Gentle Extractions to Promote Long-Term Oral Health
We make every effort to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. In some cases, however, that simply is not possible. If a tooth is too damaged to repair, or other circumstances make removal necessary, we perform gentle extractions to promote a patient’s long-term oral health. Afterward, we may be able to offer a tooth replacement solution. Read on below to learn more about this common emergency dentistry procedure.
Why Choose Gillis Dental for Tooth Extractions?
Recommended Only as a Last Resort
Sedation and Anesthesia Promote Patient Comfort
State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement Available
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We might recommend tooth extractions under the following circumstances:
A tooth is so badly damaged or decayed that it cannot be restored via more conservative means.
A wisdom tooth is threatening the health of the teeth around it.
We must make more room in the mouth for dentures or orthodontia.
One of a child’s baby teeth did not fall out in a timely manner, and it is impeding the development of incoming adult teeth.
Gum disease has made it difficult for a patient’s mouth to adequately support their teeth.
We must remove a tooth to stop an infection from spreading.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
If your extraction is going to be a relatively simple procedure, we will numb the area and use forceps to grip the tooth. We will then gently rock the tooth back and forth in order to break the ligaments that attach it to the surrounding bone. After the tooth is out, we will use gauze to control any bleeding. For non-surgical extractions, the average recovery time is only a few days.
If a tooth is impacted (stuck beneath the gum line), the extraction will take longer and be a more complex procedure. We will take every measure possible to ensure a comfortable appointment and smooth recovery for you.
Following your extractions, we will discuss tooth replacement options if appropriate for your circumstances.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Here are some tips to help you enjoy a smooth recovery after your tooth extraction procedure:
Take all medications as recommended by our team.
Stay away from hard, sticky, and crunchy foods.
Keep your head propped up on pillows when you are resting.
Do not smoke.
Do not use drinking straws.
Avoid strenuous physical exertion.
After the first 24 hours, start regularly rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.
Do not touch your extraction site with your tongue, fingers, or even your toothbrush until it is fairly well-healed.
Attend all follow-up appointments with our team. Replacing your tooth in a timely manner can prevent complications like dental drift and future tooth loss.
Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions
Just like any dental procedure, the cost of tooth extractions for Needham patients is not universal. It is based on a variety of factors. During your emergency consultation, we will be able to provide specific numbers for you. We can also help you explore options that may make it easier for you to fit your care into your budget. For example, you might be eligible for financing or be able to use your dental insurance policy.
Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost
There are a number of factors that can have an influence on the cost of tooth extractions:
The specific tooth that needs to be extracted. Some teeth are more challenging to remove than others and therefore incur higher fees. This is often true of wisdom teeth.
The number of teeth that need to be removed. Logically, removing one tooth comes with a lower cost than removing several.
The overall complexity of the case. We can perform most extractions right here in our dental office. If we must refer you to an outside specialist for a particularly complex surgical extraction, the total cost of your care may be increased.
Additional services. Your extractions may be part of an overall treatment plan. Your total financial obligation depends greatly on the other procedures, such as tooth replacement, that you need.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Yes, it is quite common for dental insurance to cover tooth extractions. Simple extractions are usually categorized as a minor service, meaning that up to 80% of their cost may be covered. More complex extractions are generally considered to be a major service and might be covered at just 50%. Our practice accepts many types of dental insurance; we will be happy to help you understand how your benefits apply to your situation. We will also file all claims on your behalf.
Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable
Insurance is just one provision that may make it easier for you to afford your tooth extractions. Additional resources that you might be able to use include:
The Essential Dental Plan. The Essential Dental Plan is designed for patients without insurance. Signing up is a quick and easy process, and you can enjoy discounted fees on virtually all the services available at Gillis Dental.
Most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit. The application takes just a few minutes, and you may be able to choose a monthly payment amount that works well with your family’s budget.
Are you curious to learn more about tooth extractions and their cost? Our team is prepared to answer your questions. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.