Tooth Extraction

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What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is performed by Dr. Collins and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. Removing visible teeth is a simple extraction. Teeth that are broken, below the surface, or impacted require a more involved procedure.

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How much does a tooth extraction cost?

The cost of a tooth extraction varies widely depending on whether the tooth is impacted. Contact Diamond Dental to schedule a consultation to determine treatment and payment options.

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Extractions

Unfortunately, in some situations, a tooth or teeth have had such extensive destruction by cavities, gum disease or trauma that the tooth or teeth must be removed. When a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth often shift and tilt since the stability of the arch has been compromised by the loss of the extracted tooth. This situation leads to an increased risk for cavities, periodontal disease and the loss of more teeth. To prevent additional loss of teeth, it is very important to replace missing teeth with partials, bridges or implants, depending on the unique situation of each individual.

What to expect
Dr. Collins will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, Dr. Collins is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.

Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.

What Happens When Teeth are Damaged?

When your teeth are damaged, it is important to schedule a dental appointment right away, even if the damage does not seem that bad at the time of the injury. While small damage might only cause a cosmetic issue, it can worsen over time. More significant damage can cause serious issues. The strength of the affected teeth may become compromised, putting the tooth at risk of splitting or shattering. The health of the tooth is at risk as well. Damage that extends past the enamel can allow bacteria to enter inside of the tooth. This can lead to a painful infection that not only affects your tooth, but that can put your whole-body health at risk as well.

When is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Following damage, the preferred solution is to restore the affected teeth. There are a few different ways this can be done, depending upon the size and severity of the damage. Common restorations for damaged teeth include fillings, crowns, and root canals. If the damage is too severe, saving the affected tooth may not be possible. You may need a tooth extraction if:

  • You have a split or shattered tooth.
  • The damage to the tooth travels below the gum line or is completely below the gum line.
  • You have severe tooth decay that cannot be treated with a filling or crown.

There are also a few other situations in which a tooth extraction may be required. In these situations, the teeth are not damaged, but they can still cause issues. These situations include:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Needing orthodontic treatment to correct overcrowding

Types of Tooth Extractions

There are two types of tooth extractions that may be performed depending upon your situation. Simple tooth extraction is one like the name suggests, is fairly simple and straightforward. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic.  The other type of extraction that may be performed is a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is used in more complex or complicated situations. Like simple extractions, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the extraction site so that you do not feel any discomfort.  An incision is made at the tooth to expose the root and surrounding bone. The tooth is then carefully and completely removed from the socket. Once removed, the socket is cleaned out, and the surgical wound is sutured closed.

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“ Over the years my dentist has helped me overcome my fear of going to the dentist and fear of the pain. He is very patient, calming, takes time to explain things so I can understand them and has a sense of humor which helps me. I like my hygienist and the rest of my support staff. ”

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