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Our practice frequently answers calls from patients wanting to know how we can treat their severe tooth pain. There are a number of dental problems that can cause toothaches and other pains. While many of these issues can be treated while preserving your tooth, other issues may necessitate that the dentist perform a tooth extraction surgery.
What Is Tooth Removal Surgery?
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that requires the dentist to separate the tooth from the ligaments that connect it to the jawbone. These ligaments are called periodontal ligaments. While getting a tooth pulled sounds a little scary, it is a commonly performed procedure that will result in a healthier mouth.
Why Does The Dentist Want To Pull My Teeth?
While many people would rather avoid having a tooth pulled, there are several instances where it is better to take a badly damaged or infected tooth out of the mouth. These situations include:
Broken or Cracked Teeth
Your teeth are pretty strong, but they aren’t indestructible. Biting into something hard can sometimes cause a tooth to break or crack. Minor damage to the tooth can be dealt with by topping the tooth with a crown. More severe cases may require a root canal and/or a dental extraction.
Severe Tooth Decay (cavities)
One of the primary causes of tooth decay is plaque. This substance is made up of bacteria that form on the teeth after you eat or drink. Left untreated, plaque can cause holes to form in the teeth. These holes are called cavities. Severe cavities can lead to the tooth becoming rotted or decayed. When this occurs, the dentist will have to pull the tooth.
Advanced Gum Disease
In addition to attacking your teeth, plaque also attacks the soft gum tissue around your teeth. This can lead to periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Gum disease causes the tissue around the teeth to separate. This leads to loose teeth and can also be quite painful. In severe cases, the dentist may recommend pulling some of the loose teeth.
Stuck Baby Teeth
Is your child losing his or her baby teeth? This joyful milestone is often highly anticipated by children. However, sometimes the baby tooth stubbornly stays put instead of falling out by itself. When this happens, the permanent tooth underneath becomes stuck. Having the baby tooth pulled by the dentist will allow the permanent tooth to grow in.
Once the permanent teeth have started to grow in, many patients discover that there isn’t enough room for all of their teeth. This leads to the teeth growing out of alignment and can cause many serious dental issues in the future. Patients experiencing this issue are usually referred to an orthodontist for braces or other treatments. Before those treatments begin, the dentist may perform a tooth extraction.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that generally start to form in the young adult years. Patients often do not have enough room in their mouths for these extra teeth. This often leads to impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth become trapped under the teeth and gums. This can cause damage to already existing teeth and may also damage the jawbone. Dental extractions are highly recommended when a patient has impacted wisdom teeth.
How Much Will My Tooth Extraction Cost?
The cost for teeth extractions varies depending on how simple or complex your procedure. Our office accepts most forms of dental insurance. We also offer discount plans, special offers and payment options.
What Can I Expect After My Extraction Procedure?
The dentist will give you instructions about what you should avoid until your mouth has healed. These instructions usually include avoiding drinking out of a straw and eating soft foods. You may experience some bleeding. A prescription for pain medication will be included.
What Can I Expect During the Tooth Extraction Healing Process?
If your procedure was a fairly simple one, you will probably be back to normal within two days. More complicated surgeries may require a lengthier healing time.
Call Us to Learn More About Having a Tooth Extraction in Florida
If you’re in need of dental care, call our office to schedule an appointment. Our staff will take x-rays of your teeth and your teeth will be fully examined by the dentist. After the dentist has seen the condition of your teeth, he or she will determine whether or not you need an extraction. To learn more about how we can help you achieve top-notch dental health, call us.