WHAT IS TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Tooth extraction is a pretty self-explanatory term. It’s a procedure in which a dentist surgically or medically removes your tooth from its bone socket. The reasons for tooth extraction are extremely diverse. You may get tooth extraction for braces, for wisdom teeth, to prevent a bacterial infection from spreading, or for several other reasons. Tooth extraction is also done for cosmetic reasons sometimes if you have overcrowding of teeth. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of tooth extraction and the process of tooth extraction.
Cost of Dental Extraction
The cost of tooth extraction depends on several factors like the location of the treatment, location of the impacted tooth, and other factors. A simple dental extraction procedure may cost between $75 to $200. However, surgical dental extractions are a lot more expensive, ranging at $800 to $4,000.
Why is Tooth Extraction Done?
There are way too many possible reasons for a tooth extraction to list them all out, but the following are some of the primary and most common reasons for tooth extraction.
Bacterial infection in the teeth is extremely common. If you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene or if you don’t go for dental deep cleaning regularly, you may suffer from bacterial infection. This is because the trace amounts of food particles in your mouth turn into plaque and tartar, which invites bacterial infection. Over time, the bacteria infect your teeth and you develop cavities. The dentist will do everything in their power to save the tooth and treat a bacterial infection without you losing your tooth. If the bacterial infection is limited to the enamel or dentin layers, the dentist may just use dental filling. If the bacterial infection spreads to the pulp chamber, they may go for root canal treatment. But if you wait too long before treating the infection, then there may not be any other option but to perform tooth extraction in order to prevent the infection from spreading to your other teeth. If you want to avoid this, you should visit the dentist the moment you see signs of dental infection like persistent bad breath, sensitive gums, or toothaches.
Sometimes, tooth extraction for braces may be necessary. Most dentists avoid tooth extraction before braces, but it’s necessary sometimes. This may be true if you have overcrowded teeth or if your jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate all of them. Tooth extraction for braces may also be done if you have disproportionate teeth or other similar issues. The purpose of teeth removal for braces is to facilitate proper orthodontic treatment without issues.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually erupt late in life, generally in your 20s. When these molars come out, you may experience several issues like overcrowding in your mouth, dental decay, impacted growth, and other issues. If there’s a potential that the erupting molar can cause such issues, the dentist has to remove the wisdom tooth before it can emerge completely. Wisdom tooth extraction can help you avoid several dental issues like gum infection, swelling, pain, etc.
The following are some of the other potential reasons for tooth extraction:
- Fixing an overbite or overcrowding issues in your upper jaw.
- Extracting baby teeth to facilitate the growth of permanent teeth.
- People who get organ transplants are at a high risk of infections because of certain medications. In that case, tooth extractions may be necessary sometimes.
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Process of Tooth Extraction
There are largely two types of tooth extraction processes out there — simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction.
The following are the steps involved in a simple tooth extraction process:
- The dentist applies local anesthesia to your teeth to numb them before the procedure.
- Using a special device, the dentist loosens the affected tooth.
- The dentist uses forceps to extract the tooth.
Surgical tooth extraction is only necessary if you have impacted teeth. The following are the steps involved in the surgical tooth extraction process:
- The dentist will apply both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia to calm you and prevent you from feeling pain.
- If you have some other medical conditions as well, the dentist may also use general anesthesia to make you fall asleep.
- After creating a small incision in your gums above the affected tooth, the dentist will remove some of the bone structure.
- After the bone is removed, the impacted tooth will come loss and then the dentist will extract it.
- The dentist sutures up the incision on your gums.
How to Pull Out a Permanent Tooth?
Extracting a baby tooth is a lot easier and can be done without a dentist’s intervention as well. You just have to follow these tips:
If you need to pull out a permanent tooth, you must go to a dentist so they can deal with any possible complications. The dentist will assess the condition of the tooth, determine what kind of anesthesia you need, and then proceed with the treatment. When a dentist pulls out your permanent tooth, you don’t feel anything. However, if you attempt to do so yourself, you may cause considerable pain and also some complications.
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