Dental Extraction and You
Having a tooth pulled is not on anyone’s bucket list. We all hope to go through life retaining the full set of teeth we were born with. However, most people will have one or more teeth pulled by age 50.
Here are several reasons a tooth may need to be extracted:
- Advanced decay
- Broken teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Trauma or injury
- Crowding of teeth (typically discovered with orthodontic treatment)
Follow these tips provided by Mayo Clinic to minimize discomfort:
- Brush your teeth with warm water
- Avoid drinking hot, cold or sweet beverages
- Apply an OTC topical anesthetic to the painful tooth, unless your physician recommends otherwise
- Consider using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
- Do not avoid painful areas. Be thorough when cleaning your teeth and gums
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
When the protective enamel surrounding a tooth is broken or decayed, it is exposed to germs in your mouth. Bacteria thrives in a warm, moist environment, making our mouths the perfect home. Normally, tooth enamel serves as a strong barrier bacteria cannot cross, but once it reaches its way through a hole in your tooth’s enamel, it touches the dentin area. Dentin, a much softer material, has tiny tubes directly connected to the tooth’s nerve. This makes it the perfect pathway for bacteria to cause damage.
Left unchecked, decay reaches the inner portion of your tooth, called the pulp (the nerve). The pulp contains the nerve and blood vessels in your tooth. As decay progresses, bacteria continues to multiply. This nerve sends out a signal of discomfort. The signals increase to occasional pain, then throbbing, and finally a severe pain that can no longer be ignored.
If the decay has advanced to where a crown cannot rest comfortably, it must be removed.
What is a dental extraction?
When tooth decay is too advanced, there is not enough material left for a dentist to repair. In the event tooth decay has reached this point, there is no option but to have it pulled. The process is called an extraction.
Your dentist uses a special tool called a tooth extraction forceps. There are different levels of extractions. Some are simpler than others, and some are more involved. No matter which extraction you have done, all teeth come out of their “socket.” The dental term for “socket” is an alveolus.
The socket is really just the bone that the tooth has been sitting in. The dentist will make sure there are no sharp edges by smoothing it. Then, the area is cleaned, and a gauze will be placed there to create a blood clot. It is vital to keep the blood clot from breaking loose. Any sucking or gargling motions can easily tear it.
Follow your dentist’s after-care instructions carefully.
What does a tooth extraction cost?
Where you live is factored into tooth extraction cost. Patients who live in a large, metropolitan area often experience higher pricing. Patients living in a more rural setting generally have lower rates. It may be worth the time and distance to travel to a dental provider located in an area associated with a lower fees.
MetrodentUSA has negotiated lower dental fees with metropolitan and rural area dentists. By using the Metrodent dentist finder, you can locate dentists in local and surrounding areas.
The primary contributing factor in determining the cost is the complexity of the extraction process. The cost analysis shows an estimated fee range by area and procedure type:
- Simple tooth extraction costs are expected to range from $110 to $220
- Complex or surgical extraction of an erupted tooth average $185 to $370
- Impacted teeth, those that cannot erupt properly, range in cost from $200 to $600
- Removal of a partially bony impacted tooth costs between $300 to $900
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How long will a tooth extraction take?
Your dental provider will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. This process can take between 20 to 30 minutes. Once fully numb, your dentist will remove the tooth from the socket. Sometimes teeth come out easily, and other times it is more difficult. The area is cleaned and a gauze is placed. You will be provided with after-care instructions when the procedure is finished. The entire process takes between 45-minutes to an hour.
Is a tooth extraction safe?
Having a tooth pulled is normally a straightforward process, but does carry risks. Your dentist will review what those are since they can be dependent upon your medical history. Occasionally, full sedation is necessary. An oral surgeon or other dental specialist will pull your tooth if full sedation is required.
There is an inherent risk to the patient whenever anesthesia is administered. Your oral surgeon will discuss the risk factors with you before performing the procedure.
The experts at MetrodentUSA can provide detailed information about your particular situation. Access the Metrodent fee schedule for additional details on dental extraction costs.
What happens if I do not have my tooth extracted?
The nerve in your tooth will die. Once this happens, your tooth is likely to be infected. You might experience a significant amount of pain and discomfort; however, some individuals do not express pain.
Dental extraction near me
MetrodentUSA provides a list of dental professionals near you. If you currently have a dentist, he or she may already be affiliated with Metrodent. If not, we will contact your dentist to discuss lowering the cost if they are out-of-network.
This article was reviewed and approved by a board certified dentist.