Dental Extractions: General Procedure Information
Tooth extraction is typically a quick procedure in which a dentist or oral surgeon removes a compromised tooth. Local, general, intravenous anesthesia, or a combination are used to prevent any pain. Extracting a visible tooth is a simple procedure, while removing teeth that are broken, below the gums, or impacted often require more extensive work.
Tooth Extraction Cost
The price range for a tooth extraction is wide because it depends on the state of the tooth. Simple extractions can range between $80-$200 per tooth. The cost to remove impacted teeth can be anywhere from $800-$4,000. The price will also depend on the type of anesthesia used.
Simple Tooth Extraction Procedure
Simple tooth extractions are the easiest because the tooth is visible and easy to access.
- You will be administered a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. This will not cause you to lose consciousness, or even lose all feeling. You will feel pressure, but not pain.
- The dentist will use an instrument called an "elevator" to loosen the tooth, then a forceps to remove it.
Surgical Tooth Extraction Procedure
Surgical tooth extraction is more difficult. The tooth may be below the gums, broken, or compromised in some way by the teeth around it.
- Chances are you will be administered both local and intravenous anesthesia. Local anesthesia will numb the area, intravenous anesthesia will relax you. In some cases you may also receive general anesthesia which will cause you to go unconscious.
- Your dentist or oral surgeon will cut a small incision in your gum to improve access to the tooth. The operator may need to cut the tooth or remove some bone around the tooth in order to extract it.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
Your general dentist or oral surgeon will give you detailed instructions specific to your recovery. The standard recovery guidelines are to:
- Relax for the first 24 hours after your procedure
- Take prescribed medication as directed
- Eat only soft foods the day after the extraction
- DO NOT use a straw, smoke, or rinse for 24 hours
- Slowly reintroduce standard foods to your diet over the following week.
**These are only general guidelines. Always follow the instructions specified by your dentist.
Chances are your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction if they diagnose issues to justify the procedure during a standard check-up. If you have reason to believe you need a tooth pulled, contact your nearest Kentucky-area Embrace Dental office today - waiting or ignoring tooth pain will only make it worse.
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