Tooth Extractions – Marysville, OH

Removing Teeth to Ensure Better Oral Health

Tooth extraction in Marysville

Tooth extractions in Marysville is never a form of treatment that Dr. Barry Miller would want to recommend. However, some situations can arise when removing one or more teeth is the only possible solution. Safeguarding your oral health is the priority, so if a tooth is no longer viable and is putting the remainder of your smile at risk, our team will ensure your comfort and safety when helping you to say goodbye to one or more of your pearly whites. Call us today to learn more about this process or keep reading.

Why Choose Northwest Family Dental for Tooth Extractions?

  • Emergency Dental Appointments Treated ASAP
  • We Treat Patients of All Ages
  • Sedation Dentistry Available for Anxious Patients

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Woman experiencing tooth pain

Although tooth extraction is not something that is commonly suggested, it can be necessary if you exhibit any of the following:

  • You have a severely decayed tooth that is no longer treatable using root canal therapy or a dental crown.
  • You have suffered extreme facial trauma, and your tooth is beyond repair.
  • You require orthodontic treatment but first need to have one or more teeth removed to ensure adequate space for your existing, healthy teeth to move.
  • You have a few remaining natural teeth that are likely to fall out, so it is in your best interest for us to remove them before you receive dentures.
  • You have advanced periodontitis that is causing bone and tooth loss.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Patient undergoing tooth extraction

Removing a tooth can occur in one of two ways – simple or surgical. If the tooth is entirely above the gumline or partially erupted, we’re likely to extract it using specialized instruments and anesthesia. With the help of a dental elevator, we can lift the tooth from its socket before attaching dental forceps to it and gently moving it back and forth. This will continue until the tooth finally detaches from the ligaments.

If your tooth is impacted (beneath the gumline), the only way to retrieve it is surgically. This means that we will need to make an opening in the gum tissue and remove the tooth in pieces. This is often the easiest way, as it reduces the chances of disturbing more of the bone tissues surrounding the tooth.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Middle-aged woman smiling after tooth removal

After your tooth extraction is complete, you’ll want to make sure that you have some drive you home from your appointment. We’ll make sure that you receive detailed instructions regarding your post-op recovery. Some of the tips you can expect include:

  • Getting plenty of rest once you get home, and keeping your head elevated so that it does not cause more excessive bleeding.
  • Changing out the gauze to ensure that the bleeding stops and a blood clot forms.
  • Eating soft foods in the initial days of your recovery, as you will not need to bite down or chew on anything hard or crunchy.
  • Avoiding bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol, as it can prolong your healing time and cause you to bleed more.
  • Avoiding straws and vigorous rinsing, as this can cause your blood clot to dislodge and create a dry socket, which is very painful.
  • Rinsing with saltwater to remove bacteria from the mouth and quicken the healing process.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

The cost of tooth extractions can vary depending on a few different factors. Most of our patients find the procedure to be relatively affordable. During your consultation, we will discuss specific numbers. We can also help you understand your payment options. For example, we welcome insurance and accept financing through CareCredit and Cherry. We also have an in-house membership plan for patients without insurance. Our goal is to make the process of paying for your treatment as low-stress as possible.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

Some factors that can have a bearing on the cost of tooth extractions include:

  • The location of the tooth that needs to be extracted. Due to their location, some teeth are more challenging to remove than others. Therefore, they incur higher fees.
  • The number of teeth that need to be removed. Logically, removing one tooth costs less than removing several.
  • The overall complexity of your case. We can care for most extractions right here in our Marysville office. If we need to refer you to a specialist, though, you may end up paying quite a different price.
  • Additional care. We may recommend that you receive tooth replacement, which can significantly add to the total cost of your care. Bridges, dentures, and implants can all have very different price points. Plus, if you receive sedation during your extraction procedure, that can further contribute to your total bill.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

In most cases, yes, dental insurance covers tooth extractions. If you need a simple extraction, up to 80% of the cost may be covered. Surgical extractions are often 50% covered. Of course, you will need to check the details of your policy to learn the specifics of how it may apply. Our team welcomes insurance, and we can help you use your benefits to the full. We are even in-network with several popular plans.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable

Beyond insurance, there are a few provisions that could make it easier for you to afford your extraction procedure:

  • We accept financing through both CareCredit and Cherry. Simply ask us how you can apply, and we will walk you through the process. Most patients are eligible for a reasonable monthly payment amount.
  • In-house membership plan. Our membership plan is designed for patients without insurance. It can cover all of your preventive care and provide 15% off most other services, including extractions.

Would you like to learn more about tooth extractions and their cost? Our team is eager to assist you. Get in touch with us today to book your consultation. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthier, happier smile.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

Removed teeth lying on a cloth

Even if a toothache is killing you, the prospect of removing a tooth can be a little bit nerve wracking. You probably have plenty of questions about removing a tooth entails.

We understand dental anxiety, which is why we take the time to address any of the concerns that our patients have before beginning any kind of treatment, especially a tooth extraction. While we’ll set aside plenty of time to do that at your appointment, we’ve also compiled a short list of some of the most common ones that we get.

Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

Patients tend to be concerned about pain when it comes to any kind of dental treatment, but especially when it comes to tooth extractions. You can rest assured that before beginning dental work we will take the time to numb your mouth completely, ensuring that the time you spend in the dentist’s chair will be completely painless.

You may feel a bit sore once the treatment is done, which is why we’ll provide you with plenty of instructions for aftercare. Following them well is critical to staying comfortable after your treatment.

What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

There are plenty of ways for you to replace a missing tooth, and which one you should pick has to do with the condition of your oral health and number of teeth you’ve had removed.

There are dental bridges, which are best used to replace one or two teeth. They consist of two dental crowns with several false teeth in between. Then there are dentures, which are better for replacing many teeth on a single ridge.

Finally, there are dental implants. These are metal posts inserted into the jaw that can be attached to either a crown, bridge, or denture to replace a tooth. We’ll talk to you in more detail about what kind of tooth replacement would be best for you when we meet.

What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?

We’ll give you detailed instructions after we conclude your tooth extraction, but here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to be prepared.

For one, be sure to avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after the extraction is complete. A raised heart rate can cause the wound to start bleeding, and even reopen in some cases. You should also take care to keep the gauze over the wound in place, not touching the wound with your tongue or hands.

When eating, you may also need to stay away from tough or acidic foods. You should also avoid drinking with a straw as this can pull the emerging clot out of place.

If you’re sore after your procedure, you should try using a cold compress to bring down swelling. Only take the pain medicine recommended or prescribed by us, and only as directed.

What Risks Are Involved with Tooth Extractions?

While tooth extractions certainly feel scary, they’re actually incredibly safe. The primary thing you have to worry about is infection, which is part of why it’s so important to stick closely to our aftercare instructions.

Similarly, dry socket can happen if you use a straw or otherwise generate suction while you’re still healing. Your clot can be pulled out of place, substantially delaying healing.