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At our dental office we’re dedicated to helping you to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. While our team works to preserve your existing teeth, there are times when having a tooth pulled is necessary. This usually occurs when a tooth is damaged or rotted beyond repair.
What Are Teeth Extractions?
A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that is performed in your dentist’s office. While a tooth removal sounds like a complicated process, it is usually quite simple. The teeth are attached to the jawbone by fibers that are known as periodontal ligaments. These ligaments are able to be easily detached from the jawbone and the tooth so that the tooth can be extracted via a process of manipulating the tooth.
How Common Are Dental Extractions?
Oral surgery and dental extractions are generally considered to be routine dental procedures. Dentists frequently pull teeth and the procedure is considered to be an outpatient one, meaning you’ll be able to go home after the extraction has been completed.
Why Do Teeth Need To Be Removed?
We often receive calls from patients who are experiencing toothaches. Sometimes, we can treat the pain and save the tooth. However, there are other times when the tooth can’t be saved. This is when the dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. There are many reasons why getting a tooth pulled may be necessary. These reasons include:
Cracked Or Broken Teeth
Damaged teeth are a common occurrence. Biting down too hard on a hard piece of food can easily crack or break a tooth. Minor damage can be fixed with a crown. More severe cases may require a root canal and a tooth crown. Major damage may require that the tooth be extracted.
Severe Tooth Decay
Plaque is a sticky substance that is deposited on the teeth every time you eat or drink something. Plaque is comprised of bacteria that can wear away at the enamel of the tooth. If plaque isn’t taken care of by frequent brushing and flossing, a hole in the tooth (also known as a cavity) can form. Small cavities can be treated with a filling. Larger cavities may be able to be repaired with a tooth crown. In instances where the patient has a severely infected tooth, the dentist may recommend that a dental extraction be performed.
Baby Tooth Won’t Come Out
Kids are often excited by the prospect of losing their baby teeth. While baby teeth usually fall out on their own, there are cases where the tooth fails to come out. This can block the permanent tooth underneath and prevent it from growing in. When this happens, the dentist can extract the baby tooth so that the new tooth can come in properly.
Advanced Gum Disease
Did you know that plaque also impacts your gum tissue? When plaque attacks the gums, it can eventually cause periodontal disease. Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease causes your gum tissue to pull away from your teeth. This can cause damage to the ligaments that keep the teeth connected to the jawbone. In severe cases, the dentist may have to perform a dental extraction.
Having braces is a common rite of passage for many teenagers. Braces are frequently recommended in cases where the patient’s jaw is too small to fit all of his or her permanent teeth. When the jaw is too small, it causes the teeth to grow in crooked. In many cases, the dentist will remove one or more teeth before braces are put on.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually begin to show up between the ages of 17 and 25. Many people find that there is not enough room in the mouth for a third set of molars. This leads to the tooth becoming stuck under the gum line, causing mouth pain. In these cases, our dentist will usually recommend that a tooth extraction take place.
What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
The cost of an extraction will depend on a number of factors. If you’re concerned about your bill, contact us and ask about how you can use a discount plan, payment plan or your dental insurance to help you afford having a tooth pulled.
What Happens After My Dental Extraction?
It’s important to follow dental extraction aftercare so that your mouth heals properly. You should avoid rinsing, drinking from straws and spitting forcefully. Soft foods will work best throughout the healing process. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication to help you to manage the pain.
How Long Does It Take to Heal from a Dental Extraction?
In most cases, you will be back on your feet within a day or two after the extraction. By following all of the instructions provided to you by your dentist, you will have a smoother tooth extraction healing process.
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment
If you believe that you’re in need of a tooth extraction in Bartow, give our office a call. We’ll get you an appointment with one of our dentists. Your teeth will be evaluated and we will also take x-rays to determine what the best course of treatment for your teeth is. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.