Should I Have A Tooth Pulled?

The fear of breaking a tooth can affect you for years, or even the rest of your life. If you’ve ever broken a tooth, you may still be more careful as you step, jump, and run, making sure you don’t trip and break another one. We know a patient who broke a tooth when she was younger, and she still was conscious about being careful, even as an adult. Keep reading to learn more about teeth extractions and when they may be required.

Damage Levels

Usually, if the damage to your tooth is quite severe, we will need to consider tooth extraction. If you have a tooth that needs to be removed all the way because of an accident or severe decay, there are options to retain your beautiful smile. Don’t worry that you’ll be missing a tooth forever. Often, implants are a good option to consider to help maintain the health and look of your smile.

If the damage is superficial, and the tooth is alive and can be saved, then you may be able to get by with a veneer or a crown to beautify your smile once more.


A dentist or oral surgeon is qualified to extract teeth, and no matter who you see, they will try to make the process as comfortable for their patients. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area so the tooth can be pulled without pain to you. If the tooth is impacted, then general anesthesia may be recommended so your dentist can remove the tooth while you are comfortably asleep. Impacted teeth are stuck in the gums or jaw bone, so the removal process is a little more involved, and may take more time.

We may need to remove the tooth in pieces if it is particularly troublesome, so being put under is usually the best option for many patients in this case.

Call us today at (701) 222-1800 for our Bismarck office or (701) 463-2884 for our Garrison location to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deeter. You may not need a tooth extracted, but it’s important to understand the full scope of what is going on before you make a decision.

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