We want to help our Belmont patients preserve their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, extractions are necessary in some instances, such as when a tooth is too badly damaged to be saved with restorative treatment. If we recommend that you get one or more teeth removed, you can be confident that we did not come to that conclusion lightly. You can also be sure that we will perform gentle extractions to promote your oral health while we keep your comfort at the forefront of our minds.
There are a number of reasons why we might determine that a tooth extraction is necessary:
In most cases, tooth extraction is a fairly straightforward procedure. After making sure that a patient is comfortable with the help of anesthesia and possible sedation, we use an instrument called an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket. Next, we grip the tooth with forceps. We rock it back and forth to break the ligaments that connect it to the surrounding bone. We take out the tooth and use gauze to control any bleeding.
If you undergo a simple extraction (as opposed to a surgical one), you can expect to be able to resume your normal daily routine within a few days. Surgical extractions may require that we make incisions in the gums or break a tooth into pieces, so they tend to come with a longer recovery time.
Following your tooth extraction, we will discuss tooth replacement options if appropriate for your circumstances.
Here are some tips to help you enjoy a smooth recovery after your extraction:
The cost of tooth extractions is accessible for most patients. However, we cannot provide exact numbers here because several factors can influence the price of this procedure; we will give you an estimate during your consultation. We can also assist you as you explore payment options, such as insurance and financing. Our goal is to make the financial aspect of your oral healthcare as stress-free as possible.
Some factors that can have a bearing on the cost of tooth extractions include:
It is quite common for dental insurance to cover tooth extractions. Simple extractions are often classed as a minor treatment, meaning that up to 80% of their cost might be covered. Surgical extractions may be around 50% covered. You will need to check the details of your unique policy to learn how it applies to your situation. Our team accepts many forms of insurance and will be happy to help you navigate your benefits and use them in an advantageous way.
A few provisions that may make it easier for you to afford tooth extractions include:
Our team is ready to assist you with tooth extractions, including their financial side. Get in touch with us today to learn more about this procedure and its cost. We look forward to serving you!
If you believe you need to get one or more teeth removed, our team is ready to serve you. Before you book your appointment, though, you may want to gather more information about the road ahead. To help you, we have put together the following list of tooth extraction FAQs, along with easy-to-understand answers. If you do not see your specific questions addressed, please reach out to us directly.
We always strive to make patients as comfortable as possible during extractions. To that end, we use plenty of local anesthesia, which numbs the mouth and blocks pain signals. However, it does not prevent patients from feeling pressure, so you are likely to still feel something while our team is working to remove your tooth.
After the numbing agent wears off, you can expect your mouth to be sore for several days. We will give you detailed posttreatment instructions to facilitate a smooth and easy recovery. For example, we may advise you to take pain medications and get plenty of rest.
Wisdom tooth surgery is essentially a complex type of tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are often stuck beneath the gumline (impacted), so extracting them requires that incisions be made in the gums. We may also have to break the teeth into pieces. In contrast, a basic tooth extraction simply requires that we grip the tooth and gently pull it out of place.
There are multiple ways to replace missing teeth, including:
The best type of tooth replacement for you depends on your unique circumstances. Our team will help you compare your options so you can make a well-informed decision about how to move forward.
If you get a wisdom tooth or supernumerary (extra) tooth removed, it is fine not to replace it. In almost all other circumstances, however, tooth replacement is strongly recommended. Failing to replace a lost tooth could cause something known as dental drift, which is when the remaining natural teeth start to shift out of place. The tooth above an empty space could even over-erupt to the point where it falls out altogether.
Additionally, tooth loss causes the jawbone to deteriorate. A dental implant can prevent this issue as well as the other problems associated with missing teeth.
We understand that many of our patients are reluctant to consent to a tooth extraction. After all, even though modern tooth replacement options are excellent, they still fall short of the real thing.
However, if we recommend an extraction, we truly believe it is the best option. We have likely already considered alternative treatments, such as a root canal therapy and other restorative services, and deemed them to be inadequate for the situation at hand.
You can commit to extractions with confidence that the procedure will ultimately benefit your oral health and open the way for you to regain a complete and healthy smile.
It is not wise to smoke after a tooth extraction. The nicotine and other ingredients in cigars, cigarettes, and even e-cigarettes can slow down your body’s healing process. Plus, there is a chance that smoking could cause dry socket, a painful complication wherein the blood clot at an extraction site fails to form (or gets dislodged prematurely).
You should plan to abstain from smoking for at least five days after your procedure. It would be better, though, to avoid smoking for two weeks. If you have struggled to quit in the past, talk to our team about your options. We want to help you prepare for a smooth recovery.
To speed up your recovery after an extraction, you should:
Here are a few practical steps you can take prior to your extraction appointment: