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While saving a patient’s teeth is always our top priority, there are times when one of our dentists will deem that removing the tooth or teeth is the best course of action towards getting a patient’s dental health back on track.
Many people have a significant phobia of dentists. This leads them to being afraid of having a tooth pulled. However, it is important to note that pulling a tooth or teeth is a routine and relatively painless procedure, and it often relieves dental pain.
What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
The amount that you will be expected to pay for your extraction will depend on factors such as whether it is a simple or a surgical extraction, as well as how difficult it will be for the dentist to remove the tooth. After one of our dentists has examined your tooth or teeth, he or she will provide you with an estimate of the cost. Part of your costs should be covered if you currently carry dental insurance.
What Can You Tell Me About Oral Surgery Extraction?
If you have a tooth that has yet to break through the gum line or a tooth that is only partially visible, your dentist will most likely refer to an oral surgeon. An oral surgeon will be able to surgically extract a tooth in cases where the tooth is unable to be grasped and pulled out via the use of forceps.
When Is it Necessary to Have a Tooth Pulled?
If you have a tooth or multiple teeth that are severely decayed or injured, tooth removal surgery is most likely the only option you have in order to address your issues. Extractions are also performed in instances where a patient has severe gum disease. Advanced tooth decay (a large cavity) can be extremely painful. In these cases, removing the tooth is the best way to relieve pain.
Will My Dentist Extract My Cracked, Broken or Severely Decayed Teeth?
In some instances, a broken, cracked or severely decayed tooth can be saved via a root canal. However, there are cases when a tooth is too far gone and will need to be pulled in order to eliminate your pain and to keep further issues from occurring. Once your tooth has been extracted, your dentist will talk to you about the options that are available to you as far as replacing the missing tooth goes. A replacement tooth will keep your other teeth from shifting out of place.
Why Does the Dentist Pull Baby Teeth?
You may be wondering why a dentist would even bother pulling a baby tooth. Dentists will often recommend that a baby tooth be extracted when a tooth is infected or has a large cavity that is unable to be filled. They also recommend tooth extraction when a baby tooth is blocking an adult tooth as it grows in. If your child needs to have a tooth extracted, contact our office today. Our team of professionals has experience in making children feel comfortable throughout their procedures.
Is it Necessary to Perform a Tooth Extraction if I Have Advanced Gum Disease?
Teeth extractions are often performed in cases where a patient has advanced periodontal disease. This is because gum disease attacks the ligaments that keep your teeth in place, causing the teeth to become loose. Having your teeth pulled is usually the best option if you have advanced gum disease.
Why Is it Necessary to Extract Wisdom Teeth?
Everybody has a third set of molars (also known as wisdom teeth). These teeth usually begin to emerge during a person’s late teens or early adulthood. Most people don’t have jaws that are big enough for an extra set of molars. This can lead to the wisdom teeth becoming trapped under the gums. It can also lead to infection, crooked teeth, or damage to the jawbone. If your wisdom teeth have already come in, our dentist will most likely be able to take them out. However, if they have not yet emerged from the gums, you will probably be referred to an oral surgeon to have the teeth surgically extracted.
What Happens When Your Teeth Are Too Crowded?
Many people don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate all of their adult teeth once they have fully grown in. When this happens, the teeth frequently grow in crooked. Braces are usually prescribed in cases where a person has a crooked tooth. Before you get braces, a tooth extraction may be necessary in order to make room for your teeth.
What Will I Need to Do After My Extraction?
Your dentist will provide you with detailed tooth extraction healing instructions after you have had your procedure. It is imperative that you follow these instructions so that your extraction site can fully heal. You will also be given information on how to manage any pain or swelling that may occur after your tooth is pulled.
How Long Will It Take for My Extraction Site to Heal?
In most cases, you can perform moderate activities within the first 24 hours of getting a tooth pulled. Your dentist will let you know when it is safe for you to perform strenuous activities. It should take approximately a week for the site of your extraction to fully heal, although it does take longer for molar extractions to heal. Extractions that need to be performed by an oral surgeon typically take longer to heal too.
If you need to have a tooth extraction in South Philadelphia, you can contact our staff at (215) 310-5817 to schedule your first examination at our practice.