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While dentists don’t want to pull teeth, sometimes an extraction is necessary for your oral health, especially if there is substantial decay or damage. If you must have a tooth pulled, don’t worry. It’s a very quick procedure that is virtually painless.
How Much Does Getting a Tooth Pulled Cost?
We base your tooth extraction cost on the tooth’s accessibility and it’s placement. Our dentist would have to examine the affected tooth before quoting a price. If you have dental insurance, it may cover all or part of our fee. If you need a tooth extraction, please call our office. After an examination, our dentist can let you know what your extraction will cost.
What’s a Surgical Extraction?
A surgical extraction is a procedure that your dentist or oral surgeon uses if he or she has to remove a tooth still under the gum line or one which broke off at the gum line. Your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum to reach the tooth. You will have stitches to close the site after the tooth is out.
When Is Having a Tooth Pulled Unavoidable?
Sometimes, decay, infection, or trauma leaves your dentist no choice but to pull the tooth. It can stop the agonizing pain you’re feeling and prevent infection from spreading to your other teeth. An extraction can make way for an implant or bridge which will restore your smile.
Can I Have a Dentist Extract a Badly Broken, Cracked, or Badly Decayed Tooth?
If you have a severely decayed tooth, our dentist will see if he or she can save the tooth with a root canal, but if not, he or she will extract it. Our dentist will also pull broken or cracked teeth if they are not salvageable. If you’re tooth is cracked to the root, a dentist probably can’t save it. Once the tooth is out, your dentist will explain why you should replace it quickly. If you don’t, your other teeth will start to move to fill in the gap and you’ll experience bone loss at the site.
Why Would a Dentist Extract a Baby Tooth?
Dentists pull baby teeth when the tooth’s badly decayed and hurting your child or when the tooth won’t move to make way for the permanent tooth. Our dentist can also pull a tooth damaged beyond repair. If your child needs a tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We excel at making small children comfortable.
Can I Have Teeth Removed If I Have Advanced Gum Disease?
When you have advanced periodontal disease, your teeth become loose. If you have one which is bothering you, our dentist can pull it. If you pull the tooth yourself, or let it fall out on its own, you risk bacteria getting in the socket and causing an infection.
Are Wisdom Teeth Extractions Necessary?
People often have their wisdom teeth extracted because they become impacted or trapped under the gum line. Many of us don’t have room in our jaws for four more molars as we reach adulthood. If the wisdom teeth are visible and our dentist can get a hold of them with forceps, you can have a dental extraction. If the teeth haven’t broken through the gum line, you will need a surgical extraction.
Do Dentists Offer Tooth Removal Services for a Crowded Bite?
Sometimes, dentists have to remove healthy teeth to relieve overcrowding or to prepare for orthodontic treatment. It is one of the few times a dentist will pull a healthy tooth. The best time to remove the teeth to relieve overcrowding is when kids are young.
What Are the Tooth Extraction Aftercare Instructions?
When you leave the office after a dental extraction, you’ll have gauze over the site to help stop the bleeding. If all goes well, the site should stop bleeding and begin healing in about 45 minutes. We will explain how to care for the site afterward. Your dentist will give you a list of things to avoid for the first 24 to 48 hours. It’s essential you follow the instructions so a blood clot forms at the extraction site. You may have minor swelling; apply ice as directed by your dentist.
What’s the Usual Tooth Extraction Healing Time?
To help the site heal as quickly after a dental extraction, rest for 24 hours, engaging in light activity only. Your dentist will tell you when you can resume your normal activities. Dental extractions take about one week to heal; it may take longer if you have a molar pulled.
If you need a dentist for a tooth extraction in Jenkintown, call our office at (215) 310-5826 to arrange an appointment. You can rely on our friendly, caring dental team to make you comfortable before, during and after an extraction procedure.