At New Haven Dental Group in Branford, we are usually able to repair any teeth that have developed decay or damage. In some cases, though, a tooth can be so far gone that the only viable option is to extract it. When tooth extractions are necessary, our team takes every step possible to keep tooth removal at its gentlest. For example, we use plenty of local anesthesia and always take time to answer our patients’ questions before their oral surgery . We also discuss tooth replacement when appropriate.
There are a number of reasons why we may determine that it is necessary to remove a tooth. Some common indications for extractions include:
There are basically two types of tooth extractions.
During a simple extraction, we numb the mouth and then use an instrument called an elevator to lift the tooth from its socket. Then, we grip the tooth with forceps and rock it back and forth to break the ligaments that are keeping it in place.
A surgical extraction is more complex. It may involve creating incisions in the gums or breaking a tooth into pieces.
Following your extraction, we will recommend the best type of tooth replacement so you do not have to live with an incomplete smile.
Here are some steps you can take to facilitate an easy recovery following a tooth extraction:
The cost of tooth extractions varies from case to case. During your consultation, we will provide you with a candid price estimate. We will also be happy to assist you as you explore payment options, such as insurance and financing. You can rely on our team to do everything in our power to help you afford your care. We want the financial aspect of your extraction procedure to be as stress-free as possible.
We cannot determine the exact cost of an extraction until after we have had a chance to evaluate the specifics of a situation. Some factors that can influence the price of this procedure include:
Yes, it is common for dental insurance to cover tooth extractions. Depending on the details of your case and the specifics of your insurance policy, your out-of-pocket expenses may be reduced by anywhere from 40% to 80%. Our practice welcomes insurance; we are in-network with most major plans. We will do all we can to assist you as you strive to understand your benefits and use them in the most advantageous way possible.
Insurance is just one provision that might make your care more affordable. Additional resources that you might be able to use include:
Are you ready to learn more about tooth extractions and their cost? Our team is eager to assist you with every facet of your care, including its financial side. Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation.
If you believe that you need to have one or more teeth removed, our Branford dental team is ready to assist you. In the meantime, though, you may be curious to learn more about this procedure and what to expect from it. To help you in your quest to gather information, we have put together this brief list of FAQs, along with succinct answers. Please reach out to us directly if your specific questions are not addressed here.
We always strive to make our patients comfortable. To that end, we thoroughly numb each patient’s mouth before starting the extraction process. The local anesthesia blocks out pain signals, but it will not prevent you from feeling pressure, so you can still expect to experience some mild sensations during your appointment.
If you are extra-nervous about your procedure, or you are not easily numbed, ask us about sedation. We can use medication to help our patients remain relaxed and calm.
After any anesthesia and sedation wear off, you can expect some discomfort. We will provide instructions to help you get through your recovery period as easily as possible.
In many cases, extractions can be prevented if a dental problem is caught in its early stages. For example, we can repair decay with a filling or crown, and we can often stop the spread of gum disease with a deep cleaning of the mouth.
If an issue becomes severe, however, extraction may be the only viable course of option. If we recommend that you get a tooth removed, you can be confident that we have already considered other possibilities.
Wisdom tooth surgery is a type of tooth extraction. However, they are often referred to as different procedures because wisdom tooth surgery is also exclusively for the third molars at the back of the mouth. It also tends to be somewhat complex.
During a regular extraction, we simply elevate the tooth, grip it with forceps, and gently remove it. When removing wisdom teeth, we may have to create incisions in the gums, break a tooth into pieces, or take other steps that are not usually necessary during basic extractions.
There are three broad categories of tooth replacement:
During your consultation, we will inform you about the pros and cons of each of your tooth replacement options so you can make a wise decision about how to move forward.