Dental Solutions of Roxborough
6162 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128
While it’s always best to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible, disease and injury can damage your natural teeth so extensively that the only recourse is tooth removal. Our experienced dentists take care to make the short procedure as painless and comfortable as possible.
Dental extraction may be unavoidable when extensive gum disease, decay or trauma damage the tooth so extensively that it cannot be repaired. If you have a large cavity, you will also find that extraction helps stop the excruciating pain that comes with severe decay. There are several other conditions that make extraction necessary; take a look below for some of these other conditions.
Since each patient’s needs are unique, our dentist needs to evaluate your tooth before quoting a tooth extraction cost. Your cost will be affected by several issues, including If your tooth is difficult to remove and if you need a surgical extraction. You can often reduce your out-of-pocket cost by providing us with your dental insurance information. Dental insurance usually covers part of the cost of extraction.
During a simple extraction, the dentist grasps onto the tooth with forceps to remove the tooth. In some cases, though, there isn’t enough tooth showing above the gum to clamp onto with the forceps. This can happen when a tooth hasn’t fully erupted through the gum. In this situation, or if the tooth is still entirely below the gum line, tooth extraction surgery will need to be performed by an oral surgeon.
Sometimes, you can avoid having a decayed, broken or cracked tooth removed if it can be restored with root canal therapy. If the tooth cannot be saved, our dentist will advise you to have the tooth pulled. After pulling the tooth, our dentist will also talk with you about the importance of replacing the tooth. A bridge or other dental implant replacement helps keep your other teeth in alignment and restores your healthy smile.
Our dentist may recommend a variety of treatments to try to stop the progression of your gum disease. But when periodontal disease advances, it attacks the connective tissue and bone that supports your teeth. As a result, teeth begin to loosen, and extraction is often necessary. Advanced stage gum disease can also be painful, and dental extraction can be an option for relieving that pain.
Impacted wisdom teeth, or wisdom teeth that haven’t fully erupted due to space constraints, usually lead to several problems. These teeth can be painful, they can become infected, and they can harm adjacent teeth. For this reason, we often refer patients with impacted wisdom teeth to oral surgeons for extraction. If the teeth have fully erupted through the gum, our dentist will evaluate if the wisdom teeth removal can be performed in our office. Wisdom teeth extractions are commonly performed because most people don’t have jawbone space to accommodate these new molars.
Yes, having too many teeth or too small of a jaw can cause tooth overcrowding. This overcrowding forces new teeth to grow in crookedly. Teeth can be straightened by removing one or more teeth to create space and placing braces on the teeth. If your teeth are crooked or overcrowded, call our office to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Our dentists and experienced team will provide you with verbal and written instructions about your care following the procedure. During the first 24 hours, you must avoid certain activities, such as drinking through a straw, so that a blood clot forms in your tooth socket. We’ll also provide you with tips for alleviating discomfort or swelling after your extraction.
Healing from getting a tooth pulled is usually fairly straightforward. For the first 24 hours after your procedure, you should rest. After the first day, you can often return to light or moderate activity, avoiding vigorous activity until your dentist gives you the green light. Within a week, you should expect to be mostly healed from the extraction, although recovery time is a bit longer for surgical tooth extraction healing.
If you’ve been looking for an experienced dentist who can provide a tooth extraction in Roxborough, give us a call. We can provide you with all of the answers to your questions about having a tooth pulled after you’ve been examined by our dentist.