First-time tooth extractions can make patients very anxious. They’re worried about the pain caused and the recovery time of the procedure. The process is actually simple and quick when you have a great dentist.
What are the reasons for tooth extractions?
The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common causes of tooth extractions amongst teens and adults. Wisdom teeth grow in and can crowd nearby teeth when there isn’t enough room for it to grow. In some cases, the tooth is fully grown by hidden within the gums, resulting in an infection or a cyst.
Other teeth may be removed when there’s excessive decay that cannot be fixed. The infection within the tooth can make it a hazard within the gum and therefore must be removed. Tooth extractions are also recommended for those getting braces, to make room for the teeth to shift into place.
Cost of a tooth extraction
Dental work isn’t exactly cheap. If you’re lucky to have insurance that covers dental work, you don’t have much to be worried about. Simple extractions can cost anywhere between $75 and $200 per tooth. The price can increase depending on the kind of anesthesia you need.
Dentists and oral surgeons will first prep and inject a local anesthetic to the area before extracting the tooth. Once the anesthetic has kicked in and the area is numb enough, the tooth is removed. Depending on your case, a dentist might recommend general anesthetic too, which puts you in a deep sleep-like state where you won’t feel any pain. A general anesthetic is recommended for those who experience extreme anxiety before and during the procedure, which hinders the surgeon’s ability to perform it correctly.
Once a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms over the socket. Gauze and pads are placed in the socket and the patient is asked to bite down on it to stop the bleeding. In certain cases, self-dissolving stitches are also used.
If the blood clot breaks loose, the bone is exposed, which is very painful. A sedative dressing is placed over the area for a few days to protect the area as a new clot forms.
After the procedure
The recovery of a tooth extraction takes a few days. The dentist will prescribe painkillers to manage the discomfort felt after the procedure. Applying ice to the affected area is also a great way to reduce swelling. Make sure you’re applying ice for only 10 minutes at a time.
Gently rinse and spit the solution prescribed by the dentist to prevent the clot from getting dislodged.
If your wisdom tooth has been bothering you or you’re suspecting an infected tooth, visit our family dental clinic in Bethesda, MD. We provide general dentistry and emergency dentistry services like tooth extractions.
Book an appointment today or call us at 301 654 1887.