What is a dental extraction?
An extraction is the uprooting of a tooth from its socket located at the gum line. Tooth extraction becomes necessary for several different reasons.
Usually, this is the last resort. The dentist will always do his best to save a tooth whenever possible.
However, there are times when extracting a tooth becomes the only course of action.
When is a tooth extraction necessary?
Proper dental care is the key to saving your teeth. It is essential to brush and floss regularly to prolong the life of your teeth.
Keeping your teeth healthy can keep you from needing tooth extractions.
Poor dental hygiene and other reasons can cause your teeth to deteriorate to the point of needing to be removed.
Here are some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction:
- Severe infection in the tooth can no longer be saved with root canal treatment.
- Impacted tooth causing discomfort or damage to other teeth
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Caries, trauma, or severe injuries
- Extraction to make room for orthodontic correction due to crowding of teeth in the mouth
- Wisdom tooth problems that cause pain
How much does a tooth extraction cost?
The price of this procedure varies depending on the type of extraction needed. The average cost ranges between $100 and $350 for non-surgical procedures. $200 – $650 for surgical extractions that require anesthesia.
Most dental insurance providers generally cover these procedures. The best way to determine your cost is to schedule a consultation with our doctor.
What are the different types of tooth extraction?
The most common types of tooth extractions are simple extraction and surgical extraction.
A simple extraction is performed when the teeth are visible, accessible, and uncomplicated. This type of extraction will usually only require numbing the area around the tooth being extracted.
Surgical removal of a tooth becomes necessary when the tooth is below the gum tissue. An incision will be made in the gum line where the tooth is covered so it can be removed.
Wisdom tooth extraction usually requires this surgical procedure when they are removed before they break through the gums.
Impacted teeth pushing on and damaging other teeth should also be surgically removed.
Surgical removal is more painful and sometimes requires stronger sedation, such as general anesthesia.
What steps are involved in a tooth extraction?
A qualified oral surgeon or dentist will first review your case by examining your tooth in question. A series of x-rays will be taken to help determine the best course of action.
The doctor will then tell you what type of extraction is needed if your tooth cannot be saved.
The type of extraction needed will decide what kind of anesthesia you will receive. After administering adequate sedation, the dentist will use the best possible to extract the teeth.
Preparing for a tooth extraction
Your doctor will determine after reviewing a series of x-rays if any further preparation is required before extraction.
If an infection is present, antibiotics will be prescribed to clear the infection before the tooth extraction. Antibiotics will ensure that the condition does not worsen after the tooth is removed.
A patient requiring general anesthesia will need to have someone with them who can drive them home.
A simple extraction that only requires local anesthesia will not need someone to accompany you to your appointment.
Recovery after tooth extraction
The healing process for simple extractions is about 3-5 days. A more complicated surgical removal will take 1-2 weeks. If any swelling occurs, ice packs can be used to reduce it.
A gauze pad is usually provided to keep it in place until a blood clot forms. You will be instructed only to eat certain foods and refrain from drinking through a straw. It is in your best interest to follow your doctor’s instructions to avoid unnecessary complications.
One of the most common problems when doctor’s orders are not followed, is dry socket. This is a severe condition when the blood clot does not form.
Will dental insurance cover the cost of my tooth extraction?
Dental extractions are a widespread practice in the dental field. Most insurance will fully cover a simple extraction. Surgical removal may have out-of-pocket costs depending on the type of insurance plan you have.