Tooth Extraction FAQ

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure typically performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon when a tooth is damaged beyond repair or causing serious oral health issues.

Why might I need a tooth extraction?

Common reasons for tooth extractions include severe tooth decay, infection, impacted wisdom teeth, preparation for orthodontic treatment, and teeth that are broken or damaged beyond repair.

How is a tooth extraction performed?

Tooth extractions can be simple or surgical. A simple extraction involves loosening the tooth with a tool called an elevator, then removing it with dental forceps. A surgical extraction involves making an incision in the gum to remove the tooth, and it’s usually done for teeth that are not easily accessible or broken below the gum line.

Does a tooth extraction hurt?

Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth, minimizing pain during the procedure. You might feel pressure but shouldn’t experience pain. Discomfort after the extraction can be managed with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication.

What is the recovery time for a tooth extraction?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infection, damage to surrounding teeth, prolonged bleeding, dry socket and reaction to anesthesia. However, following Dr. McGrath’s instructions can minimize these risks.

How much does a tooth extraction cost?

The cost of a tooth extraction varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and your location. Dental insurance may cover part or all of the cost, especially if the extraction is deemed medically necessary.

Can tooth extractions affect my other teeth?

Tooth extractions can lead to shifting of the surrounding teeth, affecting your bite and jaw alignment over time. Discuss potential changes with our dentist and consider replacement options to maintain your oral health and dental structure.

Schedule An Appointment

For more information about tooth extractions in Middletown, Connecticut, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. James McGrath, call Apollonia Dental today at 860-704-8000.