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While our team always makes it a goal to save a patient’s tooth or teeth, there are sometimes instances where an extraction is the only thing that can be done in order to eliminate pain and to get a patient’s oral health back on track.
Many people find the idea of getting a tooth pulled to be a scary one. However, this is a routine procedure that often takes no time at all. It is also always performed under sedation, so you will not feel anything throughout your procedure.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
We are unable to give you a quote on the cost of your extraction procedure until one of our dentists has decided whether your extraction is a simple or surgical one. You will be provided with an estimate once we have determined how difficult it will be to pull your tooth. Some of the cost of your treatment could be covered via your dental insurance, but contact your provider for more information.
What Is an Oral Surgery Extraction?
An oral surgery extraction is a procedure performed by an oral surgeon. This type of oral surgery is done when a tooth is still beneath the gumline and can’t be taken out with forceps. Patients in need of this type of tooth extraction are typically referred to an oral surgeon.
Why Do I Need to Have a Tooth Pulled?
Teeth extractions become necessary when a patient has a severely decayed, infected, or injured tooth. They are also done in instances where a person has severe gum disease. Our dentists will not pull a tooth unless the tooth is completely unrestorable. In these cases, removing the tooth will both stop the pain and prevent further damage to your oral health. The situations below are commonly solved via tooth extraction.
Can I Have Severely Decayed or Cracked, Broken Teeth Extracted at the Dentist?
If damage caused by decay or injury has reached the center of your tooth, your dentist may decide to perform a root canal in order to save the tooth. However, there are times when a tooth is so badly damaged that a root canal can’t save it. When this happens, your dentist will recommend that you have the tooth pulled. This will stop the pain. Once you have had the tooth removed, your dentist will discuss replacement tooth options with you so that your other teeth won’t shift out of position.
Why Are Baby Teeth Extracted?
Baby tooth removal procedures are done when a child has a baby tooth that is preventing an adult tooth from coming it. They are also done with a tooth has a cavity that is too large to fill. Cases of infection may also require that a baby tooth be pulled. No matter why your child needs to have his or her tooth extracted, you can rest assured that our staff has plenty of experience in meeting the dental health care needs of children.
Why Are Teeth Extracted in Cases of Severe Gum Disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can cause the ligaments that keep your teeth in place to break down. This causes the teeth to become loose and to eventually fall out. This process can be painful. If you have severe gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth extracted.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Pulled?
Wisdom teeth need to be extracted because many people don’t have room in their mouths for a third set of molars. This causes the wisdom teeth to become trapped or infected. If left untreated, the wisdom teeth can cause significant damage to your jawbone. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, your regular dentist may be able to extract them in his or her office. However, if the wisdom teeth are still under the gums, you will most likely be referred to an oral surgeon in order to have the wisdom teeth extracted surgically.
Why Do Crowded Teeth Need to be Extracted?
Crooked teeth are most commonly caused by overcrowding in the mouth. If you need to have braces put on to address your crooked teeth problem, you will most likely need to have a tooth extraction performed before you receive your braces. This will allow for your other teeth to have room to straighten out properly.
What Are the Usual Aftercare Instructions Following an Extraction?
After your extraction procedure, our dentist will provide you with a set of aftercare instructions. You will need to follow these instructions in order to ensure that a blood clot forms in the area where your tooth was extracted. You will also be given pain management and swelling instructions.
Will It Take a Long Time for My Mouth to Heal?
Your dentist will let you know when you can begin to resume strenuous activities. After the first 24 hours have passed, you will most likely be able to participate in moderate activities. Tooth extraction healing typically takes around a week to complete, however molar extractions take a bit longer to fully heal. A surgical extraction will also take a longer period of time to heal.
To learn more about receiving a tooth extraction in Collingdale, contact our office at (484) 427-4663. We would be happy to help you schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.