Our Gentle Approach
In dentistry, there is an overarching goal to preserve your natural teeth by keeping them strong and healthy for as long as possible. However, there are situations when removing, or extracting a tooth may become necessary.
Reasons for Extracting a Tooth
There can be a variety of reasons for extracting a tooth. Our Lincoln dentists are more than happy to answer any questions about the pros and cons of any dental treatment, including extraction. Teeth often need extracting due to:
- Dental Emergency and Trauma
- Upcoming Orthodontic Treatment
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
- Broken Teeth
- Infected or Cracked Teeth
Overall Health and Dental Infection
Teeth become infected for different reasons, but infection commonly occurs when bacteria from a large cavity or a previous large filling reaches the nerve. When a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread to the entire body leading to illness and fatigue. Infection can also lead to overall inflammation. According to medical doctors, Chronic Inflammation can lead to diabetes, heart problems, immune system disorders, and many other health concerns. The best way to avoid these concerns is to remove and replace infected teeth.
The Process of Extracting a Tooth
- The dentist takes and examines an x-ray to assess the position and condition of your tooth and surrounding bone.
- A medical history is taken to determine that you are healthy enough to undergo the extraction.
- Options for anesthesia are presented to you and administered.
- Our gentle dentist will extract your tooth.
- After your tooth is removed, the socket is covered with gauze and mild pressure is applied to control any additional bleeding.
- Small stitches may be used.
What to Expect After Tooth Extraction
Once your tooth has been extracted, it is normal to feel mild to moderate discomfort and swelling near the area of the extraction. Taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and using an ice pack on the outside of your jaw following the surgery should control most of your symptoms. You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection during the healing process. Within just a few days, the discomfort should be gone.
What is the cost for tooth extraction?
The average cost for a tooth extraction is about $200-$300. Most dental insurance covers a large portion for tooth extraction leaving a small co-pay. For patients without dental insurance, we offer a variety of dental payment plans.
How long does it take for a tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is generally a simple procedure that takes only 30-45 minutes. Recovery depends on the difficulty of the extraction. You may feel normal immediately following the procedure, or it may take you a couple of days to recover.
Some teeth may be more complicated to remove and require specialized equipment and an oral surgeon to complete the procedure. In those cases, we refer patients to Nebraska Maxillofacial Surgery.
Does tooth extraction hurt?
Tooth extraction is a routine and uncomplicated procedure in the hands of an expert and should not cause you pain during the operation. Our Lincoln dentists will examine your teeth carefully to ensure that your tooth extraction will be a simple and gentle experience.
Coddington Dental is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.
Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.