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Tooth Extractions – Edmond, OK

Comfortable Removal of Troublesome Teeth

The loss of a single tooth, even one that’s not visible, can dramatically impact your oral health. That’s why removing a tooth is almost never our first choice here at Bluff Creek Dental. In some cases, though, performing a tooth extraction is the best option for preserving your oral health as a whole. Rest assured that when you do need tooth extractions, your dentist in Edmond, Dr. Patrick Crowley, will make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. He’ll examine your smile, determine whether an extraction is necessary, and come up with a personalized treatment plan. If a particular tooth has been giving you trouble, contact us today to discuss your options.

When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

smiling man giving thumbs up before tooth extraction in Edmond

Dr. Crowley will do his utmost to help you retain your natural teeth for as long as possible. In the following situations, though, removing a tooth may be the best choice for your overall oral health and function:

  • Severe decay or damage has irreparably destroyed a tooth
  • To make room in the mouth for orthodontic treatment when teeth are overcrowded
  • To ensure the success of a partial or full denture
  • When a primary (baby) tooth doesn’t fall out on its own
  • When a tooth is impacted (stuck in the gumline and unable to erupt)
  • Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are often removed due to impaction or crowding

What to Expect During the Tooth Extraction Process

dentist holding an extracted tooth with a dental instrument

There are generally two ways to remove a tooth: a simple extraction or a surgical extraction in Edmond.

A simple extraction is only possible when the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. First, we numb that area of your mouth. Then, we use a clasping instrument to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free.

A surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth is impacted. In some cases, this may involve making an incision in the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. We might also have to break the tooth into smaller sections and remove it piece by piece.

After we closely examine your mouth, we can determine which option is best for you. We’ll also make sure your mouth is completely numb before beginning. We can even provide dental sedation to help you relax and get comfortable at our office near Piedmont.

Caring for Your Smile After a Tooth Extraction

young woman getting a tooth extracted

Following your tooth extraction, we’ll provide you with aftercare instructions for the next few days, which may look something like this:

  • Take any prescribed pain medication or antibiotics as directed.
  • Use cold compresses to minimize pain and swelling.
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods while healing.
  • Do NOT smoke or drink through a straw, as that could dislodge the blood clot forming at the extraction site.
  • Eat only soft foods.
  • Call us right away if your pain or bleeding increases after the first two days.

Options for Tooth Replacement

several extracted teeth lying on gauze pad

Once you have recovered from your extraction, we can discuss your options for replacing the tooth. Many patients choose a dental bridge, which consists of several dental crowns strung together. This restoration looks natural, but it requires that two healthy teeth be shaved down. Plus, it only replaces the tooth’s crown, not the root.

That’s why we often recommend dental implants instead. These titanium posts are placed in the jawbone and topped with a personalized crown, bridge, or denture. Not only are they versatile enough to bring back any number of teeth, but they often last exponentially longer than bridges.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions  

Tooth next to a pile of coins

As much effort as we put into making our procedures entirely stress-free, we also know that it’s unavoidable that some patients will be made nervous by the prospect of the treatment. That’s why we make it a point to make payment easy; in order to give you one less thing to worry about.

We’ll be able to give you a complete estimate for what your care will cost when we meet you in person, but here’s what you should know before then in the interest of budgeting for your treatment. 

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost  

Money next to a dental x-ray

First of all, it’s important to note that there are a variety of factors that can affect the cost of your tooth extraction in one way or another. For example:

  • The type of tooth that you’re having removed and where it’s located in the mouth.
  • How many teeth are being extracted.
  • The complexity of the tooth extraction. For example, if a tooth is impacted it may be necessary to consult an external specialist to aid with the procedure.
  • What you’ll use to replace the tooth you’re missing.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions? 

Dental insurance form on a table

Tooth extractions are only ever done for important medical reasons, meaning that they’re well within the realm of what most dental plans are willing to cover. That being the case, you can usually expect your insurance to cover at least a portion of the care that you’re going to receive. While the exact rate of care depends a bit on the particulars of your dental plan, you can often expect around 50% of the procedure to be paid for. That said, it’s important to check with your insurance company to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your benefits.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable 

Tooth next to a clipboard and calculator

That said, we don’t want to make insurance a requirement in order for patients to get the care that they need from us. For that reason, we offer a plethora of financial options that make the services you receive considerably more affordable.

For one, we’re currently offering a special on emergency appointments, so if you’re in pain and think that one of your teeth needs to be extracted, there’s no harm in coming in for an exam.

We also have an in-house membership plan that can serve as an excellent alternative to dental insurance. For an annual fee you can get complementary preventive services, as well as substantial discounts on many of the other services that you’ll receive from us.

If you’re unsure about paying for care all at once, you might be interested in financing services from CareCredit. Patients who qualify can split up the price of their procedure, often with little-to-no additional interest.

If you have questions about any of the financial options available to you, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk to you about them.