in your best interest. If you are in pain, please call us for an appointment with our understanding dentist.
What are Dental Teeth Extractions?
When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, a dentist will remove the tooth from its socket by loosening it and then pulling it out with forceps. Our dentist will give you a local anesthetic. You should not feel anything except minor pressure, not pain, as our dentist moves the tooth. The procedure is surprisingly quick, and you will probably wait longer for the area to become numb. If you have dental insurance, your policy may cover the cost of your extraction. Surgical extractions are more complex, so an oral surgeon usually performs them.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
Each extraction is unique. Your cost will depend on the difficulty of the extraction and whether your tooth is impacted. Surgical extractions cost more than a dental extraction. During your examination, our dentist can give you an estimate of the cost if an extraction is your only option and he or she will be performing the procedure.
Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary in My Case?
Our dentist will recommend that you have a tooth pulled if he or she cannot save the tooth with a filling or a crown. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, you may need an extraction:
Do You Have a Badly Broken Tooth?
Our dentist can repair minor cracks and breaks, but a severely broken tooth will need to come out.
Do You Have Severe Tooth Pain?
Severe decay, a large cavity, can cause severe pain. If the tooth is too far gone for a root canal, having your tooth pulled will stop the pain. Contact our office for an appointment and we will see you as soon as possible.
Are Your Teeth Too Crowded for Braces or You Need Extractions for Dentures?
It’s common for people getting braces to have teeth removed to make room for straightened teeth, and also common for patients receiving dentures to need many extractions.
Are Your Teeth Becoming Loose?
With advanced gum disease, your teeth become loose and if they don’t fall out on their own, you will need an extraction.
Do You Have Wisdom Teeth Pain?
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain if they are coming in at an angle or they are damaging adjacent teeth. When your wisdom teeth are an uncomplicated extraction, you can have your wisdom teeth taken out by our dentist. If your wisdom teeth removal requires a surgical extraction, our dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Aftercare Procedure?
Your dentist will recommend an OTC pain reliever and actions to avoid, such as smoking or drinking through a straw, while a blood clot forms. An ice pack can reduce swelling. Make sure you are clear about the aftercare instructions before leaving the office.
Does a Tooth Extraction Heal Fast?
Following your after instructions will speed your tooth extraction healing. With a simple extraction, you will heal quickly if you are in good health. Your bleeding will stop within 24 hours and the minor discomfort will go away in three days or less.