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Tooth Extractions – New Haven, CT

Tooth Removal with a Light Touch

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At New Haven Dental Group, we are usually able to repair any teeth that have developed decay or damage, but sometimes, a tooth can be so far gone that the only viable option is to extract it . When this is necessary, our team takes every step possible to perform tooth removal with a light touch. Patient comfort is a top priority for us. After a tooth extraction, if needed, we can help you replace the lost tooth with one of our custom-made restorations.

Why Choose New Haven Dental Group for Tooth Extractions? 

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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There are a number of reasons why we might determine that the removal of one or more teeth is necessary:

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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In simple extraction cases, we begin by numbing the mouth. Then, we use something called an elevator to gently lift the tooth from its socket. Next, we grip the tooth with forceps and move it in a way that breaks the ligaments that are holding it in place. After the tooth is out of the mouth, we clean the socket and place some gauze to control bleeding.

Surgical extractions are more complex and tend to involve extra steps. For example, we might have to create incisions in the gums or break a tooth into pieces.

After an extraction (or possibly before), we may talk to you about your tooth replacement options so you can regain a complete smile as quickly as possible.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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Here are some tips that can promote a smooth recovery after your extraction procedure:

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

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The cost of tooth extractions is manageable for most patients, though the exact price varies from case to case. When you visit us for your consultation, we will assess the details of your situation and provide a personalized estimate. We can also assist you as you explore payment options. For example, your insurance may cover a portion of your care, or you may be eligible for low-interest financing. We strive to make the process of paying for extractions to be as low-stress as possible.

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Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

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The cost of tooth extractions can vary depending on a few different factors, including:

  • Which tooth needs to be removed. Some teeth, such as wisdom teeth, tend to be more challenging to extract than others. Therefore, they incur higher fees.
  • The number of teeth that need to be extracted. Logically, removing several teeth costs more than removing just one or two.
  • The overall difficulty of the case. We can handle the majority of tooth extractions right here in our Branford dental office. Rarely, though, we must refer patients to an outside specialist, whose pricing structure may be quite different from our own.
  • Additional care. Sedation during your procedure, as well as tooth replacement afterward, can add significantly to the total cost of your care. The type of sedation and tooth replacement also has a bearing on overall cost.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

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It is very common for dental insurance to cover tooth extractions. Simple extractions are usually classified as a minor service, so around 80% of their cost may be covered. If you need a surgical extraction, around 50% of your procedure could be covered, up to the amount of your policy’s annual maximum. Our practice accepts many forms of insurance, and we will be happy to help you figure out how your unique benefits apply.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable

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In addition to insurance, there are a few provisions that might make it easier for you to afford your tooth extraction procedure:

  • Financing.We accept CareCredit, a third-party lender that provides low-interest and no-interest payment plans for dental services. After a short and easy application process, most patients are approved for financing.
  • Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan is great for patients without insurance. In exchange for a reasonable fee, you can enjoy significantly reduced fees on most of the services available in our practice.

Do you believe you need to have a tooth removed? The team at New Haven Dental Group is ready to help you navigate every aspect of your care, including its financial side. Contact us today to learn more about how we may be able to serve you.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Here at New Haven Dental Group, we are ready to provide gentle tooth extractions for patients in need. However, we recognize that this procedure can cause some anxiety; it may put your mind at ease to discover the answers to some frequently asked questions about tooth extractions. If your specific questions are not discussed here, please reach out to us directly. We are eager to speak with you because we want all of our patients to be able to make well-informed decisions about their oral care.

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Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

Thanks to modern dental techniques, tooth extractions are surprisingly comfortable. One of the first things we do during an extraction appointment is numb the patient’s mouth, making them unable to feel pain. However, the local anesthesia does not block out pressure sensations, so you might still feel something throughout your procedure.

After any local anesthesia wears off, you can expect your mouth to be sore for at least a few days. Our team will provide instructions to help you enjoy a smooth recovery. For example, we may advise you to take pain relievers, adjust your eating habits, and get plenty of rest.

Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?

In many cases, it is possible to prevent the need for an extraction. For example, an infected tooth is often salvageable via root canal therapy. Periodontal therapy can prevent a gum infection from spreading and help to keep the teeth firmly in place.

However, there are some circumstances that necessitate a tooth extraction. This is often the case if a tooth is severely damaged or the gums have suffered serious recession. If our team recommends that you get one or more teeth removed, you can be confident that we have already considered alternative options.

What Is the Difference Between Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Wisdom tooth surgery and tooth extractions both involve tooth removal. However, they are sometimes categorized as different procedures for a couple of reasons:

  • A tooth extraction can involve the removal of any tooth, whereas wisdom tooth surgery is exclusively for the third set of molars.
  • A regular tooth extraction is usually fairly simple and straightforward. It involves gripping the tooth, breaking the connective tissues that are holding it in place, and removing it from the mouth. Wisdom tooth removal may involve creating incisions in the gums, breaking a tooth into pieces, or other complex steps.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

If you get a wisdom tooth or supernumerary (extra) tooth removed, then yes, it is fine not to pursue tooth replacement in most cases.

In almost all other circumstances, we strongly recommend tooth replacement with a dental implant because it can prevent the complications that come with tooth loss. For example, it can prevent your jawbone from deteriorating, keep your natural teeth in their proper places, and allow you to have a confident, natural-looking smile.

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