Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you might have a tooth that just can’t be saved—even by one of our dentists. Here are just a few of the many reasons you may need a tooth extraction, and why you shouldn’t worry:
Some people are born with more teeth than others, and if your mouth seems crowded, you might need to have some teeth removed. Teeth can be extracted to make room for teeth to spread out during orthodontic treatment, or to make room for permanent teeth in children to come in.
If left untreated, small cavities can snowball into infections that can spread into the bone. In addition to being incredibly painful, these infections can also be dangerous to your overall health, which is why infected teeth are often removed. If Dr. Clark finds that the tooth wouldn’t benefit from a root canal or another endodontic treatment, they might recommend an extraction to stop the spread of infection.
Anytime you sustain a facial or oral injury, your teeth are susceptible to damage. If you are left with severely chipped or fractured teeth, it might need to be removed and replaced with an implant or a denture.
Teeth might also be extracted if they didn’t form properly, or if they don’t meld well with the rest of your smile. For example, if you have a tooth that has been ravaged by years of decay, Dr. Clark might recommend removing it and replacing it with an implant to perfect your smile.
Cost Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Some people opt for tooth extractions as a way to save money. For example, if you have a damaged tooth that would need extensive repairs, you might choose to have it extracted instead and replaced down the road. The price of tooth removal varies depending on your individual situation, but they typically start at around $75.
What To Expect During Your Extraction
Before your teeth are extracted, the dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Dr. Clark will then use special tools to gently remove the tooth. Most patients report feeling pressure, but not pain. Afterwards, the hole will be stitched up to reduce bleeding. To reduce the instance of dry sockets, patients are encouraged not to wash their mouths out or swish water for 24 hours. Simple pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen are typically enough to ward off any pain that patients might feel after the procedure.