Want to know about Dental Tooth Extractions? On this page you will find all the information about why your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction, what the dental procedure is, and what the expected recovery period is.
When you need to have a tooth extraction, you can rest assured Dr. Albik has performed thousands of successful procedures for patients just like you. Your comfort during the full treatment and recovery is our top priority. While many extractions can be performed with a local anesthetic, we can also provide sedation options to help relieve any dental anxiety you may have.
Continue reading to learn more about the reasons for, process, costs, and aftercare of a tooth extraction. When you are ready to discuss your dental extraction options with a trained and experienced dentist, please contact our friendly dental office to schedule a consultation.
Top 5 Reasons You May Need A Tooth Extraction
Recommending having a tooth extracted is usually the last option your dentist will recommend when a tooth or teeth have been badly damaged and cannot be restored or repaired. There are five common reasons Dr. Albik may recommend a dental extraction:
1. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is caused by acids secreted by oral bacteria and poor oral hygiene habits which cause erosion of the tooth. The decay will start as a cavity, which can be treated with a dental filling if caught early. The filling can stop further decay and allow you to keep the natural tooth in place. When the decay is not treated, it will continue to spread, weakening the tooth structure. Root Canal Therapy may be a treatment option depending on the amount of damage. However, a large amount of decay can weaken the tooth structure, removing the ability to support a dental crown or filling. To alleviate pain and prevent the decay from spreading to surrounding teeth, Dr. Albik may recommend having the tooth extracted.
2. Tooth Damage
When an accident causes a tooth or teeth to become cracked or chipped, Dr. Albik will first examine the damage to see if it can be repaired with a dental crown or tooth bonding. However, if the crack or chip extends into the tooth pulp, repair may not be possible, and a tooth extraction may be required.
3. Dental Abscess
A Dental Abscess is caused by an infection of the tooth root and surrounding tissues. Left untreated, the infection can extend to other healthy teeth near the abscessed tooth. The first treatment option your dentist will explore is a root canal treatment which removes the infected material within the tooth roots. In cases where a more serious abscess has caused extensive damage to the tooth roots, a dental extraction can be the best treatment plan to prevent the infection from spreading to additional teeth.
4. Misalignment or Crowding
Some patients may have jaw bone structures that are not large enough to accommodate all the adult teeth. In this situation the teeth can become crowded or misaligned. Prior to starting tooth straightening with braces or Invisalign treatment, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend extracting one or more teeth. While this is commonly done during the teen years, many adult patients choose the treatment when they were unable to earlier in life.
The average adult jaw bone will accommodate 28 teeth. However, by the late teens to early 20s, many adults may have up to 32 teeth. The final four teeth are known as the wisdom teeth. For many patients, there is not enough space in the jaw bone for the additional teeth, requiring them to be removed. Often Dr. Albik can perform a simple extraction when the teeth erupt naturally. Overcrowding can cause the teeth to become impacted, requiring them to be surgically extracted.
5. Impacted Teeth
Impacted teeth are commonly the result of overcrowding with the wisdom teeth. A tooth that does not break through the gums, or only partly emerges is considered impacted. The teeth can become twisted, tilted, or displaced when they attempt to come in. An impacted tooth or teeth will generally require a surgical extraction for removal.
“After surfing accident cracked a tooth while on vacation I made an appointment with Dr. Albik. He was able to get me in the same day I got back home. X-rays showed the crack went all the way to the tooth roots. He was able to perform the tooth removal the same day. I was surprised the swelling and pain was less than I expected. A few months later I replaced the missing tooth with a dental implant that looks just like my natural teeth. Thanks Dr. Albik and the whole El Dorado Family Dental team!”
– Alex P. El Dorado Hills, CA
Tooth Extraction Process
Many of our patients are relieved to learn the most tooth extractions are much simpler than they expected. With years of experience extracting thousands of teeth, Dr. Albik has refined his approach to minimize any pain or discomfort you may experience. There are many factors which are taken into consideration when planning your extraction treatment including if the tooth has fully erupted through the gums, if it is impacted, or badly damaged.
Simple Extraction Process
Your comfort before, during, and after your extraction treatment is our first concern. While many patients are comfortable with local anesthetic to nub the tooth and gums, our dental office also offers sedation dentistry if you experience dental anxiety. In these cases, Dr. Albik will prescribe an oral sedative for you to take prior to your tooth removal.
While each treatment can vary, a typical extraction process is as follows. When you first sit in the dentist’s chair, Dr. Albik will review the extraction process before starting treatment. The treatment will begin by Dr. Albik carefully injecting a local anesthetic into your gums to numb the tooth and surrounding areas. Once the area is fully numb, he will then use a dental tool called an elevator to lift the tooth up, exposing the connective ligaments which hold the tooth in place. The tooth may be rocked back and forth to provide more room in the socket. Special forceps are then used to pull the tooth from the socket. Dr. Albik may then use a stitch or two which holds the socket closed to accelerate clotting. The area is then packed with gauze to absorb and stop bleeding.
Once the bleeding has slowed, you are free to drive yourself home in most cases. If you have chosen a sedation dentistry option, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home.
When a tooth is impacted or badly damaged, a surgical extraction is required. If Dr. Albik recommends a surgical extraction, he will review the treatment options available with you during your initial consultation. We often require a family member or friend drive you home after the extraction treatment for your safety.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Following your dental extraction, you may experience swelling and minor pain or discomfort in your jawbone. Dr. Albik will likely prescribe pain medication to reduce swelling and any discomfort in the days following your treatment. We recommend choosing soft foods for at least the first few days. As the normal healing process progresses you can slowly reintroduce harder and chewier foods into your diet. Most our patients resume their normal eating habits within one to two weeks.
Rinsing your mouth with a mixture of salt water is recommended several times a day to promote healing. The salt water helps kill bad oral bacteria while also reducing inflammation and discomfort around the extraction site. An ice pack can be used on the outside of your cheek to help further alleviate any discomfort. Brushing and flossing your teeth is recommended taking care to avoid the tooth socket and gently brushing the surrounding area. Sleeping in an elevated position for the first few days can also help reduce swelling.
It is important to avoid drinking from a straw or smoking while the socket is healing. The suction these actions create can dislodge the clot that forms leading to a condition called dry socket. Dry socket can cause severe pain and slow the healing process. If you experience the symptoms of dry socket, call your dentist who can apply a special dressing to the dry socket which can relieve pain and aid the healing process.
In some cases, Dr. Albik may prescribe antibiotics depending on the reason for the extraction to help recovery. The antibiotics may be used to fight of or prevent and infection in the tooth socket and surrounding tissues. If you are prescribed antibiotics, follow all the directions provided by your dentist.
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“I did not have dental insurance and let a cavity grow to an abscess which required a tooth extraction. El Dorado Family Dental had affordable pricing even without insurance. Hours after the surgery I was already experiencing less pain. The whole staff made me comfortable with their dental care. I highly recommend them!”
– Mitchel D. – Folsom, CA
Replacing an Extracted Tooth
A tooth or teeth that were extracted due to overcrowding or alignment issues, like wisdom teeth removal, will not need to be replaced. When the extraction was done due to decay, abscess, or accidental damage, you will likely be recommended a replacement tooth option once the empty socket has healed.
Dental Implants are the most common and preferred treatment for replacing extracted teeth. The process involves surgically implanting a post in the jawbone, replacing the tooth root. A crown is then placed on top of the post replacing the visible portion of the tooth. Once fully healed, the implant will blend with the surrounding teeth and function like natural teeth. Dental implants help prevent deterioration of the existing jaw bone after an extraction. If a long period of time passes between the extraction and implant treatment, you may need bone grafting to replace any bone deterioration.
Patients who are not good candidates for a dental implant may choose to replace the missing tooth with a dental bridge. This treatment replaces the visible portion of the tooth with a crown attached to either side of the missing tooth.
Dental Extraction Costs
Depending on the cause of your dental extraction treatment the costs can vary. At El Dorado Family Dental, we provide expert tooth extractions at an affordable cost. If you have dental insurance benefits, they may cover all or part of the cost. Our treatment coordinators can review your benefits and explain what your dental insurance will cover. For our patients will no dental insurance or high copays, we offer affordable financing options through our partnership with CareCredit. Appling for CareCredit is a simple process we can easily help guide you through.
Simple tooth extraction can be an affordable dental treatment with or without dental insurance. A simple extraction can start at $150 and increase depending on location and the amount of damage or decay to the tooth. Surgical extractions, severity of how impacted the tooth is, sedation options and other factors can all increase the treatment cost. To learn more about the options for your extraction treatment, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.
While usually a last treatment option, Dental Tooth Extractions are a common and affordable dental treatment when needed. When you need a tooth or teeth extracted you can rest assured our dental staff have years of experience helping patients just like you. Our goal is to provide you with the best oral care at affordable prices while keeping you as comfortable before, during and after your appointment. We welcome you to contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment, review your treatment options and dental benefits.