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While we consider teeth extractions a last resort, we do extract both permanent and baby teeth for our patients. Our dentist will numb the area, rock the tooth back and forth, and then use forceps to pull the tooth out. The procedure only takes a few minutes and while you may feel our dentist rocking your tooth back and forth, you should not feel any pain. More often than not, an extraction can put an end to toothaches.
What Would I Have to Pay for a Tooth Extraction?
Your non-surgical tooth extraction cost will depend on how difficult the tooth will be to remove and whether you have local or sedation anesthesia. Contact our office to schedule your exam and we can give you an estimate of your cost. If you have dental insurance, we will check to see if your extraction is covered.
Why is a Surgical Tooth Extraction Different from a Dental Extraction?
For a surgical extraction, a dentist cuts an incision in the gum to be able to reach the tooth. In many cases, you will have stitches after a surgical extraction.
When is Getting a Tooth Pulled the Only Option?
When a tooth is so badly infected or damaged that it can’t be saved, a tooth extraction is the only option. Pulling healthy teeth is rare, except when you mouth is overcrowded. Common reasons for extractions include decayed teeth, advanced stages of gum disease, and crowded teeth, among other reasons.
Do Badly Decayed, Fractured or Broken Teeth Need To be Pulled?
If saving the tooth with a root canal and a crown isn’t feasible, our dentist will recommend having the tooth pulled. A badly broken or rotted tooth is typically very painful. In you need a tooth extraction in Chesapeake, please call us to arrange an appointment and be sure to let us know that you are in pain, so we can fit you in as quickly as we can.
Why is a Baby Tooth Pulled?
We may extract a baby tooth if it is not falling out in time or the tooth has a cavity that is too large to fill.
What if a Tooth is Loose from Gum Disease?
If you have advanced gum disease and treatment has not halted its progression, we will extract the tooth for you. Call us to schedule an appointment.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Wisdom teeth can cause numerous problems, as many of our patients have discovered. They can grow in crooked, they can damage adjacent teeth or they can damage your jawbone. If your dentist notices wisdom teeth issues in your x-rays, he or she will determine if the teeth need a simple extraction in our office or if you will need a referral to an oral surgeon.
Why Would Someone Getting Braces Need Tooth Removal?
Braces fix teeth alignment issues that occur when someone has too many adult teeth for the size of their jaw. Removing one or more teeth gives the braces room to straighten the remaining teeth.
What Do I Need To Do After Having a Tooth Extracted?
Our dentist will give you a list of things that you should not do in the first 24 hours to allow a blood clot to form at the extraction site, please follow these tooth extraction healing instructions carefully. You’ll also receive instruction for reducing swelling and pain. Generally, an OTC pain reliever is sufficient when you have a simple extraction.
How Fast Does the Tooth Extraction Heal?
With a simple extraction by your dentist, you should heal in about one to two weeks. A surgical extraction or a molar extraction will take longer to heal. Following the aftercare instructions will make your healing process easier and faster.
If you need an appointment to get a tooth extracted in Chesapeake, contact our office to schedule your exam.