Tooth extraction involves the removal of a tooth from the jaw. While your dentist will always strive to save as many natural teeth as possible, there will be situations that warrant the removal of a tooth/teeth. This is undertaken only if it is the only way to preserve oral health and no other alternative will help. Tooth extraction might be anxiety-inducing for some patients, but the procedure is relatively pain-free and comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Reasons for tooth extraction

Tooth Extraction – Preparation

Tooth extractions are relatively common procedures that occur in a dental office. It is an outpatient technique that is done under local anesthesia, and the patient can return home on the same day.

There are two types of extractions –

Before scheduling the extraction, your dentist at Anoka Dental will perform a thorough oral examination. X-rays of your tooth/teeth might be taken to determine its status. They will also ask about any medications you’re on and your medical history. Certain medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, etc. can impact the outcome of tooth extraction. Medications like bisphosphonates, anti-coagulants, steroids, etc. are also responsible for any issues that might occur during the extraction process. Make sure to inform your dentist of any ailments/medicines you’re taking when you visit them.

Your dentist might also prescribe you antibiotics before the extraction if you’re susceptible to infections.

Tooth Extraction – Procedure

In simple extractions, a local anesthetic is given to numb the area surrounding the tooth that has to be removed. The numbing allows you to feel a little pressure but no pain. Using the surgical and extraction instruments, your dentist will pull out the tooth. A sterile gauze will then be placed on the wound to stop the bleeding till a blood clot is formed.

Simple extractions take hardly a couple of minutes, while surgical extractions take longer. These might also require an oral surgeon.

For surgical extractions, your surgeon might administer an IV anesthetic or nitrous oxide in addition to local anesthesia. These help in keeping the patient calmer and more relaxed. Surgical extractions involve cutting open the gum and also removing a little bit of bone (if necessary) to remove the tooth.

Tooth Extraction – Care

Your dentist will give you post-extraction instructions that you must follow after the procedure. They might also prescribe painkillers for the soreness and any other medication. Recovery usually depends on the type of extraction that has been performed, along with adherence to the instructions.

Tooth Extraction – Complications

Although tooth extractions are common procedures, they can cause complications, especially when a patient fails to follow post-extraction instructions.

Dry socket, as mentioned before, is an extremely painful complication of an extraction. This occurs when the blood clot dislodges too early and leaves the underlying nerves and bones exposed. This condition cannot be treated at home and requires immediate professional intervention.

Other complications that can occur after extraction are –

If you feel like you have any of these signs, contact your dentist at Anoka Dental immediately.

Tooth Extraction – Cost

Simple extractions can cost anywhere from $75 – $200 per tooth. This depends on where the tooth is situated and the type of anesthesia you might need.

Surgical extractions are costlier, ranging from $800 – $4000. Where you live also affects the cost of the procedure.

To get an idea of our procedures and rates, get in touch with Anoka Dental today.