Tooth extraction is often regarded as one the most dreaded prospect among all dental procedures. It involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Before you are considered for extraction, every effort will be made to repair your broken or deteriorated tooth, however sometimes removing it becomes a better option than trying to save it.
Tooth extraction can be performed on virtually any patient as a routine dental treatment to help prevent more serious problems. The most common extractions are usually wisdom tooth extraction, but it can also performed if the tooth is coming at an angle, causing danger to the position of other healthy teeth or in some cases to make room for implants and dentures in the mouth. In the end, it’s your dentist’s goal to spare you time, money and discomfort by removing a potentially harmful tooth.
Types of Tooth Extraction
Typically there are two types of tooth extractions:
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mount, mostly using local anesthetic, with or without anti-anxiety medications or sedations.
Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that cannot easily be seen or reached in the mouth, mostly due to breaking off at the gum line or because they have not fully developed. The extraction requires surgical procedure, such as bone removal, lifting or removing and folding back the gum tissue to expose the tooth, or in most cases breaking the tooth in pieces, also called sectioning. The treatment is usually done with local anesthesia or using conscious sedation.
Preparing for Extraction
Whether its wisdom tooth extraction or tooth removal due to decay, we understand if you are a little anxious about the pain. Although regarded as one of the most straightforward oral surgery procedures, it still is dental surgery. One of the best ways to relieve your fear is to learn what’s involved in tooth extraction surgery; therefore talking to your dentist about the process and pain management options is always a good idea.
The dentists will deliver local anesthesia to numb the tooth, jaw bone and surrounding gums to reduce discomfort. For patients who are anxious about experiencing tooth extraction pain, sedation dentistry is used to help them relax. The dental professional will then begin by rocking the tooth back and forth and then rotating it to widen the socket and facilitate easier extraction. At this stage, you may feel a dull pressure due to numbed pain receptors; however you shouldn’t feel any pain. When the tooth is fully detached, it is then removed and the exposed gum is covered with small pieced of gauge.
The healing process may take about two weeks, with one follow-up visit with your dentist to make sure your gums are healthy.
Tooth Extraction Cost
The cost of tooth extraction procedure depends on the specifics of your case. Generally, the harder a tooth is to remove, the more the procedure costs. For example impacted wisdom tooth extraction may cost higher than removing a loose or decayed tooth. As with any dental treatment, it’s essential to discuss the cost of tooth extraction and the best way to know is to come in for a Free Tooth Extraction consultation with us, because every patient is different.