Gentle Tooth Removal to Support Long-term Oral Health
We strive to help each patient retain their natural teeth for as long as possible — ideally, for their entire lifetime. In some cases, however, it becomes necessary to remove one or more teeth for the sake of the patient’s long-term oral health. When that happens, we perform tooth extractions in our East Hartford, CT dental office as gently and comfortably as possible. We also offer state-of-the-art tooth replacement when appropriate to help individuals regain full dental function and avoid the embarrassment of missing teeth.
Why Choose Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut for Tooth Extractions?
Used Only as a Last Resort
Multiple Sedation Options Available
State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
There are a number of reasons why we may determine that one or more extractions are necessary:
A tooth is so badly decayed or damaged that it cannot be preserved with a filling or crown.
It is necessary to remove teeth in order to make room for orthodontia or a denture.
Gum disease has severely compromised the health of the bone supporting a tooth.
One of a child’s primary teeth is impeding the development of incoming adult teeth.
A tooth is impacted (stuck beneath the gumline).
The wisdom teeth are threatening a patient’s oral health.
We must remove a tooth to stop an infection from spreading into nearby tissues.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
When you visit our dental office, we will first thoroughly examine your mouth to determine whether an extraction is truly necessary. If we conclude that it is, we will begin the procedure by using anesthesia and perhaps sedation to make sure you are comfortable. Then, we will lift the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. We will use forceps to grip the tooth and rock it back and forth so as to break the ligaments that attach it to the surrounding bone. After the tooth is out of your mouth, we will clean the socket and use gauze to control any bleeding.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Here are some simple things you can do to facilitate a smooth recovery after your extraction appointment:
After the initial 24 hours, start regularly rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.
Take all medications as recommended by our team.
Prop your head up on pillows when you are resting.
Stick to a soft diet.
Do not smoke.
Do not use a drinking straw.
Avoid strenuous physical activity.
Contact us right away if you notice any signs of an infection, such as pus, excessive swelling, or extreme pain.
Attend all follow-up appointments so we can replace your tooth in a timely manner. This can reduce your risk of future problems, including further tooth loss, bone deterioration in the jaw, and dental drift.
Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions
The cost of tooth extractions can vary depending on a number of factors. When you visit us for your consultation, we will be able to discuss specific numbers. This procedure is affordable for most patients, especially when they take advantage of provisions like insurance, financing, or a dental discount plan. Ask our team about your payment options. We want the financial aspect of your care to be as low-stress as possible.
Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost
A few factors that can influence the cost of tooth extractions include:
The type and location of the tooth that needs to be extracted. Due to their position in the mouth or their size, some teeth are more challenging to remove than others. Therefore, they may come with higher fees.
The number of teeth that must be removed. Logically, a patient who needs a single tooth extracted will end up paying less than someone who requires multiple extractions.
The overall complexity of the case. We can easily handle most tooth extractions right here at Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut. Rarely, though, we may need to refer patients to an outside specialist with a pricing structure that is different from our own.
Additional care. Sedation during your procedure can add to your overall costs. There are also various forms of tooth replacement available, each of which comes in at differing price points.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
It is very common for dental insurance to cover tooth extractions. If the procedure is straightforward, it may be classed as a minor service, so up to 80% of its cost might be covered. More complex extractions might be just 50% covered. Our team accepts many insurance policies, and we will be happy to help you figure out how your benefits apply. We will work with you to keep your out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum.
Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable
In addition to insurance, there are a couple of options that might make it easier for you to afford your extraction procedure:
The Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan is especially beneficial for patients without insurance. In exchange for a reasonable fee, you can enjoy reduced prices on virtually all of the services in our office, including tooth extractions.
Financing. CareCredit financing can allow you to pay for your treatment over time with the help of a low-interest installment agreement. After a brief application process, most patients are deemed eligible for credit.
Our team is ready to help you navigate the extraction process, including its financial side. Get in touch with us today to ask questions or book your consultation. We are eager to serve you!