Same-day extractions usually available
When a tooth is removed it is called a tooth extraction (also known as pulling a tooth). Tooth extractions often become necessary when there is tooth decay, gum disease or trauma to the mouth.
When possible, it is usually preferred to restore a tooth with a filling, crown or root canal first. However, tooth extractions are sometimes the best option. Extractions are nothing to be embarrassed about; According to NIH, Adults in the United States age 20-64 have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth (1). Additionally, there are options such as bridges and implants, which can be performed after an extraction, and help from both a health and aesthetic standpoint.
Tooth Extraction Cost
It’s a question we hear every day: “How much does it cost to pull a tooth?” And while it can be frustrating, there’s a reason most dental offices will not be able to give you a quote over the phone.
Determining the cost of a tooth extraction depends on a variety of factors, which can only be determined by a having a dental exam. Some factors include the type of tooth (e.g. molar, incisor, wisdom tooth), and if the tooth is broken, fractured or impacted. The location of the tooth, gum health and previous procedures performed on that tooth can also affect the cost.
After a dental exam, we will present patients with a treatment plan, sometimes with multiple treatment options. We make sure you are aware of the cost of each of the treatment options before we ever perform a treatment.
If a tooth must be extracted, we’ll make the process as comfortable as possible by administering an anesthetic. Each of our dentists will do everything possible to make the experience as painless as possible and provide instructions for quick healing and to prevent future complications.
Surgical extractions are sometimes necessary for teeth that must be removed, but cannot easily be accessed by the dentist. This includes situations where there is a broken or cracked tooth, or when a tooth is partially below the gum line (impacted). Like common extractions, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to make you comfortable during the procedure.
Most people have wisdom teeth, but can’t keep them clean or don’t have room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth to completely break through their gums. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can partially break through, leaving a small space for decay to set in. Tooth decay can infect the tooth and surrounding areas, and often causes substantial pain. This is often referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.
In some more complicated cases, patients may be referred to another oral surgeon who specializes in wisdom teeth extractions. In these situations our dentists will do their best to help ease the pain, and provide a referral to a trusted oral surgeon in the area.
Set up an Appointment
To set up an appointment, give us a call at (515) 287-2006. If you can’t reach us by phone you can request an appointment online.
(1) – NIH.gov – Dental Caries