About Tooth Extractions
What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal?
Dr. Cutting will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, Dr. Cutting will advise you of what post-extraction regimen to follow. In most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal.
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For the first few days, you may experience some pain or swelling. Applying a cold cloth or an ice bag next to the area may help to relieve these symptoms. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual but take care not to clean the tooth located right next to the tooth socket where the extraction took place.
Tooth Replacement Options
Aside from wisdom teeth, it is important to replace missing or extracted teeth. Missing teeth expose the gums to more bacteria and can cause teeth to move or shift, leading to potential problems with the fit of the bite or TMJ function.
Dr. Cutting offers a full range of replacement options for missing teeth including dental implants, bridges and dentures. Most procedures can be completed in the comfort of our Edgewater dental office in one or two visits.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Plan on resting for the first 24 hours after your extraction. Some types of tooth extraction require more healing time, however most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. If you follow Dr. Cutting’s aftercare instructions, you should expect a quick recovery.
How painful is a tooth extraction?
The area will be completely numbed so you shouldn’t feel much more than pressure during the actual extraction. If you are having multiple teeth extracted or if you experience dental anxiety, then a stronger sedative can be administered. The discomfort after the extraction can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. If you eat soft foods, avoid foods that are hot or cold, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth for a few days you will also minimize your discomfort.
How much do teeth extractions cost?
The cost of tooth extraction varies depending on whether it is a simple extraction or an impacted tooth extraction. The type of anesthesia used will also affect the cost. Before the procedure, Dr. Cutting will consult with you and discuss the costs of your particular treatment so you know what to expect.
What are the signs of needing a tooth extracted?
One of the most common indicators that a tooth needs to be extracted is tooth or jaw pain, or swollen gums. Other signs include teeth that are loose, cracked or becoming gray in color. At Edgewater Dental Arts we will do what we can to save a natural tooth but in some cases it’s better to extract it to prevent further problems. This is especially true of wisdom teeth. Our state-of-the-art X-ray technology will allow Dr. Cutting to identify the problem tooth or teeth.
Are tooth extractions covered by insurance?
Insurance policies vary widely in what they cover and at what percentage. Tooth extractions are often covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. Before your procedure our Edgewater, MD team will work with you to verify what portion of the cost will be covered by your insurance. We offer flexible payment options to help you manage the cost of your care.