You feel that turn in your stomach whenever you meet a new client. You’re embarrassed to smile and show them your crooked teeth; however, you’re also worried about making the wrong impression if you don’t smile. You’ve considered orthodontic treatment, but you’re not sure which is more uncomfortable: being an adult with braces or being an adult with crooked teeth? The good news is that there is a solution for your situation with clear braces. Here’s what you should know.(more…)
April 19, 2019
March 31, 2019
Dentures in Odessa are the fastest, easiest way to replace multiple missing teeth all at once. This is true whether you choose partial or full dentures. You may also want to consider implant-supported dentures, which avoid the need for adhesive creams and metal clasps. Your dentist can give you more information during your upcoming appointment.(more…)
January 23, 2019
Just like your house relies on a solid foundation to be stable, your gums are the support system for your teeth. When your gums are not healthy, your teeth are in jeopardy. Did you know that your periodontal (gum) health also affects other aspects of your body? Your dentist in Odessa explains what you should know about your oral health and your overall well-being.(more…)
December 20, 2018
When you are experiencing severe dental pain, you may feel like you want to get that tooth out of your mouth no matter what! However, an extraction is only recommended as a last resort and root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth. Here is the important information to know about dental pain and tooth extractions.(more…)
December 10, 2018
Contemplating the thought that you may need a tooth removed can feel overwhelming at first! While a tooth extraction is always recommended as a last resort, there are certain circumstances in which it is the best option to protect your oral health. Rest assured that your Odessa dentist will be there to guide you not only through the extraction process and recovery, but also to help you with tooth replacement options if necessary.
Why Does My Tooth Need to be Removed?
There are a few different circumstances in which your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. These are:
- A tooth that has been fractured, cracked, decayed, or traumatized beyond what root canal therapy can treat.
- To eliminate crowding and expedite orthodontic treatment.
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease.
- Wisdom teeth – or third molars
- A tooth that is impacted (stuck beneath the gum line) or infected
What is the Cost of a Tooth Extraction?
Each patient’s situation varies greatly, and so does the cost of an extraction. Price is based on the complexity of the case, including the number of teeth being removed and which teeth they are. As an example, a back molar is a larger tooth with more roots to remove than a front canine tooth, therefore the cost is higher for a molar.
The good news is that most dental insurance plans allow coverage for extractions and will pay a percentage of the cost. If you are looking at extracting multiple teeth, there are also companies such as CareCredit that help patients break the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments.
Should I Replace My Tooth?
Unless your tooth is being extracted for orthodontic treatment, or it’s a wisdom tooth, it is a good idea to discuss your replacement options with your dentist. Losing a tooth impacts your daily life when you can’t chew food properly or interact with others comfortably. It also affects your oral health by resulting in shifting teeth and bone loss without a tooth replacement.
Dental implants are the gold standard choice for replacing one or multiple missing teeth because they restore both your root and your tooth. This keeps your bone healthy while restoring the function and aesthetics lost with your tooth.
Don’t let a compromised tooth affect your oral health and your life! Contact your dentist today to learn more about how a tooth extraction can help.
About the Author
For over 40 years, Dr. Franklin Boyles has been serving patients in Texas. Now, his son Dr. Stephen Boyles has joined him in the tradition of providing outstanding service and exceptional dental care to families in Odessa. The two highly skilled dentists offer comprehensive services delivered in a warm and caring setting that patients appreciate.
If you would like to contact Boyles General Dentistry, you can call our office at 432-366-0896 or contact us through our website.
November 17, 2018
A compromised tooth can cause pain or discomfort, especially when you are trying to chew and eat your favorite foods. You may also feel self-conscious about the appearance of your tooth if it is chipped, fractured, or discolored due to decay. The good news is your dentist in Odessa has excellent solutions for restoring your tooth. Here’s what you should know about options for saving your tooth.
October 12, 2018
Bad breath is something that’s embarrassing to deal with whether you are the victim of it or the perpetrator. It’s never fun to tell someone they have bad breath, and it’s even worse to hear that you have it! So, what causes this condition and what can you do about it? Your dentist has answers – read on.
September 9, 2018
Your Odessa dentist told you about a filling that you needed at your last dental checkup, and that was as far as you got. Life took over, and now it’s months later and you forgot to schedule your appointment. The good news is that there is still time to schedule your treatment before the end of the year, and you’ll get to make the most of your dental insurance, while also protecting your oral health.
August 7, 2018
Do you find yourself unable to sleep the night before your dental appointment? Has anxiety kept you from visiting the dentist regularly? Did you know that sedation dentistry may be able to help you overcome your fears and receive the dental treatments you need in a comfortable and relaxing manner? We’re answering some of the most common questions we hear about sedation dentistry. Read on!
July 18, 2018
Learning that you need to have a tooth extracted may cause anxiety or stress; however, this is a procedure that will help to protect your oral health and that your general dentist can often help with. Here are some common situations that may require a dental extraction and what you can expect.