A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth (visible crown and root) from its socket inside the jawbone. Advancements in dentistry technology has greatly reduced the number of teeth that require tooth extraction.
Common causes of tooth loss
- #1 cause is Periodontal disease
- Tooth infection that impacts jawbone and surrounding gum tissue
- Traumatic injury
- Unrestorable broken tooth
- Root fracture
- Patient declines to have root canal therapy for tooth with pulpal (nerve of tooth) decay (cavity)
Elective tooth extraction
There are times when tooth extraction is recommended in order to improve the overall function and/or aesthetics of a person’s smile.
- Remove specific teeth prior to placement of dental braces
- Removal of third molars (aka wisdom teeth)
- Removal of teeth before a cosmetic dental procedure
Exam & Diagnosis
A complete review of your medical and dental history (past and present), dental exam including a digital x-ray is necessary in order for your dentist to diagnose and identify your dental treatment options.
Same day* emergency appointments available
*Appointments available Monday- Friday during business hours. Call (763) 586-9988 to schedule or click button below to
request an appointment online.
Tooth extraction decision
Having a tooth pulled is an irreversible procedure; therefore, it’s important to fully understand and discuss your available treatment options with your dentist before making a decision. Some factors and questions to ask yourself and consider
are listed below.
- Is tooth extraction the only viable option to resolve your pain and symptoms?
- Will the missing tooth space be visible when you smile or speak?
- Will the missing tooth require a replacement tooth to fill the space?
- If so, what are your teeth replacement options to fill the space?
- What are the repercussions (if any) if you elect to not replace missing tooth?
- Will the missing space impact adjacent and opposing teeth?
- Will the missing tooth impact your ability to chew and enjoy your favorite foods?
- Will the missing tooth impact your outward facial appearance and/or side profile?
- Will the missing tooth impact your speech?
Tooth extraction cost
The cost of a tooth extraction depends upon many factors. Tooth extraction is often a covered service under most dental insurance plans. Tooth replacement costs vary and are dependent upon options that you and your dentist will discuss
before your tooth is removed.
Type of anesthesia used for dental appointment comfort may also impact your out of pocket costs. Use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or general anesthesia (put to sleep during procedure) are additional and may or may not be covered by
your dental insurance plan.
Tooth extraction procedure
Except in emergency situations will your dentist extract your tooth at the initial examination appointment.
Tooth extraction examination appointment
- Comprehensive review of your medical and dental history (past and present)
- Take x-ray and perform clinical examination of tooth
- Dentist will review clinical findings and discuss available treatment options
- Patient to review presented dental treatment options and make decision
- If patient elects extraction, select desired level of anesthesia.
- Local anesthetic
- Local anesthetic with nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- General anesthesia (be asleep during procedure). Requires an adult driver and referral to oral surgeon.
Tooth extraction appointment (a & b options)
- Dentist will update medical history for any changes since examination appointment
- Dental assistant will take blood pressure
- Administer nitrous oxide (if desired) till comfortable
- Administer local anesthetic to tooth and surrounding gum tissue
- Once tooth and surrounding gum tissue feels completely numb, your dentist will proceed and remove your tooth
- Afterwards, the dentist will review aftercare instructions and discuss post appointment pain management
Tooth extraction aftercare
It’s very important to follow aftercare instructions as discussed by your dentist to minimize the possibility of developing a dry socket. A dry socket is when a blood clot fails to form inside the tooth socket. Symptoms (typically 2-3 days following extraction) are often painful and require a dentist to place a medicated dressing inside the tooth socket.
If you develop any painful symptoms, call Dentistry for the Entire Family right away at (763) 586-9988. A dentist is on call after hours.
The following day, you’ll receive an aftercare call to see how you’re doing and answer any additional questions you may have.
Tooth extraction healing time
Healing time varies person to person and even tooth to tooth. Generally speaking, it takes approximately 8-12 weeks for the tooth socket to heal and fully close. Until that time, warm salt water rinse can be used to remove food debris from tooth socket.