Taking The Fear Out Of Extractions - What You Should Know

15 June 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

When your dentist diagnoses you with a severe form of decay, sometimes the solution of a root canal is no longer an option. A dentist may instead recommend you have the tooth extracted. This can be scary for someone who has never undergone the procedure before. However, it is not as scary as one may think. Many dentists perform extractions on a daily basis right in the dental office under local anesthesia. This simple procedure can make the world of difference by reducing your pain and dental visits. With an estimated 20 million extractions occurring every year, the procedure has become a simple process that is quick and efficient. 

Reasons for Extraction

Most extractions are performed as a way of dealing with medical issues that have made the tooth non-viable. In most cases, this means you are enduring a good amount of pain. By removing the tooth, the pain is then gone so you can go on with daily activities. Some reasons for an extraction include a tooth that is blocking incoming teeth, severe decay down to the root, and having undergone undergoing radiation with an infection. It is important to have the tooth removed in order to have a healthy mouth. 

Cost of an Extraction

A tooth extraction can range anywhere from $90 to $400 depending on the maturity of the tooth and why it is being extracted. Most dental plans will cover at least a portion of the extraction, so the out of pocket costs are minimal. The dental insurance will only cover the costs if it is deemed medically necessary and not just for cosmetic reasons. This is an important factor to consider when deciding whether to have the procedure done. 

After Care

You can expect some swelling during the first 48 to 78 hours. This is a normal part of the after effects of the extraction. In order to help prevent and reduce the swelling, you can apply ice packs to the area. Most dentists will prescribe a pain reliever to help with any pain you experience. After about a week, you should start to feel more normal again with no pain or swelling. You will likely have to follow up with your dentist to make sure it has healed properly. If the extraction is in the front, you are likely to need an implant or denture which will require further visits. If not, you may be able to leave the space open. A dentist, like William J Guthrie DDS PC, can give you more advice regarding how to replace a tooth after your extraction.