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We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
While we will always try to save our patient’s teeth, sometimes an extraction is the only option. For people who have dental phobia, hearing that they need an extraction can be scary. However, getting a tooth pulled by a dentist is usually a very quick procedure that can be virtually painless.
What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
Our dentist will have to determine if the extraction is simple or a surgical extraction, and how hard the tooth will be to remove before quoting a price. Please inform us if you have dental insurance, which could cover a percentage of the cost.
What is an Oral Surgery Extraction?
Oral surgeons extract teeth in cases where the tooth hasn’t erupted through the gum or when only a small portion of the tooth is visible. Our dentists will refer patients to an oral surgeon when there isn’t enough of the tooth to grasp and pull out with forceps.
When is Having a Tooth Pulled the Only Option?
Severe decay, trauma or gum disease can make an extraction unavoidable. In cases where severe decay (a large cavity) makes a tooth unrestorable, the tooth extraction actually stops the agonizing pain. While we prefer to save teeth, there are times when we may not be able to, like the situations listed in the following sections.
Can I Have Severely Decayed or Cracked, Broken Teeth Pulled at the Dentist?
If you have a cracked, broken or severely decayed tooth where the damage has reached the middle of the tooth, our dentist will determine if a root canal is feasible. If not, we will recommend that you have the tooth pulled. This will relieve any pain you are feeling. After the extraction, our dentist will explain why replacing the tooth is important to keep your other teeth from moving.
Why Are Baby Teeth Sometimes Pulled?
Our dentist performs baby tooth removal procedures when the baby tooth is blocking the adult tooth, it is infected or the baby tooth has a cavity that is too large to fill. If your child needs an extraction, please call our office for an appointment. Our dentist is skilled at putting children at ease.
Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary When I have Advanced Stage Gum Disease?
With severe periodontal disease, teeth become loose because the disease is attacking the ligaments that hold the teeth in place. If you are in pain, a tooth extraction if often the best option for relief.
We have a third set of molars (wisdom teeth) that come in the late teens or early adulthood years; however, many of us don’t have jaws large enough to support these teeth. When the teeth try to emerge, a number of problems may occur, including infection, damage to the jawbone or the teeth may come in at an angle. If our dentist can extract the teeth, he or she will. If the wisdom teeth have not come out of the gum yet, our dentist will most likely refer you to an oral surgeon to surgically extract the teeth. Wisdom teeth extractions are common.
Teeth That Are Too Crowded
When you have too many adult teeth in your mouth, they grow in crooked. To accommodate braces, you will need one or more teeth extracted to make room for the other teeth to straighten out.
What are the Usual Dental Extraction Aftercare Instructions?
In the first 24 hours after your extraction, our dentist will give you instructions and a list of things that you cannot do. It is vital that you follow these instructions so a blood clot forms where your tooth was pulled. You will also receive instruction on how to minimize any discomfort or swelling.
How Fast Does an Extraction Site Heal?
With dental extractions, you can engage in moderate activities, nothing strenuous, after the first 24 hours. Our dentist will tell you when you can engage in strenuous activities. Your tooth extraction healing should be complete within a week, but molar extractions will take longer. When an oral surgeon extracts your tooth, the site takes longer to heal.
If you are looking for a dentist who can perform a tooth extraction in Chesapeake, call our office today at (757) 320-4379 to schedule an exam.