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Randol Mill Family Dentistry
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Hearing you need a tooth extraction can come as a shock, but our dentist wouldn’t recommend it unless there was no way to preserve your tooth. If you need an extraction, our dentist will make the procedure quick and ensure you don’t feel pain during the procedure.

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Dentist Pull a Tooth?

Your tooth extraction cost depends on the tooth’s accessibility and cost for your x-rays and anesthesia. Our dentist can give you an estimate of your cost after examining the tooth’s condition. We accept most major dental insurance, which can save you money if you have coverage for dental extractions. Please contact our office to make an appointment and learn how much your extraction will cost.

What Are Surgical Tooth Extractions?

When you need a tooth removed, and it is still inside your gum, such as an impacted wisdom tooth or only partially emerged, you will need a surgical extraction. Your dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum tissue to access the tooth and stitch the opening closed once he or she removes the tooth. Expect surgical extractions to take longer to heal than dental extractions.

When Do Dentists Have No Option But Tooth Removal?

Dentists pull teeth that are badly infected, cracked beyond repair or severely decayed. We always prefer to save teeth, but if we recommend an extraction, there is no other option. If you have a tooth for which you need a dentist’s opinion to see if he or she can save it, please call us to schedule an appointment.

Will Dentists Extract Severely Decayed or Damaged Teeth?

Yes, severe decay or broken teeth are often reasons for getting a tooth pulled. If our dentist feels the tooth isn’t repairable, he or she will recommend an extraction so you can replace the tooth with a bridge or implant.

Why Would Small Children Need Baby Teeth Extractions?

Baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth so dentists don’t pull them unless it’s necessary. Our dentist may pull a badly decayed baby tooth if it’s about to fall out and your child is in pain. He or she will also pull a baby tooth if it has been weeks since the tooth has been loose and it has not fallen out by itself. If you’re looking for a dentist experienced with working with young children, please call us to schedule an appointment.

Can I Have a Loose Tooth Pulled if I Have Advanced Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults. Our dentist will always try to restore a tooth’s health and function, but if advanced gum disease ate away the tooth’s support structure, it may not be possible.

Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Painful?

Normally, you don’t feel pain since our dentist will ensure the area is numb before proceeding. Depending on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may also have general anesthesia. If you feel pain, inform your dentist or oral surgeon so he or she can provide more anesthetic.

While not everyone has wisdom teeth emerging between ages 17 to 25, those who do often have at least one which is impacted. Fortunately, we no longer need wisdom teeth. They are a throwback to prehistoric times when cavemen ate tough meats. Our jaws have shrunk since then, but we still have wisdom teeth and often there is no room for them.

Do Dentists Extract Teeth to Relieve Overcrowding?

Yes, there are people who have too many adult teeth, but our dentists commonly pull teeth for patients getting braces. Relieving overcrowding gives teeth room to straighten out with braces.

What Are the Instructions After Having a Tooth Pulled?

After an extraction, your dentist will provide you with instructions which are important to follow. If you smoke, drink through a straw, or do anything else to dislodge the blood clot forming at the extraction site, you could end up with dry socket, a very painful condition. Following your dentist’s instructions will also help your extraction site heal quickly.

What’s the Normal Tooth Extraction Healing Time?

If you have a dental tooth extraction, your extraction site should heal in seven to 10 days. Surgical extractions take longer to heal. You can speed up the healing process by sleeping with your head elevated, eating healthy, soft food, and getting enough rest each night.

If you need a tooth extraction in Arlington, please contact us at (817) 642-7909 to schedule an appointment for an exam.

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