Tooth Extractions – Weatherford, TX
Say Goodbye to Your Troublesome Tooth
While we do everything that we can to keep your smile radiant and your oral health in top condition, sometimes teeth need to be extracted to protect you from future issues. In the event a tooth does need to be extracted, (and that is far from our first option when providing treatment) you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be served by a team you can trust. While we offer sedation services, we’re sure that having your care performed by people you’ve gotten to know will make the experience all the more comfortable. If you think it may be time to say goodbye to your troublesome tooth, call Beacon Dentistry of Weatherford today to schedule an appointment.
Why Choose Beacon Dentistry of Weatherford for Tooth Extractions?
- In-House Implant Placement Available
- Treatment Performed by Expert – Dr. Johannsen
- Cone Beam Scanner Technology In-House
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We avoid extracting teeth unless it’s absolutely needed. However, they may be performed in the following instances:
- A tooth is severely damaged beyond repair
- Gum disease has damaged supporting bone tissue
- Your mouth needs room for orthodontic treatment
- A baby tooth won’t fall out
- Room is needed to place a denture
- To replace a weak tooth with a dental implant
Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and prepared. No matter what the reason for your extraction may be, we’ll do everything possible to create a relaxing environment.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are either removed by pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth can only be “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, we will start by numbing the area around your teeth with a local anesthetic and using a clasping tool to shift around the tooth until it breaks away from the gums. If pulling the tooth isn’t possible, the tooth will need to be surgically extracted. For this procedure, a small incision is made to the gum tissue to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth to fully remove it.
When we examine your smile, we will determine which extraction method is ideal to meet your needs. When we discuss your extraction, we can also talk about potential tooth replacement options to prevent future oral health issues as a result of missing teeth.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you leave our office, we will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Every case is different, but here are some steps that we typically recommend for a quick, comfortable recovery:
- Rinse with saltwater 24 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid using tobacco products until your mouth has healed.
- Keep your head elevated while you sleep.
- Get plenty of rest to promote healing.
- Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medication as directed.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Stay away from hard, crunchy, and sticky foods.
Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions
The cost of tooth extractions can be affected by a number of different factors. During your consultation, we will be able to discuss specific numbers with you. We will also help you understand your payment options, such as insurance and financing. We even have an in-house discount plan that you can sign up for. Most patients find that, with the help of available provisions, affording a tooth extraction is relatively easy.
Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost
Some of the factors that can influence the cost of tooth extractions include:
- The type and location of the tooth that needs to be removed. Some teeth, such as wisdom teeth and impacted teeth, are more challenging to remove than others. Therefore, they tend to incur higher fees.
- The number of teeth that should be extracted. Removing multiple teeth costs more than removing just one or two.
- The overall complexity of the case. We can handle most tooth extractions right here in our Weatherford dental office. If your situation has any complicating factors, though, we might need to refer you to an outside specialist, whose pricing structure may be quite different from our own.
- Additional care. Sedation during your procedure, as well as tooth replacement afterward, can add significantly to your overall out-of-pocket expenses.
We will be sure to provide you with straightforward pricing information so you do not run into any unpleasant surprises when the time comes to pay for your treatment.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
In most cases, yes, dental insurance does cover tooth extractions. Simple extractions are usually classified as a minor service, so around 80% of their cost might be covered. Surgical extractions might be just 50% covered. Our team can help you understand how your policy applies to your unique situation. We can also help you file all the necessary forms so your out-of-pocket costs are as low as possible.
Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable
Insurance is just one provision that might make it easier for you to afford your extraction procedure. Additional resources that might help include:
- We accept numerous types of third-party financing. We can help you decide which one is the best fit for your situation and walk you through the application process. You may be able to choose from several different payment amounts according to what works best for your budget.
- Beacon Dental Savings Plan. In exchange for a reasonable fee, you can enjoy all necessary preventive care and a 15% discount on most other services, including tooth extractions!
Are you eager to learn more about tooth extractions and their cost? Contact our team today to ask questions or book a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!
Tooth Extraction FAQs
While having a tooth extraction may not be the ideal solution, it's reassuring to know that our team at Beacon Dentistry of Weatherford is fully prepared to address any concerns you may have and ensure you feel at ease before your procedure. Below, you can explore our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients. Should you have any additional questions not covered here, please don't hesitate to let us know, and we'll make every effort to assist you in feeling more comfortable.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
A tooth extraction typically involves a numbing process, which helps minimize pain during the procedure. While some soreness and discomfort can be expected afterward, diligently following your aftercare instructions is crucial. This not only helps prevent infection, but also reduces swelling and promotes healing. If you experience worsening pain or show signs of infection (i.e., fever), you must contact our team promptly for assistance.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
While it might be tempting to leave an empty space after a tooth extraction, it's important to consider the broader impact on your oral health and daily life. Even if the extracted tooth is not visible, it plays a crucial role in chewing properly and clear enunciation. A single missing back tooth can make chewing difficult, potentially leading to nutritional problems and indigestion. Additionally, missing a front tooth can affect your speech, causing a lisp due to altered tongue movements.
To prevent these issues, it’s highly recommended you schedule an appointment with your dentist after the healing process. We can help you explore suitable tooth replacement options that not only restore your smile, but also ensure your overall well-being.
What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?
For a faster tooth extraction recovery, remember these tips:
- Prioritize rest, avoid strenuous activity, and elevate your head to reduce swelling
- Follow the dentist's gauze instructions to promote blood clot formation, and avoid touching the wound
- Stay away from mouthwash and acidic foods to aid healing
- Hydrate, skip straws, and minimize excessive spitting to reduce dry socket risk
- Reduce puffiness with a cold compress on your cheek
- Take prescribed pain medication, avoiding blood-thinning drugs like aspirin
These steps can speed up your healing and ensure a smoother recovery.
How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?
Preparing for your tooth extraction is essential for a smooth experience. Here's what to do:
- Talk to Your Dentist – Discuss any concerns or questions with your dentist, covering what to bring, dietary restrictions, and specific instructions.
- Follow Guidance – Adhere to your dentist's pre-extraction instructions, whether it's fasting or picking up prescribed medication, to ensure a successful procedure.
- Plan Transportation – Arrange for a trustworthy adult to drive you home, especially if you'll receive anesthesia, ensuring your safety and peace of mind.
With these steps and open communication, you'll be well-prepared for your tooth extraction, ensuring a comfortable and worry-free experience.
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