Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104
The thought of a dental extraction is never a pleasant one. If you are looking for a dentist to perform an affordable extraction in a comfortable and stress-free environment, we can help. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dental professionals.
Our dentists are equipped to perform simple extractions where the tooth is visible and accessible with forceps.
During your appointment, our dentists will assess your situation to determine which type of extraction is best for you. If your issue involves a molar or an impacted tooth, you may need a surgical extraction. This involves making small incisions in the gumline in order to access and remove the tooth. If this is the case, we will initiate a referral to a qualified oral surgeon.
Extraction is normally recommended in situations where a tooth is heavily damaged, causing pain, or causing damage to another tooth. If you have a tooth removed, it is important to replace it with a dental prosthetic, such as an implant or bridge, as soon as possible. Filling the gap left by the missing tooth will hold your remaining teeth in position and prevent additional tooth loss.
Although we make every effort to help our patients save their natural teeth, severe damage or decay can cause excruciating pain and other oral health issues. If a dental restoration is not an option, our dentists may recommend an extraction.
Our dentists may recommend that your child have a dental extraction in the following situations:
• A baby tooth is preventing the adult tooth from erupting through the gum.
• The baby tooth has a cavity that is too large for a traditional filling.
• The tooth is infected and causing your child pain.
You can count on our experienced dentists and staff to make you and your child as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, it may be possible to treat and even reverse gum disease with specialized cleanings and other restorative procedures. If you have advanced gum disease that is causing you pain or impacting the structural integrity of your teeth, an extraction may be the best option. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to develop a treatment plan to improve the health of your teeth and gums.
It is very common for teens and adults to experience issues when wisdom teeth start to emerge. Because there often is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate the teeth, they can easily become impacted or crowd the adjacent teeth. Our dentists are able to remove wisdom teeth as long as they can be extracted using dental forceps. If the teeth are impacted, we will likely refer you to an oral surgeon.
Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, is commonly used to correct tooth alignment and crowding issues. In order to obtain the best results, it is sometimes necessary to remove one or more of your teeth so that the teeth will have room to move during treatment.
The final cost of your extraction procedure will depend on whether you have a simple or surgical extraction as well as the location of the tooth. Most dental insurance plans cover a significant percentage of the cost of a dental extraction. If you are unsure about your plan’s benefits, we recommend that you contact your insurer or speak with one of our office staff for more information.
It is important that you care for the extraction site for the first 24 hours to ensure that a blood clot develops at the site and to prevent infection or other complications. We will go over the aftercare instructions in detail following your procedure. Be sure to ask questions if anything is unclear.
We recommend that you refrain from moderate to strenuous physical activity for 24 hours following your extraction or until your dentist tells you that it is safe. Simple extractions normally heal in about a week while surgical and complex extractions may take a little longer.
If you are unsure if extraction is the right treatment for your dental issue, call (610) 616-3593 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring, experienced dentists.