Are you discouraged by the rising costs of dental care? If you’ve ever gone to the dentist, you know: Dental care is not cheap.
Everyone knows that going to the dentist is important for overall health, but that doesn’t mean everyone can afford it. Many people dread going to the dentist so much that they resort to pulling their own tooth when they have a toothache.
If you’ve ever wondered how hard it would be to pull your own tooth when treating a toothache, you need to understand the possible consequences of at-home tooth extractions and consider: Is pulling your own tooth economically smart or is it dangerous?
Can I Pull My Own Tooth?
Toothaches are irritating, especially when they refuse to go away on their own, but they often point to a much deeper issue, such as an infection.
Here’s the issue with DIY tooth extractions: Regardless of its affordability, pulling a tooth without the proper training and tools can be very dangerous and end up causing more pain and costing even more money in the long run. You risk making an infection worse, breaking the tooth in pieces or damaging the bone that holds the tooth in place.
For these reasons, dentists highly discourage pulling a tooth at home. But contrary to what some think, it’s not just because they want to make money off you. After all, it’s better to land yourself in the dental chair than in the hospital for a dental emergency where you’ll pay much more!
How Can I Afford a Tooth Extraction?
If a tooth is causing you pain from infection or appears loose, a professional tooth extraction is the wisest option for relief. There are several affordable options you can turn to that will fix the problem:
Many dental offices will allow payment plans that let you split the cost of a procedure into multiple payments over time. Over the course of the plan, you’ll still need to pay the full price, but you’ll have more time to get the money to pay it.
If your dentist doesn’t offer any payment plan options, consider signing up for CareCredit, which is a credit card to help you break up medical and dental costs over time so you can manage payments better.
Many areas have local dental clinics that can offer discounted dental care to those who can’t afford to pay full price. A lot of these clinics operate on a sliding scale that determines the price paid by an individual’s income.
Dental Savings Plans
Dental savings plans are a cheap alternative to dental insurance. For a very low monthly price or yearly cost, you can save between 15 and 60% off tooth extractions and other dental services.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost with a Dental Savings Plan?
We’ve experienced firsthand the high cost of dental care in America. That’s why we believe in dental savings plans and their ability to save individuals and families money on the dental work they need.
Below is a table of tooth extractions costs without a dental plan or dental insurance and costs with a dental savings plan. This is an average put together from across the U.S. To see exact savings in your area, see our list of treatments and costs on our website.
|Tooth Extraction Type||Cost w/o
|Cost w/ Dental Savings Plan|
|Simple extraction (ADA code 7140)||$269||$73|
|Surgical extraction of erupted tooth (ADA code 7210)||$404||$179|
|Removal of impacted tooth – soft tissue (ADA code 7220)||$444||$155|
|Removal of partially bony impacted tooth (ADA code 7230)||$556||$199|
|Removal of completely bony impacted tooth (ADA code 7240)||$682||$261|
|Surgical removal of residual roots (ADA code 7250)||$437||$144|
|Tooth Extraction Type|
|Cost w/o Insurance||Cost w/ Dental Savings Plan|
|Simple extraction (ADA code 7140)|
|Surgical extraction of erupted tooth (ADA code 7210)|
|Removal of impacted tooth – soft tissue (ADA code 7220)|
|Removal of partially bony impacted tooth (ADA code 7230)|
|Removal of completely bony impacted tooth (ADA code 7240)|
|Surgical removal of residual roots (ADA code 7250)|
So How Much Do These Plans Cost?
Our plan options are as follows:
Maybe you’re looking at all of this, thinking, “That’s a pretty great price. What’s the catch?” or you’re looking at it, thinking, “That’s still expensive; there’s no way I can afford that.” Let me try to address both concerns here:
1. “That’s a great price. What’s the catch?”
No catch. We have thousands of members nationwide who use our plan – along with most of our employees. They have each seen time and time again how much you can save at the dentist with a dental savings plan.
Dentists like these plans, too, because they get paid upfront for the work they’re doing for their patients and don’t have to worry about filing paperwork and claims’ forms, waiting on dental insurance providers to pay them the money for the services rendered.
If you’re considering trying a dental savings plan, take a look at the annual and multi-year options (found at checkout) to get an even better deal on your membership.
2. “That’s still expensive; there is no way I can afford that.”
We understand. Let us break down the costs for you a bit.
If you purchase a plan for yourself at $9.95/month + the $30 non-refundable processing fee, your total for this first month will be $39.95.
Then, say you go to the dentist that same month and need a simple tooth extraction (plus the traditional x-ray and exam they’ll do before the extraction). Your total cost for the month (including what you paid for your plan) would be $152.95.
|Total Cost of Professional Tooth Extraction with a Dental Savings Plan|
|$27 exam + $13 x-ray + $73 simple extraction + $9.95/monthly plan + $30 non-refundable processing fee||$152.95|
Your dentist may also be able to set up a payment plan for you that you can pay over several months. And if that’s not available, you may want to consider CareCredit, as mentioned earlier.
Say, instead, you decide to pull your own tooth but you aren’t able to get the entire tooth when you pull it out. You might instead see the following expenses…
You pull your tooth (for free) but leave some residual roots. To prevent infection, you need to visit a dentist for surgery.
When you visit the dentist, they’ll do an oral exam of the tooth and a tooth extraction. That would bring your total cost without insurance to $606 (with the customary exam and x-ray fee that’s needed) OR your total cost with our plan to $224, plus the extra pain experienced from improperly pulling your own tooth and the potential infection your surrounding teeth might experience.
|DIY Tooth Extraction Cost|
|Total Cost with No Insurance|
|$128 exam + $41 x-ray + $437 surgical removal of residual roots||$606|
|Total Cost with Dental Savings Plan|
|$27 exam + $13 x-ray + $144 surgical removal of residual roots + $9.95/monthly plan + $30 non-refundable processing fee||$224|
Though getting a tooth pulled can be very costly, leaving an infected tooth alone can be detrimental to your overall health. At-home tooth extraction is not recommended, as it is painful and dangerous. The best option is always to seek professional dental care at a dentist near you. Getting something to help cut costs, like a dental savings plan, can also make regular cleanings more affordable and prevent future extractions, fillings and other dental problems from happening.
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