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Dentists won’t suggest an extraction unless there is no way to save the tooth. When people hear the words tooth extraction, they often cringe. While it sounds painful, extractions are simple, quick procedures which are virtually painless. In many cases, the extraction relieves severe pain and leaves your mouth healthier.

How Much Are Teeth Extractions?

Your tooth extraction cost depends on the condition of the tooth, its placement and whether you need a dental or surgical extraction. We accept most major dental insurance plans which often cover extractions. If you call our office to schedule an appointment, our dentist can go over your estimated cost with you after performing an examination.

Are Surgical Extractions Different From Dental Extractions?

When you have a tooth pulled in a dental procedure, the dentist numbs the tooth and gum, loosens the tooth and quickly pulls it out. Dentists and oral surgeons perform surgical extractions when they cannot easily get a hold of your tooth to remove it. They make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the tooth and then close the incision with stitches once the tooth is out.

When Will a Dentist Tell Me Getting a Tooth Pulled is My Only Choice?

There are several circumstances which will leave you with a tooth extraction as your only option, including a severe infection, periodontal disease, or overcrowding. At our dental office, we don’t suggest extractions first if there is another treatment available.

Will a Dentist Pull My Fractured, Broken or Badly Decayed Tooth?

Our dentist will determine if there is a way to repair a cracked or fractured tooth or whether a root canal could preserve a badly decayed tooth first. If saving the tooth isn’t possible, our dentist will pull it.

Why Would a Young Child Have a Baby Tooth Pulled?

Our dentist will pull a baby tooth with severe damage or decay when the tooth will fall out on its own shortly. This relieves the pain for your child. He or she will also pull stubborn baby teeth blocking the adult tooth from emerging. If you’re looking for a kind, compassionate dentist for your child’s extraction, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Should I Get Loose Teeth From Advanced Periodontal Disease Removed?

If you have advanced gum disease, it will begin destroying your tooth’s support structure and the tooth will loosen. Having a loose tooth can be painful, especially when chewing, so our dentist will extract it for you.

Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

No, but most people do. Third molars, or wisdom teeth, appear in the back of your mouth between the ages of 17 to 25. Since we’ve evolved beyond the diet eaten by our ancestors, we don’t need the third set of molars anymore and most people don’t have jaws large enough to accommodate them. This causes the teeth to get trapped under the gum or come in at an odd angle and press against your other teeth. If you’re feeling wisdom teeth pain or pressure, please call our office to arrange an appointment with our dentist.

Do I Need Extractions If My Teeth Are Crowded?

Our dentist can extract teeth to relieve overcrowding and make room for teeth to straighten out with braces. Our dentist will also remove teeth from patients with too many adult teeth. If you need a dentist who will make the extraction procedure as painless as possible, please contact our office to schedule an exam.

How Do I Care for a Tooth Extraction Site?

After a dental extraction, we will provide you with aftercare instructions and go over them with you. A blood clot will form at the extraction site within a few hours after tooth removal. It is essential you don’t smoke, drink through a straw, or perform any actions which would dislodge the clot in the first 24 to 48 hours. If the clot comes out, you could develop dry socket, a painful condition. Your dentist will also explain what to do if you experience swelling or minor pain in the first 24 hours.

How Long Does Tooth Extraction Healing Normally Take?

You should take it easy the first 24 hours if you have a dental extraction. You can start eating normal food in one to two weeks if the site is healing normally. Molar and surgical extractions will take longer to heal. Once the site heals, you can talk to your dentist about replacing the tooth.

If you have a tooth which is bothering you and you want to know if you need tooth extraction in Northern New Jersey, call our office today to schedule an exam.

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