A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If you are facing a tooth extraction, it can seem a little daunting and nerve-wracking, but did you know that tooth extraction is a standard dental procedure? Let’s face the fear together and learn more about this standard dental procedure. As your local Richmond dentist, we want you to be fully prepared and educated on all things dental.
In many cases, teeth that are broken or damaged by decay can be fixed with a filling, crown, or other dental treatment. Sometimes, though, the damage is too severe to repair, so your dentist will recommend extraction. Here are some reasons tooth extractions might be necessary:
Decay has reached deep into the tooth.
Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or the surrounding bone.
There isn’t enough room for all of the teeth in your mouth.
Extra teeth block other teeth from coming in.
Baby teeth don't fall out in time for the permanent teeth to come in.
People getting braces or other orthodontic treatment may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that will be moved into place.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in during the late teens or early 20s.
In order to provide the best patient experience, we need to schedule a new patient appointment so our clinical team can evaluate if an extraction is the best treatment plan. Before we begin your treatment, we go over your estimated costs, so you’re not caught off-guard. The cost of a tooth extraction varies depending on a variety of factors.
If you have dental insurance, we work with your insurance company directly to file your claim. We also have a variety of Financial Options for our patients. Our own in-house discount plan helps our uninsured patients get the care they need, and we also have several different flexible payment options. Speak with a friendly team member to learn more about your options!
As your local Richmond dentist, we want to ensure you are confident and comfortable with tooth extractions. If you have anymore questions, feel free to contact our office today and we will be more than happy to give you the best quality care in the Richmond area.