Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Your teeth get a lot of wear and tear. Between being exposed to acidity from food and drink, biting hard objects, and even just from brushing too hard, your teeth go through a lot on a daily basis. When they aren’t cleaned properly, it is easy for them to become damaged. So how do you know when dental issues cross the line into tooth extraction?

What is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is when your tooth gets removed from the socket. It can be done by a general dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist. While the goal is usually to save the tooth, such as by a root canal, sometimes that isn’t always possible. There are 2 types of tooth extractions.

  1. Simple Extractions: May be done under local anesthesia, performed on visible teeth
  2. Surgical Extractions: May be done under general anesthesia, performed on teeth that are more difficult to reach. This is the last option considered as a solution.

Why Can Teeth Be Removed?

What Exactly is Excessive Tooth Decay?

Sometimes, tooth decay can become so severe that it reaches the center of the tooth, or the pulp. This will cause an infection in your tooth. The infection can sometimes be treated by a root canal, but, if it is severe, an extraction can be done to stop the infection from spreading or getting worse. 

How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?

The cost of a tooth extraction varies depending on your dentist, where you live, and what must be done to your tooth. This means whether or not your tooth must be extracted surgically or simply, and whether it is impacted. A simple extraction can cost up to $300 and a surgical extraction can cost up to $650. An impacted tooth can cost up to $4,000 to be removed.


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