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Even though we do our best to save a patient’s tooth, sometimes the tooth is too badly damaged for us to save it and a tooth extraction is the only option. Damage can be the result of infection, decay or trauma but it may mean that the tooth isn’t salvageable. The compassionate dentists at our office in West Palm Beach will make your tooth extraction as painless as they can and ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
What’s the Cost of a Tooth Extraction in West Palm Beach?
During your initial consultation with the dentist at our office in West Palm Beach, your dentist will complete a thorough examination of your teeth and determine the procedures that you’ll need. You’ll then be provided with a tooth extraction cost estimate. Part of the cost may be defrayed by your dental insurance plan, so let us know if you have dental insurance.
How Is a Surgical Extraction Different Than a Tooth Extraction?
If a tooth hasn’t erupted or is only partially erupted, we may refer you to an oral surgeon. This type of extraction falls under the category of oral surgery, whereas a routine extraction falls under the category of general dentistry.
When Is the Only Option Extraction?
If a tooth has severe decay, if it’s cracked or broken, or if there’s extensive gum disease, an extraction may be the only option. An extraction will alleviate the excruciating pain that a damaged tooth can cause and may be the only remedy for it. We always prefer to save our patients’ teeth, but sometimes it isn’t possible.
Can a Dentist Remove Broken, Cracked, or Severely Decayed Teeth?
If the decay in your tooth has reached the center of it, you may need a root canal and we may refer you to an oral surgeon. Otherwise, we’ll recommend an extraction which should alleviate your pain. After the extraction, your dentist will discuss your options for replacing the tooth. Furthermore, the dentist will explain how replacing the tooth helps to maintain the structural integrity of your other teeth and your jaw.
Do You Extract Baby Teeth?
If a baby tooth is prohibiting the eruption of the adult tooth, then our dentist may recommend an extraction. If the baby tooth has a large cavity or is infected, it may also be pulled. If your child has a problem tooth, call our office in West Palm Beach to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists who are adept at working with children.
If I Have Advanced Gum Disease, Do I Really Need an Extraction?
Periodontal disease causes teeth to become loose because it’s attacking the ligaments that secure your teeth. Often, an extraction is the best remedy for your pain. When your periodontal disease is eliminated, we can provide alternatives to the teeth you have lost. Call our office in West Palm Beach for more information or to schedule a consultation.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
In your early adulthood, you’ll develop a third set of molars called wisdom teeth that appear in the very rear of your mouth. Unfortunately, many people lack the room for them and the teeth must be removed. If yours have erupted and are causing pain or damage to adjacent teeth, or if they are becoming infected, we can extract them. Extracting wisdom teeth is a very common procedure and we’ll ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. Call our office in West Palm Beach to schedule a consultation if your wisdom teeth are causing a problem.
How Does Dental Overcrowding Occur?
If you have more teeth than your mouth can accommodate, your teeth can grow in crooked. If you plan to have braces, you may need one or more extractions in order to make room for the straightening process. This is a common occurrence and we can help you, so call our office in West Palm Beach for an appointment.
Do I Get Aftercare Instructions for Getting a Tooth Pulled?
Immediately after having your tooth pulled, your dentist will supply you with a list of proper care techniques for your mouth. Following these instructions is vital to the success of your procedure as your incision needs to be able to heal properly. Your instructions will include methods for alleviating swelling or discomfort, but be sure to call our office in West Palm Beach if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth extractions.
What’s the Average Healing Time for an Extraction?
During the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction in West Palm Beach, we recommend that you don’t engage in any type of strenuous activity. After 24 hours, moderate activities are acceptable but nothing extreme. Tooth extraction healing time is different for each patient, so your dentist will let you know when you can resume strenuous activities. Complete healing of your tooth removal site usually takes about a week, but molar extractions can take longer than a week. If you’re had oral surgery, it will take longer to heal.
If you need a tooth pulled in West Palm Beach, call our office at (561) 232-6896 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.