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For dentists, pulling a tooth is a last resort. If we have to pull a tooth, our dentist does it quickly and efficiently; you shouldn’t feel any pain. In cases where you have a severe infection or a large amount of decay, tooth removal stops your pain. If treatment is required to repair or save your teeth, our dentist will discuss your options with you.

How Much Will a Tooth Extraction Cost?

You would have to call our office for an appointment. Our dentist needs to examine the tooth before estimating your cost. Factors that influence the cost include whether you need a surgical or nonsurgical extraction, the tooth’s location, and whether you have dental insurance which covers extractions. Your anesthesia choice will also affect your cost.

When Would I Need a Surgical Extraction?

Patients need surgical extractions when there’s no tooth visible above the gum line. An oral surgeon or experienced dentist has to cut the gum to reach the tooth and remove it. You’ll have stitches to close the incision site. Dentists perform dental extractions when they can grasp the tooth with forceps and easily pull it out. Our dentist will perform a more affordable dental extraction whenever necessary.

When Are Tooth Extractions the Only Option?

Ideally, dentists want their patients to keep their natural teeth for life, but sometimes there is no way to save a tooth. Cracks that extend through the whole tooth, infections, extensive decay, and loss of the tooth’s support structure may make extraction the best option.

Will a Dentist Pull My Badly Broken or Cracked Tooth?

In cases of irreversible damage, our dentist will have to pull the tooth. If the tooth is so damaged it can’t be saved, the extraction will relieve the intense pain you may be feeling. If you have a badly damaged tooth, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Why Would a Child Have a Baby Tooth Pulled?

There are several reasons for a dentist to extract a baby tooth. If the tooth is severely decayed beyond restoration, our dentist will pull it to stop the pain. Dentists also pull baby teeth when the tooth is badly damaged from trauma or when the baby tooth won’t fall out so the adult tooth can emerge. If your child needs an extraction, contact our office for an appointment. Our team excels at making young patients feel comfortable with the tooth extraction procedure.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Such a Problem?

When teenagers and young adults get their wisdom teeth, there are usually problems. Either the teeth can’t emerge because there isn’t room or they emerge crooked, pressing into other molars. Since we don’t need wisdom teeth, dentists and oral surgeons often remove them for their patients before they begin to cause problems. If you have wisdom teeth that are causing you problems, please call our office for an appointment.

Will Dentists Pull Teeth Loosened by Periodontal Disease?

If the support structure of your teeth is damaged by gum disease, it may not be possible to save your loose teeth. Having your dentist pull the teeth reduces your chance of the site becoming infected.

Can I Have Teeth Extractions to Relieve Crowding?

Our dentists can extract teeth for adolescents and adults when they have too many teeth for the size of their jaw. We primarily remove teeth to relieve crowding for orthodontic reasons. If your child needs extractions before getting braces, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

What Should I Do After Getting a Tooth Pulled?

It’s very important you follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to avoid dislodging the blood clot which will form at the site. If you smoke or drink through a straw in the first few days, you can dislodge the clot and develop a very painful condition. Your dentist will explain how to alleviate any discomfort or swelling after your tooth extraction. He or she may suggest you rinse your mouth with warm salt water to kill bacteria and reduce your discomfort.

How Long Does Tooth Extraction Healing Take?

Normal healing for a dental tooth extraction takes about a week, although molar extraction sites take longer to heal. If you sleep with your head propped up during the first seven days, it promotes faster healing. While you can start eating a normal diet in one to two weeks, it will take longer for the site to heal enough for your dentist to place a restoration.

If you need a tooth extraction in Northern Virginia, call our dental offices to schedule an examination.

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