Has your dentist told you that you need to have a tooth pulled? If so, you may have a lot of questions. You may even feel nervous. We’re here to assure you that our dentists do not recommend pursuing dental extractions unless it is absolutely necessary. When you have your procedure done, you will be given anesthetic so that you won’t feel anything while your tooth is being pulled.

Can You Tell Me About Tooth Extraction Cost?

The costs for dental extractions are determined by a number of different factors, so we won’t be able to give you an estimate until after one of our dentists has seen you. Pricing is determined by the complexity of the extraction, as well as how many teeth need to be removed. Please let us know if you have dental insurance. Many of our patients are able to save money due to their insurance coverage.

What Do I Need to Know About Tooth Extraction Surgery?

A simple extraction can be done by your dentist. This procedure consists of the dentist utilizing a pair of forceps to grasp the tooth. If your tooth is trapped under your gum line, you will most likely be referred to an oral surgeon to have tooth extraction surgery done. This type of surgery consists of an oral surgeon cutting into your gums so that the tooth can be reached and pulled out.

When Is it Necessary to Have a Tooth Surgically Removed?

There are a number of issues that make it necessary to have a tooth pulled. Patients who have advanced tooth decay, severe gum disease or extensive injury to a tooth may need to pursue dental extraction in order to be relieved from pain. While our dentists will always work to save your teeth, there are times when it just isn’t possible. The situations detailed below often lead to our dentists recommending dental extractions.

Will My Cracked, Broken or Severely Decayed Teeth Be Pulled by a Dentist?

When damage caused by a decayed, broken or cracked tooth reaches the middle of the tooth, our dentist will decide whether a root canal is a feasible treatment option. If it isn’t, he or she will recommend that you have a tooth extraction. Once the tooth has been removed, you will be given a variety of tooth replacement options so that the structure of your mouth and the positioning of your teeth remain unchanged.

Is It Necessary to Extract Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth sometimes prevent adult teeth from coming in properly. When this happens, our dentist will usually recommend that the baby tooth be pulled. Baby teeth are also removed in cases of infection or advanced decay. Our friendly and compassionate team has plenty of experience in dealing with children who are nervous about getting a tooth pulled. Contact us today to book an appointment for your child.

Why Are Teeth Pulled When a Patient Has Advanced Stage Gum Disease?

If left untreated, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, breaks down the ligaments that hold the teeth inside of the mouth. Patients who are experiencing pain due to being in the advanced stages of gum disease may need to have one or more of their teeth pulled in order to relieve them from their pain.

What Do I Need to Know About Having My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Wisdom teeth extractions are routine procedures that remove the third set of molars that tend to grow in when a person is in his or her teens or early twenties. Since most people don’t have enough room for an additional set of molars, the wisdom teeth need to be taken out in order to avoid issues like crooked tooth, damage to the jawbone, and infection. Your regular dentist can remove wisdom teeth that have already erupted past the surface of the gums. If your wisdom teeth are stuck under your gums, you will be referred to an oral surgeon to have the teeth surgically extracted.

Why Do Crowded Teeth Need to Be Pulled?

Braces are necessary when a person doesn’t have enough room in his or her mouth to accommodate the adult teeth. Your dentist may want to pull one or more teeth in order to make sure that there is room for the teeth to be adjusted through the use of orthodontic treatment.

What Can I Expect After My Extraction?

It’s important to follow the instructions that your dentist gives to you after a tooth removal. This is because the extraction site needs to be given the opportunity to properly heal. Your instructions will most likely tell you to avoid any strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after your tooth has been pulled. You will also be instructed on how to relieve yourself of any pain or swelling that may occur due to the procedure.

How Long Will It Take for Me to Fully Recover?

Tooth extraction healing is generally completed within a week. It will take longer for the extraction site to heal if the tooth that has been pulled was a molar. Surgical extractions also take a little longer to fully heal.

To learn more about how one of our dentists can give you a tooth extraction in South Bend, give us a call at . We will schedule you an appointment to assess your dental health needs as soon as possible.

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