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Tooth Extractions – Rock Hill, SC

Keeping Your Smile Healthy

Woman in dental chair smiling after tooth extraction

It’s always better to preserve your natural teeth with restorative dentistry whenever possible, but sometimes an extraction is the only way to keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Drs. Coombs, Ross, and Sourlis will make sure the extraction procedure is performed in a gentle, compassionate manner. If you’re suffering from a severe toothache or another condition that might mean a need for tooth extractions in our Rock Hill, SC dental office, contact our dental office today.

Why Choose Coombs, Ross & Sourlis Family Dentistry for Tooth Extractions?

  • Various Kinds of Sedation Dentistry Available
  • Experienced, Compassionate Dentists
  • Remove Badly Decayed or Injured Teeth

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Man with toothache before tooth extraction

A tooth extraction can be performed for various reasons. It’s commonly done when there is a tooth that has experienced advanced decay and can’t be repaired; at that point, it needs to be removed so that the infection doesn’t spread. Similarly, removal is necessary when the tooth has been physically injured to the point where a crown can’t save it.

Sometimes, if there’s not enough room in the mouth, an extraction is needed to prepare for an orthodontic treatment. Also, if your child has had their baby teeth for too long, an extraction can make room for the adult teeth.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Illustration of forceps removing tooth from socket

The process of removing a tooth is usually straightforward. First, we numb your mouth with local anesthetic so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. In some cases, we also administer sedation.

Once you are comfortable, we use a tool called an elevator to gently lift the tooth out of its socket. Next, we grip the tooth with forceps and rock it back and forth in order to break the connective tissues that are holding it in place.

After the tooth is out of your mouth, we carefully clean the socket and use gauze to control any bleeding. Finally, you get to go home and begin the recovery process.

Of course, some tooth extractions are more complex than others. If a tooth is impacted (stuck beneath the gums) or there are other special circumstances, the removal procedure might necessitate that we make incisions in the gums or break the tooth into pieces.

Different Types of Tooth Extractions

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

Typically, if there’s only one affected tooth that’s easily accessible, a simple extraction can be performed with forceps and a device called an elevator. That said, there are a few other forms of this procedure.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth usually need to be extracted because there’s not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt, causing them to become painfully stuck in the jawbone. These third molars can be removed if they pose a threat to your oral health; you might also choose extraction as a precautionary measure. This procedure requires us to make small incisions in your gums, and we might need to break the wisdom teeth into pieces before removing them; we will use an appropriate form of sedation so that you remain relaxed during this process.

Multiple Tooth Extractions

If you need to get multiple teeth removed at once, we can help walk you through the procedure. We will also help you start planning ahead for replacing your teeth with dental implants, dentures, or another restoration.

Tooth Extraction Site Preservation

Dental implants are generally considered the best solution for missing teeth since they can replace the tooth’s root structure. Unfortunately, since tooth loss usually leads to jawbone deterioration, your jaw may not be able to support the implant posts once they’re ready to be placed. It’s possible to avoid this issue with extraction site preservation; this involves the placement of grafting material to keep the bone around the missing teeth strong and thick enough to receive dental implants later.

Post-Operative Care

Woman resting peacefully after a tooth extraction

Our team will give you detailed post-operative instructions to help you enjoy a smooth recovery while your mouth heals from your extractions. We might tell you to:

  • Bite down gently on a piece of gauze to manage bleeding.
  • Get plenty of rest for at least a few days. During that time, you should avoid strenuous physical activity.
  • Use painkillers as necessary.
  • Apply ice to minimize swelling.
  • Keep your head propped up on pillows when you are resting.
  • After the initial 24 hours, begin regularly rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and gently swish with the solution for about 30 seconds.
  • Do not smoke or use a drinking straw. These activities increase the risk of a complication known as dry socket.
  • Eat a diet of soft, nutrient-rich foods. Most people can resume their normal eating habits within 1 – 2 weeks after an extraction.
  • Call our team if you have questions or concerns during your recovery.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments so we can provide tooth replacement or other services as necessary.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

a tooth sitting atop a stack of coins

 

Remember that a tooth extraction will always be reserved as a last resort for treating your oral health. That’s why, if your dentist recommends that you undergo this procedure, it’s likely the only way to keep the rest of your smile safe and healthy. Still, our team will want you to know as much as possible about the treatment, including how much you’ll be expected to pay. While the cost of tooth extractions will vary based on unique circumstances, here’s what you can typically consider from the treatment before coming in for your initial consultation.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

a patient smiling while visiting her dentist

 

After coming to our office to discuss your procedure, our team will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and see if a tooth extraction is absolutely necessary for protecting the rest of your smile. If we conclude that you require this procedure, we’ll consider several different factors that can impact the price of your treatment, including:

  • The number of teeth: Having to remove a single problematic tooth will cost much less than extracting multiple teeth.
  • The complexity of the procedure: Tooth extractions that require more time or are more difficult to perform can typically come with a higher price.
  • Additional treatment: Other than removing wisdom teeth, tooth extractions usually entail that you’ll need a tooth replacement to restore your bite. This can involve you requiring a solution like a dental bridge, partial denture, or dental implant—all of which will add to the overall cost.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

a dental insurance form for the cost of tooth extractions

 

For the majority of dental insurance policies, it’s normal to expect around half of the total cost of tooth extractions to be covered, so long as you’ve met your deductible. Even so, there can still be limitations that you’ll have to consider before your benefits can come into play, such as a waiting period or a specific number of teeth that need to be removed. That’s why you’ll want to double-check the details of your plan with your insurance company before committing to any treatments. You can also consult our team so that we can help you file your claims and navigate your policy for a smoother and stress-free process.

How to Make Tooth Extractions Affordable

a patient smiling while getting his teeth checked

 

Patients who don’t have dental insurance can still explore other methods of lowering their out-of-pocket expenses when it comes to paying the cost of tooth extractions. Our team is proud to offer VIP Smile Club memberships that can give you significant discounts on various treatments by paying a low monthly fee. We’re also partnered with third-party financier, CareCredit, which can effectively split up the total cost of dental care into monthly, low-to-zero-interest installments.