Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are numerous reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary, which may include (but are not limited to):
- Removing baby teeth that are having difficulty in naturally falling out.
- Extracting teeth to facilitate orthodontic treatment.
- Removing teeth that are causing pain or infection.
- Extracting a tooth that has been fractured or broken.
Nevertheless, tooth extraction may not be the sole solution available to you. In the event of tooth pain, we might be able to offer prompt relief while simultaneously preserving your tooth. However, early detection is vital.
Please inform us if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Intense tooth pain.
- Pain that intensifies when pressure is applied or while chewing.
- Jaw pain or stiffness.
- Swollen gums around the affected tooth or teeth.
- Indications of gum disease, such as discolouration, bleeding, or unpleasant odour.
The treatment plan
A tooth extraction procedure is performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon and usually requires only one office visit. Here is how we go about the process, from determining if tooth removal is the right decision for you, to tooth extraction, to aftercare:
Looking for Solutions
Before our dentists pull any teeth, they will carefully examine your symptoms and discuss your options to determine the best course of action for you and the health of your teeth.
The Removal Process
Based on the preference of the dentist and the patient, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the areas where the tooth will be extracted. Sedation may also be available if it’s required. Our oral surgeons use a minimally invasive technique to remove teeth as gently as possible. Your comfort and quick recovery are our top priority.
You will be given aftercare instructions, including:
- How to care for your mouth as it heals.
- What to expect.
- What to do if you experience complications.
We would be happy to schedule a follow-up appointment to address any additional concerns you may have.
Cost Of A Dental Extraction In Thunder Bay
The price of a tooth extraction can vary depending on several factors. Typically, with a standard insurance plan, the cost of a tooth removal ranges from around $100 to $200+ as an out-of-pocket expense. We would be delighted to offer you a quote in advance, which you can submit to your insurance provider to determine your specific out-of-pocket costs. In the absence of insurance coverage, you can anticipate paying approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.
It is important to note that no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone since your treatment plan needs to be customized based on your individual needs, which can only be determined after a thorough oral examination. However, to give you a general idea of the cost and its reasons, dental extractions typically fall into two broad categories:
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
While many people consider the removal of wisdom teeth as a rite of passage, the truth is that wisdom teeth only require extraction if they become impacted or if they cause interference with your jaw and other teeth.
With the advancements in modern dental techniques and equipment, tooth extractions have become virtually painless. Patients often find the procedure quick and easy, which may come as a pleasant surprise. While some discomfort is normal, we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure your comfort and aid in the speedy healing process. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the recovery period.
Approximately one hour after the procedure, you may safely remove the gauze sponges placed in your mouth and begin eating. However, it is crucial to stick to consuming only soft foods within the initial 24 hours. It is also advisable to avoid hot foods and drinking through straws for a few hours following the extraction.
During your appointment, we will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions tailored to your specific needs. However, here are some general guidelines to follow after a tooth extraction or dental surgery to reduce the risk of complications and promote a prompt recovery:
1. In the first 24 hours after the extraction:
– Avoid spitting, mouth rinsing, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking.
– Refrain from touching the extraction site with your finger or tongue.
2. Avoid consuming hot foods and drinks, as they can disrupt the healing process.
3. Refrain from taking aspirin, as it can hinder blood clotting.
4. Minimize physical activities and avoid exercise to prevent excessive bleeding or complications.
Please note that these are general recommendations, and your specific aftercare instructions may vary. It is essential to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon for the best possible outcome.
Assuming there are no unexpected complications, a standard tooth extraction typically takes approximately 45 minutes or less.
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