Tooth extractions are used when there is no way to preserve a tooth. They are a last resort, but in many cases, they provide pain relief and prevent problems from developing into something more severe.
If you need an extraction, don’t panic. We’ll work with you to make the process pain-free and hopefully, stress-free.
What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
The cost of tooth extraction varies depending on a variety of factors. The cost is based on the location of the extraction, the need for anesthesia, and the cost of your x-rays.
Dental insurance might cover the cost of the extraction, but if not, we offer a variety of options for financing the procedure. Remember, in the long run, extraction can save you money on endless dental care for a problem tooth.
What is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?
A surgical extraction is needed when a tooth has not erupted from the gum. It’s most commonly needed when someone’s wisdom tooth is impacted or partially impacted.
The process requires an incision into the gum tissue to provide access to the tooth. Once it’s removed, the surgeon places stitches to close the opening. Surgical extractions lengthen the healing time and might be more uncomfortable than non-surgical extractions, but they are safe and no reason to be concerned.
How Do You Know You Have No Choice But to Have a Tooth Extracted?
Dentists use extraction as a last resort. Most will do everything they can to save the tooth, but in some cases, extraction is the best option. Extractions are most often performed when a tooth is cracked beyond repair, badly infected, or severely decayed.
It’s important to understand that once extraction is recommended, there are no other options. If you are concerned about a tooth or you want to discuss the possibility of extraction for a problem tooth, give us a call.
Do Dentists Extract Teeth that are Severely Decayed or Damaged?
Yes. Extraction is a common procedure performed when a tooth is beyond repair. This can happen because of an accident or injury or because of decay that has gone untended. Once a tooth is a candidate for extraction, a bridge or implant can replace it. Bridges and implants ensure you can still eat and speak without a problem and still love your smile.
Why Do Small Children Need Their Baby Teeth Extracted?
Some children must have their baby teeth extracted when they don’t fall out naturally. There are also instances in which baby teeth must be pulled because they are badly decayed. Baby teeth work as placeholders for permanent teeth. Dentists prefer to leave them in place, but will recommend extraction if it’s best for your child’s long-term dental health.
Can a Tooth Be Pulled with Advanced Gum Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the main reasons why adults loose teeth. Dentists always do what they can to restore a tooth to functional health, but it doesn’t always work. Tooth extraction is common for people with advanced gum disease because of the damage done to the tooth’s structural support.
Does It Hurt to Have Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Wisdom tooth extraction is rarely painful. Dentists use a numbing agent before removal of the tooth. Anesthesia is used in cases where wisdom teeth are impacted.
In some cases, the recovery process after wisdom tooth removal is uncomfortable. Our dentists work with patients to ensure they have as pleasant an experience as possible. Wisdom tooth removal improves long-term dental health, so if you’d like to schedule an appointment or speak to someone about your concerns, give us a call.
Can a Tooth Be Pulled to Alleviate Overcrowding?
There are instance in which healthy teeth are pulled because there’s no room in someone’s mouth for all of their teeth. Over time, crowded teeth are at risk of problems.
In many cases, a tooth or teeth are pulled prior to the application of braces. This gives teeth room to shift and straighten comfortably over the course of treatment.
What Aftercare is Needed Following an Extraction?
It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to you by your dentist after an extraction. It’s important to avoid a few specific activities after an extraction because it can dislodge the blood clot that must form at the extraction site. This includes smoking or drinking though a straw. Dry socket is a risk if a blood clot doesn’t form. This is a very painful condition that lengthens the healing process.
How Long Does It Take an Extraction to Heal?
Most people heal within seven to 10 days following an extraction. Surgical extractions take a bit longer, but usually feel better after about two weeks.
It’s possible to speed the healing process by elevating your head while sleeping, eating soft, healthy foods, and getting plenty of rest.
If you need an extraction or you’d like to speak to someone about whether you are a good candidate for the extraction process, give us a call.