While it is common for many teenagers and adults to get their wisdom teeth extracted, there are many situations that can demand a tooth be extracted, including damage or decay. This procedure is mainly carried out to ensure that any bacteria does not linger and to boost your overall oral health.
In some cases, when a patient is preparing to get braces, dentists may choose to extract a tooth or two in order to make room for the other teeth as they shift. Additionally, some patients who are undergoing cancer treatment or organ transplant may need to have weaker teeth removed to improve their oral health.
At Alder Dental, we can help take care of your damaged or decayed tooth so you can regain your ability to eat and speak properly again. Our dentists take pride in educating our patients about the procedure, aftercare, and recovery, so your journey stays as smooth as possible.
How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Tooth Extracted?
Depending on the extent of damage or decay, the cost of getting a tooth extracted can vary between $75 and $200. The cost may go up depending on the type of anesthesia you need during the surgery. The cost of extracting impacted teeth is higher and may vary between $800 and $4,000.
Most wisdom tooth extractions will cost anywhere between $75 and $250, and the cost of getting all four wisdom teeth removed usually falls between $600 - $1,100. However, the cost of impacted wisdom tooth extraction can be higher and will again depend on what type of sedation is needed during the surgery.
Types of Procedures
Depending on whether the tooth that needs to be extracted is impacted or not, the procedure can either be simple or surgical. A simple procedure means that one of our dentists will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, then loosen the tooth using a tool called an elevator, and finally pull it out with a pair of forceps. This is typically done when the teeth are not impacted.
Surgical tooth extractions are slightly different and you will likely receive both local and intravenous anesthesia. Depending on other underlying health issues, you may be given additional medicines including general anesthesia to keep you calm and relaxed. One of our oral surgeons will make a tiny incision into your gum around the tooth before taking it out.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Tooth Extraction?
It usually takes up to a week to fully recover from a tooth extraction but in some cases the recovery period can be longer. It is advised that you take all of the aftercare measures given by our dentist to speed up the recovery process. Some of these measures may include taking your prescribed medication on time, using an ice pack to reduce swelling, not smoking or drinking alcohol, and avoiding the extraction site during brushing and flossing.
With severe tooth decay, a tooth extraction is necessary to protect nearby teeth from infection, but there can be other reasons too. If you are dealing with a toothache, swelling, or bleeding, we would love to have you come in for a dental checkup with us at Alder Dental. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment over the phone, feel free to give us a call at (360) 831-0831.