Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Your dentist will try their best to save the tooth that has been broken or damaged by decay, with a filling, crown or other treatment. However, there are times when the damage is beyond repair. If this is the case, the tooth needs to be extracted. An X-ray of the area will be taken to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. During the procedure, you can expect to feel pressure, but little to no discomfort. Upon completion, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on what to do and expect after surgery.
Simple Dental Extraction
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth before removing it. Most simple extractions can be done using (a local anesthetic).
Surgical Dental Extraction
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it. For a surgical extractions, patients receive local anesthetic. Some people may need general anesthesia. They include patients with specific medical or behavioral conditions and young children.
Cost of a Dental Extraction
Visit our pricing to page for extraction pricing. A price can only be determined once the x-ray has been taken. If you have dental benefits, extractions are usually covered when performed by a general dentist.
Options After Tooth Extraction
After your tooth has been extracted, if not replaced with a dental implant, the bone will start to recess after 6 months. Visit our Dental Implant page for more information.