Tooth Extraction: Cost, Procedure, Risks, and Recovery
Retention of a tooth is an important goal in dentistry. Natural teeth are irreplaceable, which is why dentists try their level best to save them. However, they sometimes have to remove decayed or damaged teeth to prevent the infection from spreading. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, tooth extractions are no longer as painful as they used to be.
The procedure is usually performed by a dental surgeon or dentist. General anesthesia(local anesthesia), or intravenous anesthesia or a combination is used to perform the procedure safely. While removing visible teeth is a relatively simple procedure, extracting broken or impacted teeth can require a lot of effort.
Tooth Extraction Cost
The amount that you will pay for your tooth extraction will depend on whether the tooth that is to be removed is impacted. Expect to pay between $75 and $200 (per tooth) for a simple extraction. The cost can increase depending on the type of anesthesia required.
Expect to pay $800-$4,000 to have an impacted tooth removed. In some cases, the area’s cost of living can also impact the treatment cost.
Dentists perform two types of extraction procedures – simple and surgical. If your tooth is visible, your surgeon will perform a simple procedure. Patients with impacted teeth must have them surgically removed.
Your doctor will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. The professional will then use forceps and an instrument called an elevator to carefully loosen the tooth and remove it.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
Surgical tooth extraction patients usually receive both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia. If you have a medical condition, your dentist will also administer general anesthesia. The surgeon will create a small incision in the gum tissue and may have to remove bone surrounding your tooth or cut your tooth before extracting it.
Though there can be a few risks of surgical tooth extraction, the benefits far outweigh them. It is natural for a blood clot to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted.If, however, this clot does not form, your dentist will apply a dressing to protect the exposed bone. Some other risks of tooth extraction include:
- Infection (indicated by severe chills and fever)
- Vomiting or nausea
- Shortness of breath
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Follow these tips to fast-track your recovery from a tooth extraction:
- A rest of at least 24 hours after the procedure is recommended
- Take medications prescribed by your dentist
- Quit smoking
- Avoid rinsing for 24 hours after the procedure
- Avoid the extraction site while brushing and flossing your teeth
Dentfirst Dental Care offers a full spectrum of dental services. Whatever your age and medical history, we will tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs. We are on a mission to help as many people as we can get their dental health back on track. To make an appointment, call us at 404-334-7622.