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Having a healthy mouth is an essential element of maintaining overall health. That’s why our practice has dedicated itself to providing you with top-notch dental care services. In addition to providing an array of preventative care services, we can also perform tooth extractions when necessary.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A dental extraction is a routine dental procedure in which a severely infected or damaged tooth is pulled out. Since your teeth are attached to your jawbone by periodontal ligaments, the tooth is fairly easy to extract by separating the ligaments from the jawbone.
What Happens During a Dental Extraction?
Many people are understandably nervous about getting a tooth pulled. When you arrive for your tooth extraction appointment, our staff will give you an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. Once the anesthetic has set in, the dentist will be able to work on the tooth removal without causing you unnecessary pain.
When Are Oral Surgery Teeth Extractions Necessary?
We understand that having tooth or mouth pain is unpleasant. When you come in for your appointment, we will work in partnership with you to determine the best treatment for your mouth. Sometimes, this will require having a tooth pulled. There are many instances when this may be the best option. Some of the reasons why your tooth may be pulled include:
A Tooth That Is Broken or Cracked
Cracked or broken teeth are a common dental ailment. Minor or moderate damage to the tooth can usually be treated with a crown placement or a root canal combined with a crown. In more serious cases, the damaged tooth may have to be removed. In these cases, the dentist will usually recommend a tooth extraction.
Severe Tooth Decay
Tooth decay occurs when there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria that eat away at the enamel of the tooth. Whenever you eat or drink something, plaque is left behind. If plaque isn’t taken care of, it will eventually form a hole in the tooth. This hole is commonly called a cavity. While many cavities can be treated with a filling or a crown, severe cavities could require a dental extraction.
Advanced Gum Disease
Did you know that plaque also causes gum disease? Untreated plaque can lead to bacteria attacking your gum tissue, leading to periodontal disease. As this infection builds, it can lead to the gum tissue pulling away from your teeth, ultimately leading to loose teeth. In severe cases of periodontal disease, a dentist will usually recommend that the impacted teeth be pulled.
Baby Tooth Won’t Fall Out On Its Own
Losing baby teeth is a highly anticipated milestone for children. Most of the time, the loose baby tooth will fall out on its own. However, there are occasions when the tooth doesn’t come out on its own and the permanent tooth underneath becomes trapped. When this happens, the dentist will have the tooth pulled so that your child can have a happy and healthy smile.
Once the permanent teeth have grown in, many people discover that there is not enough room in their mouth for all of their permanent teeth. This issue causes overlapping and can cause the teeth to grow in out of their proper alignment. Orthodontic treatments such as braces are often recommended in these cases. Before orthodontic treatment is pursued, the dentist may extract some of your teeth to make room for them.
Impacted wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually begin to grow between the late teen and early adult years. Often times, there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate these extra teeth. This can lead to the wisdom teeth becoming impacted. Without treatment, impacted wisdom teeth can damage your teeth, your jawbone and can even lead to infection. A dentist can remove the impacted wisdom teeth through a dental extraction surgery. In some cases, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth removal.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
The cost of your procedure will vary depending on how many teeth you need pulled and how complex the extraction will be. Call our office to discuss payment options. We accept dental insurance, dental discount plans and can arrange a payment plan if you need one.
What Happens Afterwards?
Dental extraction aftercare typically involves being prescribed a painkiller. Soft foods are also recommended until the area has begun to heal. Your dentist will tell you exactly how to approach the tooth extraction healing process.
How Long Is the Healing Process After an Extraction?
Most extraction procedures only require a day or two to heal. More complicated procedures may take longer.
Schedule Your Appointment for a Tooth Extraction in Central Brandon Today
The only way to determine if you need to have a tooth extracted is to schedule an appointment with a dentist. At our office, we will take x-rays and evaluate your teeth so that we can determine the best course of action for your dental health. This could mean saving your natural tooth or having a dental extraction performed. Call our office to book your appointment with one of your friendly and professional dentists.