Sometimes a toothache is a temporary thing. Perhaps something got stuck between teeth causing gum irritation. Maybe you had a bad night and were clenching or grinding. Maybe a cavity is beginning to form. And sometimes the toothache pain is unbearable and just won’t go away. This is not a time to ignore the pain. An infected or damaged tooth that causes this type of prolonged pain will most likely require treatment by a dentist and could require an extraction. Delaying treatment can cause much greater problems, including overall infection that can spread to gums and other teeth or even cause an infection in your whole body. There are some serious complications that can be caused by untreated tooth infection.
So how do you know if your tooth needs to be extracted? Look for these symptoms:
Note: Wisdom teeth often need to be removed due to over-crowding, teeth that are coming in crooked either above or below the gum surface. Wisdom teeth can affect other teeth and can sometimes become impacted.
At Just Pull It, our skilled dentists will evaluate your tooth and make a recommendation for the best course of action. Some teeth can be saved and we will certainly suggest saving the tooth where possible. While planning a replacement at the same time of the extraction is great, many of our patients don’t have the time or the budget to make the decision right away. It’s best to get a professional opinion as soon as possible, the risks of delay can be serious That’s why our mission is to provide low cost, safe, single visit extractions for our patients who need them.
You’ve heard the stories. First of all, let’s be clear, dry socket (alveolar osteitis) happens in approximately 2-4% of extractions. It is something most patients worry about, but it’s actually rare and there are things you can do to minimize the risk, which we will discuss in this article. But first, let’s explain this dreaded condition.
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms on top of the extraction site. The clot serves to cover the hole and protect the underlying bone and nerve tissue. On rare occasion, this blook clot may fail to form, or become dissolved or dislodged. When that happens the exposure can cause pain, sometimes intense pain. Dry socket is more common after wisdom tooth extraction. When it happens, we encourage our patients to call us right away. In some cases, the patient can take measures at home and other times, we need to see the patient back in the office.
So, the good news is that patients can minimize the risk of dry socket by following some simple after-care steps at home.
When suffering from acute toothache pain, patients are relieved to find Just Pull It. Our goal is to provide safe, fast, and affordable extractions for those who need it. That is the only thing we do and the focus of our practice.
There is no doubt that many families these days are experiencing financial challenges. Many have lost jobs which means loss of insurance in many cases. So, when a toothache strikes, it is tempting to delay treatment.
Tooth infection does not wait for the perfect time, it can strike when we can least afford it – financially or otherwise. At Just Pull It, we understand the financial challenge the cost of a tooth extraction. The need in the community for low cost, fast, and affordable extractions was the reason our clinic was founded in 2018.
Delaying treatment can cause other dental and health problems: And let’s face it, if you are struggling with a problem tooth, you are likely experiencing acute pain, inability to focus, and just feeling bad overall.
The average cost of an extraction can range between $400 – 850, plus the cost of the x-ray and anesthetic. Even with insurance most patients pay more than $200 per tooth, depending on their individual plan. The cost can increase significantly if there is infection that has spread to other teeth or the underlying bone and tissues.
The good news is relief is available at Just Pull It for only $150* per tooth. Our extractions include the exam, x-ray, anesthetic, extraction, and follow up instructions. We don’t offer other forms of dental treatment. Our goal is to help patients get rid of the bad tooth and the associated pain and get back to life and work as quickly as possible. We are happy to refer our patients to general or specialty dental partners for further treatment and tooth replacement, which can be planned when schedule and budget allow.
*Wisdom teeth extractions are also available for slightly higher cost.
Last month we launched our first ever photo contest and we are proud to announce our first ever winner! Coy Batson posted the winning photo and will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart. We appreciate all our patients who received t-shirts when they came to our office for treatment. We gave away over 200 shirts! We had fun and while toothaches are no fun at all, we try to make the experience here as comfortable as possible when our patients choose to have their extractions done with us.
Here are a few of the photos we found on Facebook with our Hashtag! #justpullit
Watch for our next T-shirt Selfie Contest soon!
A dentist's goal is to provide patients with the best possible dental and periodontal health. Most of the time that means leaving the teeth in place and saving the tooth is a high priority. However, there are times that the tooth is not able to be saved and an extraction is the best course of treatment.
So how do you know when a tooth needs to be pulled? Here are some signs that you may have a tooth that needs to be pulled:
When you have an acute toothache caused by an injured or infected tooth, the immediate need is to get rid of the pain. Many patients need time to prepare for the financial cost of the reconstruction (which can be thousands of dollars) and prefer to do the extraction now and schedule a visit with a general dentist or periodontist later.
At Just Pull It, we have a singular mission to provide safe, fast, single visit, and low-cost tooth extractions for our patients who need it. We are aware of the need in the community. We do not provide general dentistry or other reconstructive services. We know that tooth infection left untreated causes great pain, loss of work, time with family, and added stress. No one plans for debilitating tooth pain so relief is our immediate focus. Reconstructive treatment can be scheduled at a convenient time afterward.
Here are some ways to calm the pain until you arrive for your appointment:
For at least 48 to 72 hours!
After a tooth extraction it is important to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure the extraction site will heal quickly and without complication. One of the most important requirements is to refrain from smoking for at least 48 to 72 hours. Smoking too soon after an extraction can cause serious complications.
At Just Pull It, we focus on one thing and that is extracting painful infected teeth for an affordable cost, in a single visit. Getting our patients back to their normal life as quickly as possible is our goal. If you need help with a painful tooth, give us a call!
After your tooth extraction, your dental team will go over your post procedure care instructions. It is very important to follow these instructions closely so the extraction site will heal quickly, and you can get back to your life. Here are some tips to help you with the healing process
Following these instructions will make recovery faster and allow you to resume your normal routine. If you have any concerns, please contact our office at any time.
Your tooth is aching. It has been more than a couple of days. You are hoping the pain will go away. You are trying to wait to pull the tooth until you have the finances to replace it with cosmetic dentistry, but the pain is getting worse. No one wants to have a tooth pulled....
But here is the reality. Before tooth decay will cause pain, the decay has to penetrate the enamel, then the dentin and make it's way to the part of the tooth that contains the nerves. (See illustration)
Once it has become this serious, the decay and infection can affect nearby teeth and surrounding tissue or could lead to infection in other parts of your body such as your sinus cavity or in severe cases, your blood stream or heart.
We aren't trying to scare you, but delaying the extraction can lead to additional, and avoidable issues. At Just Pull It, we focus on taking care of the tooth pain with a single visit extraction. We are affordable, safe and accessible. You may want to have cosmetic work done after the extraction and we can certainly refer you to an appropriate dental professional to help you with that. Just don't delay taking care of an infected tooth first. Waiting can set you up for even bigger and more expensive problems.
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