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We understand that you want to keep your natural teeth, but sometimes it’s necessary to remove an unhealthy, damaged, or diseased tooth to preserve your overall health and smile. If you have a dental phobia, hearing that you need to have a tooth pulled may cause some anxiety. It’s reassuring to know that dental extraction procedures are quick and virtually painless.
What Leads to Tooth Extraction?
Dental extractions may be inescapable if you have extensive decay, advanced gum disease, or severe tooth trauma. Large cavities, for example, may decay so much of the tooth that the tooth is unable to be restored. Tooth trauma, gum disease, and severe decay are often painful, so removing the tooth also stops the pain. To find out more about the conditions that often require tooth removal, see our information below.
What Does Dental Extraction Cost?
Our dentist will evaluate your dental condition, determining how difficult it will be to remove the tooth and whether you’ll need a simple or surgical tooth extraction. Once your evaluation is complete, we’ll be able to give you a price estimate. Please be sure to let us know if you have dental insurance as that coverage can often help lower your tooth extraction cost.
Why Was I Referred to an Oral Surgeon for My Extraction?
Oral surgeons handle more complicated extraction procedures, including those that involve teeth that haven’t erupted at all or have only partially erupted. Their surgical skills are necessary since there isn’t enough tooth for our dentist to grasp and pull out with typical forceps.
Can My Broken or Severely Decayed Tooth Be Pulled?
If decay or breakage reaches the center of the tooth, our dentist will first determine if the tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. If the tooth decay or damage is too extensive for repair, our dentist will recommend extraction. This procedure restores your smile’s health and function and relieves your pain. After the procedure, our dentist will discuss replacing the tooth so that you can maintain your tooth alignment, jaw health and eating function.
Is Tooth Extraction Necessary If I Have Advanced Periodontal Disease?
With advanced stage gum disease, the connective tissue and jawbone that support your teeth become damaged. When those support structures are weakened by disease, your teeth become loose. To resolve this problem and alleviate the pain that often accompanies the extensive periodontal disease, our dentist may advise that getting a tooth pulled is the best way to resolve the problems.
Why Did My Dentist Suggest Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth extractions are very common. In most cases, the procedure is necessary because there’s not enough jawbone space to accommodate this third set of molars. Without the space to come in properly, wisdom teeth become impacted under the gum. If the teeth are able to erupt through the gums, wisdom teeth often come in crooked and they push other teeth out of alignment. To avoid the long-term problems caused by wisdom teeth, your dentist will likely recommend removal. If your dentist cannot access the teeth above the gum line, you’ll be referred to an oral surgeon who can make a small incision in your gum to remove the unerupted or impacted wisdom teeth. If you are experiencing problems with your emerging wisdom teeth, call our office to schedule an evaluation.
Does Tooth Crowding Cause Crooked Teeth?
If we have too many teeth or if we have teeth that are too large, our teeth often become crooked by trying to fit into the limited space in the mouth. Braces can usually fix this problem, but first, you may need to have a tooth pulled to create enough space for straightening.
What Do I Do for Extraction Aftercare?
Our dentist will provide you with instructions and a list of activities that you must avoid for the first 24 hours after your procedure. It’s critical that you follow these instructions so that a blood clot can form in your tooth socket. Some patients may experience some discomfort or swelling after the procedure, so we’ll also give you advice on how to relieve those conditions.
How Long Does Healing Take After an Extraction?
Tooth extraction healing is a fairly quick process. After the first 24 hours following the extraction, you’ll be able to engage in light to moderate activity. You should still avoid strenuous activity, though, waiting until your dentist clears you for anything greater than moderate activity. Healing usually occurs within one week, although healing from a molar extraction will take more time. Because surgical extractions are more complex, healing from this type of extraction will also take longer.
We’re proud to provide knowledgeable tooth extraction in Bala Cynwyd, and we’re delighted to help restore your smile and your oral health. Feel free to call our office during normal business hours to schedule your evaluation.