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Tooth Extractions – Metairie, LA

Protect Your Smile from Badly Damaged Teeth

Female patient smiling after tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

Here at Nelson Dental Care, everything we do is to help our patients maintain healthy natural smiles for the rest of their lives. But while it’s generally better to keep your natural teeth when possible, there are times when it’s simply not the best choice for your health. If Dr. Nelson finds a severely decayed, broken, or infected tooth, he can have quickly and comfortably removed before it leads to any permanent harm to the rest of your smile. Call today if you think you might need tooth extractions in Metairie.

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Man with tooth pain in need of tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

We never make the decision to remove a tooth lightly. We have many options for saving a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth, and we’ll make sure that your fully aware of each and every one of them if there’s any chance that they can be used to save your teeth. Nevertheless, there are still situations where an extraction may be the only real choice for protecting your health and wellbeing long-term. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction are:

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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When removing a tooth, we’ll select one of two methods. For teeth that are fully emerged above the gum line, we can perform a simple extraction. This involves gently loosening the tooth with a special pair of forceps and an instrument called an elevator until it’s detached from the mouth. In the event that a tooth isn’t fully above the gum line, a surgical extraction is likely needed instead. We’ll open the gums to access the tooth structure, and in some cases, we’ll take the tooth out in sections instead of all at once. Your mouth will be numbed for both kinds of tooth extraction, and you can be sedated if you’re nervous or need help staying still for a long period of time.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman resting at home after tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

After your extraction is finished, we’ll give you some post-op instructions to help with the healing process. In general, you should

Be mindful of your symptoms while you’re recovering. Swelling, discomfort, and light bleeding are nothing unusual immediately following the surgery, but they should get better after a few days. Call us immediately if your symptoms remain the same or even grow worse; we’ll need to examine your mouth to see if any complications have occurred.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

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We want every step of the tooth extraction process to go as smoothly for our patients as possible. As such, when it comes to the question of how much you will need to pay for the procedure, we’ll go out of our way to ensure that you have all of the information that you need. When you visit our office, we can examine your mouth in order to gather the information necessary for creating an estimate that you can trust.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

Close-up of forceps holding tooth after tooth extraction in Metairie, LA

Not all tooth extractions are exactly the same, and consequently, each patient will need to pay a different cost. Some of the factors that play a role in determining the final price include:

  • The Location of the Tooth Being Extracted: Removing a tooth near the back of your mouth is a more complex procedure that typically comes at a higher fee.
  • The Type of Extraction: You can either have a simple extraction or a surgical extraction performed depending on the state of the tooth in question. As you can likely guess, surgical extractions tend to be more costly.
  • The Number of Teeth: Having multiple teeth removed carries a higher cost than simply having a single tooth extracted.
  • The Chosen Method of Tooth Replacement: Are you planning on getting a bridge, a denture, or dental implants to replace the tooth or teeth that were removed? If so, you will need to fit the cost of the prosthesis in question into your budget.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

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Having a tooth removed is often necessary for protecting your oral health, so many dental insurance plans are willing to at least partially cover it. Every policy is different, so you should double-check your benefits before committing to any treatments. That said, since tooth extraction is a major procedure, insurance companies will often pay around 50% of the cost.

Factors like your deductible and your annual maximum may affect the amount that needs to be paid out of your own pocket. Furthermore, if you recently bought a new insurance plan, there may be a waiting period to take into account. Talk to our team if you need any help figuring out the details of your insurance policy.

How to Make Tooth Extractions Affordable

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When the question of “How can you make dental care more affordable?” comes up, the answer that immediately leaps to the minds of most people is dental insurance. But if you currently don’t have an insurance plan, you may be wondering if there’s an alternative available. Luckily, there is: financing.

Our practice works with CareCredit and Lending Point, both of which offer flexible financing plans. Why stress out about paying the full cost of your care in a single lump sum when you can make a series of low monthly payments instead? Reach out to us if you would like more information about how financing works.

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