Painful teeth are no laughing matter. While we will always try to save your tooth from being removed, there are some cases where a tooth extraction is the only option available to us to alleviate you from your pain. This type of procedure is routine, quick and relatively painless.

How Much Does It Cost to Extract a Tooth?

Our staff is unable to give you an estimate of your tooth extraction cost until one of our dentists has examined your mouth. Your overall cost will vary depending on the number of teeth being pulled, how difficult the teeth will be to remove, and whether you need oral surgery. Check with your dental insurance provider to determine what kind of coverage you have for teeth extractions.

Can You Give Me Information on Oral Surgery Extraction?

In many cases, your dentist will be able to remove the tooth in his or her office by using forceps to grasp and pull on the tooth. However, there are times when a tooth removal can’t take place in this manner because the tooth is located underneath the gum line. In these cases, your dentist will recommend that you visit an oral surgeon in order to have the tooth removed surgically.

How Does a Dentist Decide It Is Necessary to Extract a Tooth?

At our office, we will not recommend that a tooth be extracted unless it is absolutely necessary. This happens when a tooth has been damaged to the point that is unable to be restored. Injury, decay or gum disease are some of the most common reasons why we recommend a tooth extraction.

What Will Happen If the Dentist Can’t Save My Decayed, Cracked or Broken Teeth?

Before determining if a tooth extraction should take place, your dentist will look to see if a root canal is possible. If the damage extends further than the middle of the tooth, your dentist will most likely recommend that a dental extraction takes place. Since a cracked, broken or severely decayed tooth can be painful, having the tooth pulled will immediately relieve you of any pain. Once your tooth has been removed, the dentist will discuss with you the importance of having a replacement tooth put in your mouth. Replacing the missing tooth will keep your other teeth from sliding out of place.

How Does the Dentist Determine Whether to Pull Baby Teeth?

No matter what your age, getting a tooth pulled can be scary. Our practice has plenty of experience in dealing with alleviating the fears of children. We typically recommend that a child’s baby tooth be pulled when a child has a severe infection, injury or decay. In addition, we may recommend that a baby tooth be pulled when it is preventing an adult tooth from coming in.

When Is it Necessary to Have Teeth Pulled in Cases of Advanced Gum Disease?

Advanced periodontal disease, also called gum disease, can cause the teeth to become loose. This is because the disease attacks the ligaments that hold the teeth in the jawbone. This condition can be painful. If you have gum disease and are experiencing pain due to this issue, our dentist may recommend that your teeth be pulled.

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

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth pulled. This is because most of us don’t have enough room in our mouths for three sets of molars. This can lead to problems like infection, bone damage and crooked teeth. In order to prevent these problems from occurring, the wisdom teeth need to be extracted. A simple tooth extraction can be performed on the wisdom teeth if they have already erupted above the gum line. If not, you will need to see an oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth taken out surgically.

Why Are Teeth Sometimes Pulled Before Receiving Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is recommended when a person doesn’t have room in his or her mouth for all of their teeth. This can cause the teeth to grow crooked. Many dentists will pull one or more teeth so that the remaining teeth have room to straighten out once braces are put in.

Will I Be Given Aftercare Instructions?

Your dentist will provide you with a set of instructions to follow after you have had your tooth pulled. These instructions will include a restriction of certain activities. You should be able to resume most activities within 24 hours of your procedure. Be sure to follow your aftercare instructions. This will ensure that a blood clot is able to properly form at the extraction site. Our staff will also provide you with pain and swelling management instructions.

How Long Does the Tooth Extraction Healing Process Take?

Healing from a dental extraction typically takes about a week to complete. It will take longer than one week to heal from a molar extraction or from any form of oral surgery.

To receive more information about how to receive a tooth extraction in Virginia, call an office near you. Our staff is happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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