Is An Extraction Ever Necessary?
Numerous circumstances might necessitate tooth extraction, including, but not limited to:
- Removing baby teeth that don’t naturally fall out.
- Tooth removal for orthodontic reasons.
- Removing teeth due to discomfort or infection.
- Extracting a damaged tooth.
However, extracting a tooth might not be the only solution. If you’re suffering from toothache, there’s a chance we can quickly alleviate the pain and potentially save your tooth, but catching the issue early is key.
Please inform us if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below:
- Intense toothache.
- Pain that intensifies when you apply pressure or chew.
- Jaw pain or tightness.
- Swelling of the gums around one or more teeth.
- Symptoms of gum disease, such as color changes, bleeding, or an unpleasant smell.
The Treatment Plan
A tooth extraction is carried out by a dentist or an oral surgeon and typically involves just a single appointment. Here’s an overview of our approach, from deciding whether tooth removal is necessary for you, through the extraction process, to the aftercare steps:
Looking For Solutions
Before proceeding with any tooth extractions, our dentists will thoroughly assess your symptoms and explore your options with you to decide on the most suitable course of action for your dental health.
The Process Of Removal
Depending on what both the dentist and patient prefer, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area around the tooth that is to be removed. Sedation options are also available if needed. Our oral surgeons employ a minimally invasive method to extract teeth with the utmost gentleness. Ensuring your comfort and facilitating a speedy recovery are our primary concerns.
You will receive aftercare guidelines, which cover:
- The best practices for oral care during the healing process.
- What normal healing looks like.
- Steps to take in case of any complications.
We are also available to arrange a follow-up visit should you have any further questions or concerns.
Cost Of A Dental Extraction In Thornton
The cost of tooth extraction may vary depending on several factors. With a typical insurance plan, a tooth removal commonly costs about $100 — $200+ out of pocket. We would be happy to provide you with a quote in advance to submit to your insurance provider to find out what your out-of-pocket costs would be. Without insurance, you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.
No dental practice can give you an accurate quote over the phone because your treatment plan must be tailored to your specific needs and can only be determined after an oral exam. There are two broad categories that dental extractions fall under which may give you a better idea of what your extraction may cost and why:
Simple Tooth Extraction
A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. These can be performed by a general dentist, using local anesthesia. A simple extraction of an accessible tooth without complication would merit a lower cost estimate.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
A surgical extraction is a form of dental surgery, typically performed by an oral surgeon at a dental surgery center. This is a more complex procedure than a simple tooth extraction and involves the removal of a tooth that cannot easily be seen or reached, either because it has not fully erupted or it has broken off at the gum line. A surgical tooth extraction, requiring a great amount of consideration, delicate care, and expertise will come at a greater cost.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people believe wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. In reality, wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they become impacted or otherwise interfere with your jaw and teeth.
Thanks to modern dental techniques and equipment, tooth extractions are virtually painless. Many patients are surprised by how quick and easy the procedure actually is! Of course, some discomfort is to be expected, but we will provide you with aftercare instructions to help keep you as comfortable as possible during the quick healing process.
Typically within 1 hour you can remove and gauze still in and eat. Try and eat only soft foods however for the following 24 hours.
At your appointment, we’ll give you personalized aftercare instructions tailored to your situation. However, here are some universal tips to follow after a tooth extraction or any dental surgery to reduce the chance of complications and promote quick healing:
Refrain from spitting, rinsing your mouth, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking for the first 24 hours post-extraction. Keep your finger and tongue away from the site of the extraction. Steer clear of hot foods and beverages.
– Avoid taking aspirin as it can interfere with blood clotting. Limit physical activities and exercise.
The average procedure takes around 45 minutes.