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Many people become nervous when they hear that they are getting a tooth pulled; however, our dental team puts our patients at ease. Dental extractions are not painful, they actually relieve dental pain. If you are in good health, you will heal quickly. Contact us if you are worried about having a dental extraction, we cater to patients who are uncomfortable at dental offices.
How Does a Dentist Perform a Tooth Extraction?
Dentists start by numbing the area and using a tool to loosen the tooth. Next, the dentist uses a pair of forceps to grab the tooth and pull it out. The whole tooth extraction procedure takes less time than the local anesthesia takes to numb the extraction location.
What Is the Average Tooth Extraction Cost?
There is no average cost since each patient’s circumstances are different. A non-surgical extraction will cost less than an extraction performed by an oral surgeon. If you do not have insurance, our dentist can quote an estimated price after examining the tooth. In many cases, dental insurance covers at least a portion of the cost.
Why Are Teeth Extractions Done?
There are a number of reasons why a dentist will suggest that you have your tooth pulled and they can include breaking a tooth, suffering from tooth decay, requiring extractions before placing dental devices and other reasons.
Does Your Tooth Have a Bad Break?
A severely cracked or broken tooth may warrant tooth removal if our dentist cannot repair the tooth.
Do You Have Extensive Tooth Decay?
When you have a cavity that is too large to fill, you can experience severe pain. Our dentist may need to pull the tooth to stop your pain. Call us if you have intense tooth pain and we will try to schedule an appointment for you as quickly as we can.
Do You Have Too Many Teeth in Your Mouth?
When you mouth is too crowded, your teeth come in misaligned. To straighten your teeth with braces or receive your full dentures, our dentist may need to extract several teeth.
Do You Have Advanced Gum Disease?
If your teeth are becoming loose, you may have advanced gum disease. There are only a few options open to you at this point. Our dentist may suggest a bone graft or an extraction.
Do You Have Pain Caused by Wisdom Teeth?
If your jaw is sore or the area where your wisdom teeth come in is swollen, please see our dentist for x-rays to determine if it is your wisdom teeth that are causing your problems. Impacted wisdom teeth will require a surgical extraction, but if enough of the wisdom tooth is visible, our dentist may be able to do a dental extraction instead.
What Dental Extraction Aftercare Instructions Will the Dentist Give Me After Having a Tooth Pulled?
The first day after your tooth extraction is the most important. You must let a blood clot form at the extraction site. Therefore, you should avoid spicy foods, smoking and drinking through a straw. Your dentist will provide additional instructions, which may depend on your extraction location.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Healing Process Like?
You will have to make sure you do not disturb the blood clot. In a week or two, you should be fully healed, but you can probably eat solid food before then. Eat on the non-extraction side until the area heals.