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Routine dental healthcare is an important element of remaining healthy. While it is preferable to keep your teeth in their natural state, teeth extractions are sometimes required when a dentist determines that a tooth is too damaged or rotten to stay in the mouth. At our practice, our dentists will work with you to carefully consider what the best option is for achieving your optimal oral health.
What is a Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction is also known as a tooth extraction. This is a common procedure consisting of the dentist removing the tooth from the mouth. It may sound complicated, but it is a fairly simple procedure. The dentist will detach the ligaments that connect the tooth the jawbone to get rid of the bad tooth.
Why Do I Need My Tooth Pulled?
You may be feeling a little nervous about getting a tooth pulled and wondering if it is really necessary. A dental extraction is commonly done for the following conditions:
Broken or Cracked Teeth
Have you broken your tooth somehow? If you have, you know that it can be painful. While many broken or cracked teeth can be fixed with a crown, more severe damage may need to be treated by having the tooth pulled.
Severe Tooth Decay (cavities)
Cavities are another common factor behind dental extractions. Cavities form when plaque begins to attack the teeth. Small cavities are easily treated with fillings. Crowns are another option for treating cavities. If you wait too long to have your cavities treated, you will experience severe tooth decay. This usually requires that the tooth be removed.
Advanced Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums that is also caused by plaque. This serious disease can result in an infection destroying the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place. In advanced cases, our dentist will usually recommend pulling the teeth out of the infected area.
Stuck Baby Teeth
If your child is eagerly anticipating having a visit from the tooth fairy but their tooth hasn’t fallen out yet, you may want to make an appointment with our dentist. Baby teeth can sometimes fail to fall out on their own, trapping the permanent teeth underneath them. A simple tooth extraction will allow the permanent tooth to grow unhindered.
Some kids lack the room needed in their mouths for their adult teeth to come in properly. This results in the teeth growing in out of alignment, which can cause an array of issues in the future. Braces or other orthodontic treatments are used to correct this problem. Dental extractions are frequently performed before braces are put on.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth frequently don’t have the room to grow within the mouth, leading to them becoming impacted beneath the gum line. This can be uncomfortable and can also lead to infection and issues with existing teeth. Oral surgery is typically recommended in these cases.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
Our clinic strives to provide affordable care to all of our patients. Pricing on tooth extractions will vary according to how complicated the procedure is. We offer discount plans, special offers and payment plans. Call our office to see if your dental insurance plan will be accepted for your tooth removal procedure.
Will I Need to Do Anything to Care for My Teeth After the Extraction?
We will give you a detailed dental extraction aftercare plan to follow. This usually consists of resting, taking prescribed pain medications and eating soft foods.
How Fast Is the Tooth Extraction Healing Process?
The healing process varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. Most of the time, you will be back to normal within one or two days post extraction.
Learn More About Getting a Tooth Extraction in Sun City
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and believe that you need a dental extraction, give us a call. We will get you in to see the dentist as soon as possible. Once you are in our office, we will perform an x-ray on your teeth and have the dentist look inside your mouth. Afterwards, we’ll be able to determine what kind of treatment you need in order to get your smile healthy again.