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What is a tooth extraction?

Learn everything you need to know about having a tooth removed by the dentist.

It is a last resort, but a solution that dentists hate to go to is tooth extraction. Our teeth are precious, and just because there are 32 of them, doesn’t mean we should easily give one away. There is a divine reason in that number, and all 32 teeth work in unison to create a stable environment, enabling you to perform all the activities you need with your mouth, namely chewing, biting and speech. You would be surprised how much a single tooth lost or removed may affect these basic daily activities, and how much toll that takes on your everyday life.

Our teeth are extremely precious, and losing one should not be taken lightly. Your dentist will do all they can to preserve your teeth and keep them in your mouth for as long as possible. However, in some cases, there might be no other choice than to remove a tooth. If that is the case, then you should strive to replace that missing tooth as soon as you can. A single lost tooth could have a detrimental effect on the oral environment, and replacing it may feel like an option, but in our opinion, it often becomes an absolute necessity for continued function and good oral health.

 

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How much does a tooth extraction cost?

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It is a wide range depending on the complexity of the procedure. Simple extractions range from $100 to $250, while surgical extractions start at $150 and could go all the way up to $5500. Surgical extractions are understandably more expensive since they involve more work, stitches, follow-up review and possibly sedation.   Sedation can add a further $300 – $2000 to the cost of removing a tooth.

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Maintain function

Keeps the other teeth healthy

Better
Oral Health

Continue eating what you like

Stability and strength

Keeps your mouth in harmony

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During the procedure itself, your blood vessels may get injured causing some bleeding, or the nerves could also get damaged and so you would feel numb for a while. Finally, if the extraction was forceful, the bone could crack or break under the pressure. These complications are extremely rare, especially with simple extraction procedures.

After the surgery, if the proper instructions were not followed, the wound could get infected causing severe pain, and a foul taste and smell from the infected wound.

It depends on the location of the anesthesia (or the location of the tooth to be pulled). The anesthesia for all the upper teeth, as well as the lower front teeth should last for only 2 or 3 hours. For the lower back teeth, it could be a bit longer, about 6 hours. Some people even report it lasted throughput the night, only letting up the next morning.

For simple extractions, you could go out the next day and live normally. For surgical extractions, a 3 to 5 days rest is needed for the swelling to go down and the pain to subside.

Hard, hot and spicy foods, disturbing the wound with the fingers or tongue, smoking, and using mouth rinse (water included) for a couple of days.

Antibiotics are rarely needed after tooth extraction. Only cases of severe infection require antibiotics, as prescribed by your dentist.

You should start the rinses 2 days after the procedure. 3 to 5 times a day for 5 days should be sufficient

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