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When a dentist tells you that you need a tooth pulled, it can be frightening. Rest assured, an extraction is a quick, virtually painless procedure done to protect your oral health. Dentists pull teeth only when necessary; we would prefer you to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.

How Much Will Tooth Removal Cost?

Our tooth extraction cost varies. For example, a surgical extraction costs significantly more than a dental extraction. Factors which affect our fees associated with getting a tooth pulled include your dental insurance coverage and the tooth’s location and condition. Our dentist can give you an estimate of your cost if you call us and make an appointment for an exam.

What Is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?

A surgical tooth extraction is when your dentist has to cut your gum to expose the tooth to remove it. Once the tooth has been removed, your dentist will place stitches at the incision site. A surgical extraction takes longer to heal than a dental extraction, where the tooth is visible above the gum line.

When Is Having My Tooth Pulled My Only Option?

There are several circumstances when a dentist has no choice but to pull a tooth. For example, if you have an infected tooth, our dentist may suggest pulling it to keep the infection from spreading to neighboring teeth and throughout your mouth. At our office, you can expect your dentist to explain why you need a restoration to replace your missing tooth.

Will a Dentist Pull My Tooth Which Is Severely Damaged or Decayed?

When possible, we always try to preserve teeth. Nevertheless, there are instances when we cannot save a tooth and you will need a tooth extraction. If we do extract a tooth, our dentist will go over your options for replacing the tooth to keep your other teeth from shifting to fill in the space.

Why Do Dentists Perform Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

Dentists frequently pull wisdom teeth because they give so many people trouble. We no longer need a third set of molars, but they try to emerge in teens and young adults who have no extra room in their jaw. If you have wisdom teeth which have emerged and are pushing against your other molars or they keep getting decayed because it is hard to brush them, our dentist can extract them.

When Do Dentists Extract Teeth Loosened by Periodontal Disease?

Dentists often have to choose between treating a tooth loosened by advanced periodontal disease or pulling the tooth. Our dentist will go over your options with you after considering the tooth’s movement, condition, and other factors.

Why Do Dentists Extract Wisdom Teeth?

About 90 percent of adults have at least one wisdom tooth pulled because there isn’t room for the tooth in their jaw according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. We normally get four wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25, although some people don’t get any. The four extra molars are a throwback to times when our ancestors ate a coarse diet. We don’t need wisdom teeth anymore so if yours are causing problems, such as pain, growing in sideways, or they are causing overcrowding, our dentist can remove them.

Will Extractions Relieve Overcrowding?

Yes, strategically removing teeth can help you obtain a healthy bite. We’re happy to help patients who are preparing for orthodontic treatment.

What Should I Do After Having a Tooth Removed?

The most important thing you can do is follow your dentist’s instructions so you don’t want to dislodge the clot forming at the extraction site. You may feel slight discomfort and experience swelling after an extraction; our dentist will explain how to alleviate these.

How Long Does Tooth Extraction Healing Take on Average?

A dental extraction can take seven to 10 days to heal enough so you can eat a normal diet. Complete healing, meaning the area is ready for a dental implant or restoration to replace the lost tooth, can take one to three months. Expect surgical extractions to take up to three weeks to heal.

If you need a tooth extraction in Hudson Valley, please call our dental practices to schedule an appointment. We welcome new patients.

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