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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.
If you have a severe toothache, you may worry about calling a dental office because you fear hearing you need to have your tooth pulled. There’s nothing to fear. Our dentists don’t pull teeth unless they cannot salvage the tooth. An extraction does not hurt; your mouth will be numbed for the procedure. You may feel slight pressure, but no pain. The procedure is also very quick. Call us today if you suspect you need an extraction.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Usually Cost?
Extraction costs vary depending on the tooth’s placement, the reason for the extraction and whether you need a simple dental extraction or a surgical extraction. Your dentist can determine your tooth extraction cost after an examination. Please let us know if you have dental insurance coverage so we can provide you with an estimate of what you have to pay out-of-pocket. Phone our office to arrange an exam so we can give you a quote.
What’s the Difference Between a Simple and a Surgical Extraction?
With simple extractions, the tooth is above the gum line and the dentist grasps it with forceps and pulls it out. Both the procedure and the healing time are quick. For surgical extractions, an oral surgeon has to cut the gum to access the tooth. If you need a surgical extraction, we will refer you to a local oral surgeon.
When Is a Tooth Extraction My Only Choice?
Your dentist will perform an examination before telling you that the tooth has to come out. Reasons for your dentist suggesting an extraction include having a very large cavity that a root canal won’t save or a broken tooth which cannot be rebuilt. There are other reasons why a dentist will recommend an extraction below.
Will a Dentist Pull a Painful Broken or Decayed Tooth?
Unfortunately, there are times when an accident or disease makes it impossible to repair a tooth. If your dentist suggests an extraction, he or she will talk to you about replacing the tooth with a bridge or an implant. Leaving a missing tooth in your mouth makes it difficult to chew properly and speak clearly.
Will a Dentist Pull a Baby Tooth?
In certain cases, dentists pull baby teeth. If your child had an adult tooth pushing its way out and the baby tooth just won’t fall out, our dentist will suggest baby tooth removal. Our team are experts at putting small children at ease. If your child needs a dental extraction, phone us to arrange an appointment.
Can I Have Teeth Loosened by Gum Disease Pulled?
Advanced gum disease is the main reason that adults have missing teeth in their mouth. Getting a tooth pulled is the best option if the bone and tissue holding the tooth in place are damaged. A loose tooth can hurt, especially when you try to chew. Call our office to have one of our dentists look at your tooth. It may be possible to save the tooth, but if not, you will learn about your replacement options.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extractions So Common?
Wisdom teeth are an unnecessary set of molars that appear between ages 17 and 23. Since we don’t need them anymore, many people don’t have room in their jaw for the teeth. This causes numerous problems because sometimes the teeth come in at odd angles or don’t emerge at all. Call our office today if you have wisdom teeth issues. If the wisdom teeth already emerged, our dentist can extract them. If your wisdom teeth cannot emerge from your jaw, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction.
Will I Need Extractions Before Having Orthodontic Work?
You may need teeth extracted if you are getting braces because your teeth are too crowded, your front teeth protrude or if your bite is asymmetrical. Typically, our dentist removes premolars because they won’t affect your smile’s aesthetics or your ability to chew once the braces come off. Call our office if you are looking for a dentist who will make the procedure fast and painless.
What Will I Have to Do After a Tooth Extraction?
Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions. After your extraction, it is vital you don’t disturb the blood clot forming at the site by making any sucking or blowing actions, such as drinking through a straw, for a day or two. You’ll also learn how to handle any discomfort, which should be minimal.
How Quickly Will My Tooth Extraction Healing Take?
You will have to take it easy for 24 to 48 hours. A simple extraction will take about a week to heal; however, molar and surgical extractions can take up to three weeks to heal.
If you need a tooth extraction in Capitol Heights by a skilled dentist who puts your comfort first, call us at (240) 392-3983 to schedule an appointment.