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Dental Solutions of Upper Darby
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While permanent teeth are extremely durable, sometimes decay or injury can cause so much damage that tooth removal is necessary. Our dentists always try to save your natural teeth, but when it’s necessary to have a tooth pulled, we strive to make the procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

When Is Dental Extraction the Best Option?

Patients with severe gum disease, trauma and decay often need a dental tooth extraction. If you have a very large cavity, for example, there may not be enough healthy tooth remaining to allow a viable restoration. In these cases, getting a tooth pulled not only restores your dental health, but it also helps to stop the pain that accompanies extensive tooth decay. We list a few of the other reasons for teeth extractions in the following sections.

Will My Tooth Extraction Cost Be Affordable?

We understand that you may be concerned about your extraction cost. Our dentist always evaluates your condition first so that we can give you a more accurate price estimate. That estimate is based on several factors, including whether you need a simple or surgical extraction. Dental insurance coverage can also help reduce the cost of having a tooth pulled.

Is an Oral Surgery Extraction Necessary?

In ordinary extractions, dentists use forceps to clamp onto the tooth. When there isn’t enough available tooth to grasp with the forceps, a surgical extraction is often necessary. If your tooth hasn’t erupted through the gum or is only partially erupted, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for the surgical procedure.

When Are Broken or Decayed Teeth Pulled at the Dentist?

Sometimes, decay or cracks that reach the center of the tooth can be repaired with a root canal and a crown. If the tooth cannot be saved with root canal therapy, our dentist will recommend that the tooth is pulled. Pulling the tooth relieves the pain you feel as a result of the tooth damage. Extraction also allows you to replace the tooth with a bridge, implant, or other device that helps to restore your smile. Our dentist will explain your tooth replacement options and discuss the ways that a replacement can help keep your other teeth in alignment and maintain your jaw shape and strength.

When Is Extraction Appropriate to Deal with Advanced Gum Disease?

Advanced stage gum disease is very destructive to your teeth, and it’s the No. 1 cause of tooth loss. Advanced stage periodontal disease creates toxins that destroy the connective tissues and bones that support your teeth. As the disease progresses and more bone and connective tissue are lost, your teeth become loose, unstable, and painful. In these cases, a tooth extraction is usually the best option to stem the progression of the disease and relieve your pain.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Commonly Removed?

Wisdom teeth are problematic for most people because there is often not enough space in the mouth to make room for this third set of molars. This lack of space means that many wisdom teeth cannot come through the gums fully. These impacted wisdom teeth can be painful, become infected and cause damage to adjacent teeth. In most cases, our dentists will refer these cases to an oral surgeon because the molars will need to be surgically removed. If the teeth have room to come in fully, there still may be spatial and decay problems related to the location of the teeth. In these cases, our dentists may be able to perform wisdom tooth extraction at our practice. Feel free to call our office for more information about wisdom teeth removal.

What Happens When Teeth Are Too Crowded?

Teeth that don’t have room to come in properly are usually crooked and prone to decay. To ease those space issues, one or more of teeth may need to be removed. Their removal provides space for braces to straighten teeth.

How Do I Know What to Do for Extraction Aftercare?

Our dentist will explain how to care for yourself after the procedure, and we’ll also provide written directions on activities that must be avoided for 24 hours following the procedure. Following our instructions closely will allow a needed blood clot to form at the extraction site. Our staff will also provide you with advice on how to minimize discomfort and swelling.

Is Healing Fast After an Extraction?

Tooth extraction healing is usually relatively fast, taking about a week. While your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions, you can usually resume light to moderate activity 24 hours following your procedure. Do not engage in anything strenuous until your dentist or oral surgeon has approved your resumption of vigorous activity. While simple extractions heal within a week, your healing process for a surgical extraction may be lengthier.

Restoring your healthy smile is important to us. You can easily get started on regaining your oral health by calling us today for tooth extraction in Upper Darby.

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