Here at Four Town Dental in Enfield, we strive to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. Sadly, though, that is not always possible. Circumstances may arise that require us to perform gentle, compassionate tooth removal. Read this page to gain an overview of why tooth extractions are sometimes necessary, what happens during the procedure, and how you can enjoy a smooth recovery following this restorative service. Call us if you have any questions about what you learn.
Here are some reasons why we may determine that is necessary to remove one or more of a patient’s teeth:
Tooth removal is usually pretty straightforward. First, we numb your mouth so you will feel little to nothing during the procedure. We may also administer sedation. Once you are comfortable, we use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket. Then, we hold it with forceps and rock it back and forth to break the connective tissues that are holding it in place.
Once the tooth is out, we clean the socket and use gauze to control bleeding. Later, we will talk with you about your options for tooth replacement.
Of course, some extractions are a bit more complex. We might have to create incisions or break a tooth into pieces. Even if that is necessary, you can still expect a comfortable and efficient treatment process.
Here are some practical things you can do to promote a smooth recovery following your extraction procedure:
The cost of tooth extractions can vary depending on a number of factors. When you visit us, we will be able to discuss specific numbers with you. This procedure is affordable for most patients, especially if they take advantage of available provisions. For example, you may be able to use financing and insurance. Our team will answer all of your questions about your payment options so you clearly understand the financial aspect of your care.
Some factors that can have a bearing on the cost of tooth extractions include:
Most dental insurance policies do cover tooth extractions. Usually, simple extractions are considered to be a minor service, so up to 80% of their price may be covered. Complex or surgical extractions are often 50% covered. Our team welcomes insurance, and we will be happy to help you figure out how your benefits apply. We will do all we can to help you take full advantage of your policy so your out-of-pocket costs are as low as possible.
Insurance is just one provision that may make your tooth extractions more affordable. Additional resources include:
Would you like to learn more about tooth extractions and their cost? Our team is ready to assist you. Get in touch with us today so we can answer your questions and get you on the path to a healthier smile.