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If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay your dentist will try to fix it with a crown, filling, or other treatment. A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If there is too much damage to the tooth, it can’t be repaired.
How the Procedure Works
There are currently two methods to dental extractions. Simple extraction and surgical extraction.
are the most common performed using local anesthesia. The dentist loosens the tooth with a tool called the elevator. Then he\she uses another tool called forceps to remove the tooth.
is a more complex procedure. Surgical extractions are often done by oral surgeons, but also are done by general dentists. Like simple extractions, you will be given local anesthesia. You also may be given an anesthesia through a vein. You shouldn’t feel pain during this procedure. You can expect to feel pressure. If you feel any pinching or pain at all tell your dentist immediately.
After the tooth is removed you will experience tenderness for a few days. Take whatever your dentist recommends and the right doses. Do NOT take aspirin, for it might make the wound bleed. Ibuprofen is recommended. Within the 24 hours after your extraction:
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol
- Eat soft foods in small amounts
- Do not drink out of a straw (it could create a clot or dry sockets)
- Avoid hot drinks
If it helps, prop your head up with a pillow when lying down. After the 24 hours has passed rinse out your mouth for 4-5 days (especially after meals!). Swelling may occur during recovery. Get a cold ice pack and place it on face switching between 15 minutes on and 15 minutes away from face. You may brush and floss other teeth as usual but don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.
Remember to follow up with your dentist and if you have any issues or concerns.
A simple wisdom tooth extraction can costs anywhere between $75 to $200 so a single tooth, or $300 to $800 for all four wisdom teeth. Should you need to remove an impacted tooth, can cost range anywhere between $225 to $600 due to a more involved procedure. Choosing a general anesthesia can also add another $250 to $800 to the total price tag for the procedure.
Dental insurance has been known to cover up to half of a wisdom tooth removal if it is considered medically necessary. Coverage varies by the insurer and policy, so check in advance before your extraction procedure.