Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are many reasons a tooth extraction may be required, including (but not limited to):
- The extraction of baby teeth that have trouble exfoliating on their own.
- The extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment.
- The extraction of teeth due to pain or infection.
- The extraction of a broken tooth.
However, tooth extraction may not be your only option. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, we may still be able to provide you with quick relief while saving your tooth in the process. But early detection is crucial.
Let us know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain.
- Pain that worsens with pressure or chewing.
- Jaw pain or stiffness.
- Swollen gums around the tooth or teeth.
- Signs of gum disease such as discoloration, bleeding or a bad odor.
- Pain to hot or cold temperatures.
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 need for bone grafting, antibiotics, and future tooth replacement are all considered when creating the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
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 trained dentists 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 Knoxville
The cost of tooth extraction may vary depending on several factors. With a typical insurance plan, a tooth removal commonly costs about $100 — $200+ out of pocket. We would be happy to provide you with a quote in advance to submit to your insurance provider to find out what your out-of-pocket costs would be. Without insurance, you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.
No dental practice can give you an accurate quote over the phone because your treatment plan must be tailored to your specific needs and can only be determined after an oral exam. There are two broad categories that dental extractions fall under which may give you a better idea of what your extraction may cost and why:
Simple Tooth Extraction
A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. It usually can be completed comfortable using local anesthesia alone. A simple extraction of an accessible tooth without complication would merit a lower cost estimate.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
A surgical extraction is a more complex form of dental surgery and comes with additional considerations. This is a more complex procedure than a simple tooth extraction and involves the removal of a tooth that cannot easily be seen or reached, either because it has not fully erupted or it has broken off at the gum line. A surgical tooth extraction, requiring a great amount of consideration, delicate care, and expertise will come at a greater cost. There may be compounding factors that require additional safety precautions to be considered and a referral to an oral surgeon in a medical center may be required.
Contact us today
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
- Avoid spitting, mouth rinsing, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking in the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- Don’t touch the extraction site with your finger or tongue.
- Avoid hot foods and drinks.
- Don’t take aspirin because it inhibits blood clotting.
- Avoid physical activities and exercise.
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