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Tooth Extractions — Chaska, MN

Do What's Best for Your Smile

Your natural smile is irreplaceable. Even as amazingly lifelike as modern restorations have become, nothing beats what your natural teeth are capable of. That is why our team at Chaska Dental Center works so hard to ensure your smile’s longevity through effective, conservative restorative treatments. However, if the need ever arises, our experienced team can also extract a tooth in order to save the rest of them. Have you put off getting a tooth extracted? Contact us to schedule your consultation today to discuss tooth extractions in our Chaska, MN dental office!

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

Woman receiving tooth extraction

Although your tooth enamel is the strongest material in your body, your teeth are actually held in place by the gum tissue and support from your jaw bone. The top portion of the tooth, called the crown, can encounter minor decay or damage and require a prosthetic crown without having to disturb the roots underneath. A tooth extraction occurs when the entire tooth, including the root structure, is removed from the socket.

Why Do I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

Man with missing tooth smiling

In general, when given the choice between preserving a tooth or removing, we prefer saving the natural tooth. But sometimes extracting the tooth truly is necessary, such as in the following situations:

  • The patient has severe gum disease.
  • Injury or decay has left inadequate tooth structure to support a dental crown.
  • A primary (i.e., baby) tooth is preventing a permanent tooth from erupting properly.
  • Wisdom teeth are impacted.
  • Extra room is required to fit a new denture or orthodontic treatment.

How Is a Tooth Extracted?

Tooth extraction tools next to extracted tooth

Believe it or not, there is more than one way to extract a tooth. In some situations, we are able to simply pull the tooth out of its socket without too much effort. In others, we need to break the tooth into smaller pieces and extract it in sections. The method we use to remove a tooth depends on many factors, including the location of the tooth in the mouth and the reason for extraction.

Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?

Clasp holding an extracted tooth

At Chaska Dental Center, both Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf, along with the rest of the team, go to great lengths to ensure patient comfort throughout the entire process. You shouldn’t feel anything during the procedure itself, but if needed, we can use nitrous oxide to help you feel more relaxed. As you heal, following our aftercare instructions can reduce any discomfort and prevent complications.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

Sometimes tooth extraction is the best or even the only treatment option available. As a result, it can be deemed a necessary dental service and often is at least partially covered by dental insurance. However, before starting the procedure, it is important to confirm your benefits so that you know exactly what you’ll be responsible for paying at the time of service.