Tooth Extraction


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  • Reasons For Extracting a Tooth

  • Overall Health and Dental Infection

  • How Is a Tooth Extracted

  • The Cost of Tooth Extraction in Lincoln, NE 

  • How Long Will Tooth Extraction Take

  • Does Tooth Extraction Hurt or Cause Sinus Infection

  • Dental Discomfort Tips After Removing a Tooth 


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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. A great way to avoid these concerns is to remove and replace infected teeth.

More on Oral Health and The Mouth-Body Connection from WebMD

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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.
  • 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 subside.

What is the cost for tooth extraction?

The average cost for tooth extraction is about $200 to $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.

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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, requiring specific equipment and an oral surgeon to complete the procedure. In those cases, we refer patients to Nebraska Oral and Facial Surgery.

Does tooth extraction hurt?

Tooth extraction is a routine and uncomplicated procedure in the hands of a skilled professional and should not cause you discomfort during the operation. Our Lincoln dentists will examine your teeth carefully to ensure that your tooth extraction will be a simple and gentle experience.

Can a tooth abscess cause a sinus infection?

An acute abscess of an upper tooth can cause cheek swelling and, untreated, lead to a sinus infection.

Do you have discomfort after your recent dental work?

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Find post-operative instructions and dental discomfort management tips from Nebraska Family Dentistry.

If you need to contact our emergency dentist after-hours, please call us at 402-840-9783.


The information on this page was written by Dr. Ben Joekel.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “My goal as your dentist is to listen to your concerns and needs when it comes to your dental health. Once your concerns are addressed, our goal as a team is to provide you with exceptional care that makes you feel comfortable.”

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at his West Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This Lincoln, NE dentist serves the local communities in Garland, Pleasant Dale, Denton, Crete, Milford, Hickman, Roca, Martell, and Panama.



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