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Tooth Extraction – Understanding the Process of Pulling Teeth

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The average person associates pulling teeth with trauma and pain, but tooth extraction is really a relatively simple procedure that dentists perform to prevent more serious complications in a damaged or decaying tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth are a common cause for extractions; even if they don’t cause obvious symptoms, they can lead to infection and pain later in life. A tooth that crowds out adjacent teeth or erupts at an inappropriate angle may also be extracted. Here are some commonly asked tooth extraction questions:

What is the Tooth Extraction Cost?
In advance of your dentist pulling teeth, it’s important to discuss the tooth extraction cost. The price of an extraction depends on a variety of factors, including the location and condition of the tooth and the patient’s overall health. In general, a wisdom tooth extraction costs more than a routine extraction of a loose or damaged tooth. Patients without dental insurance can discuss financing options with their dentist. Many clinics offer reasonable payment plans.

Is There Pain When Pulling Teeth?
It’s normal to feel anxious about feeling pain during a tooth extraction, but in most cases, it can be reduced or eliminated. Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. Conscious sedation is a possible solution for patients experiencing extreme anxiety. To prepare the tooth for extraction, the dentist will rock it back and forth and rotate it to widen the socket. When the tooth becomes detached from its connecting tissues, the dentist will remove it, and place gauze over the exposed gum.

What Should I Do After My Tooth Extraction?
Following the tooth extraction, your dentist will provide specific instructions that will help to facilitate healing, which may include:

  • Applying ice to reduce swelling
  • Taking an antibiotic.
  • Avoiding certain foods for several days.
  • Prohibiting strenuous exercise for a short time.

Be aware that complete healing after a tooth extraction will take several weeks.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Reading, call Gentle Dental of Reading today at (484) 334-2592 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Reading. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Reading, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Reading.

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