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While your permanent teeth are amazingly durable, sometimes severe decay, disease, and injury make tooth extraction necessary. For some patients, it’s scary to think about having a tooth pulled. Whether you have a dental phobia or not, you can rest assured that our dentists take every precaution to ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free during the quick tooth removal procedure.
Why Does a Tooth Need to Be Removed?
If your tooth is injured by trauma or damaged by severe decay, your tooth extraction may be unavoidable. This is especially true for teeth with very large cavities since removing the decay leaves too little of the tooth to be secure. Of course, we always prefer to restore natural teeth when we can. But when a tooth can’t be saved, teeth extractions can restore your oral health and alleviate the pain that accompanies severe decay or tooth trauma.
How Much Will I Pay for an Extraction?
Our dentist will provide you with a cost estimate once your extraction needs are evaluated. Some of the issues that affect your tooth extraction cost include how difficult the tooth will be to remove, whether you require a simple extraction or a surgical extraction, and whether you have dental insurance. We’re happy to work with your insurance provider to help decrease your out-of-pocket expense.
Why Would I Need an Oral Surgery Extraction?
There are several reasons you may need to have a tooth pulled surgically. Usually, the procedure is necessary if your tooth hasn’t fully erupted through the gum and there isn’t enough visible tooth to grasp and pull out with forceps. In these cases, our dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon so that the tooth can be surgically removed.
Will My Tooth Be Pulled If It’s Broken, Cracked, or Severely Decayed?
If the damage caused by decay, cracks or breaks reaches the middle of the tooth, our dentist will determine whether the tooth can be saved by root canal therapy. If not, our dentist will recommend extraction to restore your oral health and relieve your pain. Keep in mind that replacing the tooth once it’s removed helps keep your other teeth in place, maintains your jaw shape and density, and improves your smile.
If I Have Advanced Gum Disease Is an Extraction Necessary?
Sometimes, advanced stage gum disease damages the ligaments and bones that keep your teeth in place. When your teeth become loose from this type of severe periodontal disease, extraction is frequently necessary. Tooth extraction is also often the best option for our patients who are experiencing intense tooth pain as a result of the advanced gum disease.
Will My Dentist Recommend Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Each of our patients has unique needs when it comes to wisdom teeth. This third set of molars usually comes in during the late teen or early adult years. Some of our patients, though, don’t have jaws large enough to support these emerging teeth. When wisdom teeth try to push through limited space, infection and jawbone damage can occur. Other teeth can also become pushed out of alignment when this happens. Sometimes, there’s so little room for wisdom teeth that they become trapped under the gum line, a condition referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. Your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal if your molars present any of these problems.
What Happens with Overcrowded Teeth?
If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, the problem may be caused by overcrowded teeth. Your dentist can help make enough room for teeth to be straightened by removing one or more teeth.
What Will I Need to Do for Dental Extraction Aftercare?
The first 24 hours after your procedure, you’ll need to carefully follow your dentist’s guidelines. Our instructions will tell you how to care for your extraction site and how you can help the healing process by avoiding certain activities. Following our dentist’s instructions carefully will ensure that a blood clot forms at your extraction site. We’ll also inform you about how to alleviate any discomfort or swelling you may experience immediately after the procedure.
How Quickly Will I Heal After an Extraction?
You should limit your activity for the first 24 hours after getting a tooth pulled. Following the first 24 hours, you can engage in light to moderate activity. Your dentist will tell you when you can resume activities that are more strenuous. Tooth extraction healing usually occurs within a week, but may take longer if one of your molars has been extracted. Healing from surgical extractions usually takes a bit longer, so follow your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s instructions.
If you’ve been looking for a qualified dentist for tooth extraction in Center City Philadelphia, contact our office today. We’ll be happy to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced dentists right away.