How much does it cost to have a tooth extracted?
We offer affordable extraction services. Our price for a simple extraction of one tooth is $94.A surgical extraction is $171. Because we extract so many teeth for new dentures and implants, we have a very low rate of surgical extractions and try our best to avoid them. When we have an x-ray and can look at your teeth, we will plan for teeth that might need surgical extraction and do our best to let you know beforehand what the charge will be.
What can I expect when a tooth is pulled?
Before removing your tooth, Dr. Hanson or Dr. Arthur will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Sometimes a sedation medication is used, especially if several of your teeth need to be removed. Sedation can help put you at ease during the procedure. After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. These stitches will dissolve on their own. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can later be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge. We often wait until the extraction site has completely healed to place implants, usually 4-6 months.
What should I expect after surgery?
- In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following may help speed recovery:
- Take medications as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 floz (237 ml)] of warm water.
- Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
- Relax after surgery, as physical activity may increase bleeding.
- Avoid smoking.
- Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup.Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
- Prop up your head with pillows, as lying down flat may prolong bleeding.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
Why do people need teeth pulled?
Removing a tooth is necessary when decay or an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread and be life-threatening, requiring treatment in the hospital with IV antibiotics. To avoid this, have your tooth treated early when pain or discomfort first appears.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth and occurs when the infection has spread all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can also cause:
- Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage problems extending outward from the root
A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin.
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. “Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. A tooth’s nerve is not required for it to function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its primary function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.