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You need to have proper oral hygiene to keep your gums and teeth healthy and attractive, but sometimes getting a tooth pulled is necessary. Schedule a consultation with us to find out if you need a tooth removed.

What Are Dental Extractions?

A tooth extraction involves the removal of a tooth from the bone socket. It’s a simple procedure that typically can be performed while the patient is in the dentist’s chair. The teeth are attached to the jawbone by periodontal ligaments, so during teeth extractions, the dentist simply separates the ligaments and then the tooth is pulled out.

Why Do Teeth Need to Be Pulled?

If you experience tooth pain, we may be able to relieve the pain and restore the tooth. In some cases, however, we can’t save the tooth and have to perform a tooth extraction. Learn more below about when removing a tooth is necessary:

Severely Cracked, Broken or Decayed Teeth

When cracks and breaks get to the pulp in the middle of your tooth, there may be too much damage or decay for the dentist to save it. You might also suffer severe damage to the enamel because of plaque buildup. In these cases, the dentist may recommend that the tooth be pulled.

Advanced Gum Disease

Plaque buildup also causes periodontal disease, which damages your gums. When you don’t get treatment for the infection, the gums begin to separate from your teeth. Next, the infection damages the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. This can make your teeth fall out or so loose that the dentist has to pull them out.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth or Other Problems

For many people, there isn’t room in the jaw for a third set of molars, which people refer to as the wisdom teeth. In some cases, they’re called impacted wisdom teeth because they stay partially or completely under the gumline and affect the teeth next to them. For these reasons, having a wisdom tooth pulled may be necessary to keep your mouth healthy.

Overly Crowded Teeth

Some people simply have jaws that are too small to accommodate all of their permanent teeth. This overcrowding makes the teeth overlap and grow out of alignment. While braces or other orthodontics alone often work, sometimes one or more teeth have to be removed to create plenty of space.

How Much Does Extracting Teeth Cost?

The cost of a tooth extraction in Stratford will depend on the complexity of the procedure and the type of anesthesia that you choose. Our dentist can evaluate your needs, estimate the tooth extraction cost and recommend the best course of action for your budget.

What Is Dental Extraction Surgery?

There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. The dentist can perform a simple tooth extraction on a tooth that is visible by loosening the tooth with an elevator tool and then removing it with forceps.

The dentist will have to perform surgical tooth extraction if the tooth can’t be seen. This happens when it hasn’t grown above the gumline or has broken off at the gumline. For this type of extraction, the dentist will make a small incision in the gum to expose the tooth and then remove it. However, sometimes some of the bone will have to be removed or the tooth may have to be cut in half to be extracted.

What Is the Dental Extraction Aftercare Process?

After having your tooth pulled, the dentist will likely close the surgical site with one or more stitches. You’ll receive instructions for avoiding complications during the healing process. This includes eating soft foods and using a diluted mouthwash or a lukewarm saltwater rinse as part of your oral care regimen until the wound heals.

How Long Is the Healing Process After Extraction Surgery?

The tooth extraction healing process can take one to two weeks. During this time, new gum and bone tissues will grow in the gap where the removed tooth was. Call our office right away if you notice unusual symptoms, such as fever, severe pain or discharge. These side effects are signs of infection. However, complications like these are rare.

Schedule an appointment for a consultation to determine if you need an extraction.

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