Do you need a tooth pulled? Dentists may recommend tooth extractions for a few reasons. Here's what you need to know about the various types of extractions (and tooth extraction costs with no dental insurance).
A tooth extraction costs between $250 and $800 depending on the type of tooth extraction you need, the dentist you visit and where you live.
Below is a cost comparison for each type of extraction without insurance and the tooth extraction cost with a savings plan when you see a general dentist.
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Do you need a lot of dental work done by an oral surgeon? Our Dental Access plan (powered by theAetna Dental Access network) provides 15-50% savings at surgeons, other specialists and general dentists. So we often recommend adding the Dental Access plan when you may need to see a specialist.
There are several types of extractions. These include:
Depending on the severity of the procedure you need, anesthesia and/or numbing medication may also be involved. Here is some more information about each extraction.
In a simple extraction, your dentist loosens surrounding gums to remove your tooth, grasping your tooth with forceps until it comes out. This procedure is typically done at a general dentist.
Your dentist will do a complex surgical extraction if there is no enamel showing above the gum line or if the tooth breaks off, leaving its roots still connected to the underlying bone.
Wisdom teeth (or "third molars") are usually removed at some point. Even if they are impacted, they can become infected from germs from adjacent teeth. And if they fully erupt, they can often cause overcrowding that can lead to pain and problems with your bite.
This type of extraction can vary from a straightforward removal with forceps of a fully erupted tooth to complex surgery for a bony impaction. Wisdom teeth removal is commonly done by an oral surgeon. Find cheap wisdom teeth removal near you.
Removal of impacted teeth can be necessary if a tooth has not fully erupted through the gum. Because a tooth that is impacted can eventually result in more serious dental health problems, dentists usually recommend extracting them sooner rather than later. The dentist will make an incision into the gums around the tooth, creating a flap and then remove the impacted tooth through the loosened flap. Some general dentists can perform an impacted tooth extraction but may refer you to an oral surgeon for this procedure.
What happens next depends on how much of the tooth remains above the bone. The extraction might be performed with the use of forceps as described above, or it could become more complicated. If the tooth is submerged below the bone or is lying on its side, the dentist must remove the surrounding bone to expose the tooth, then break it into pieces for easier removal.
At the time of extraction, your dentist might also, for an extra fee, take steps to prevent bone loss and atrophy of your jaw. This type of extraction is also usually done by an oral surgeon, but speak with your general dentist first to find out for sure.
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To maximize savings, see a qualified general dentist. However, listen to your dentist if he refers you to a specialist. Specialists have years of study in that particular area and you’ll still save with your plan at a specialist.
The cost of a tooth extraction with a dental savings plan is between $60 and $650 per tooth, depending on the type of extraction you need, where you live and the dentist you visit.
Many people who have no dental insurance opt to use dental savings plans like the Careington Care 500 Series plan to cut the cost of dental treatments, including tooth extractions.
The Careington Care 500 membership plan costs $99/year for one individual dental plan or $179/year for a family of 3 or more.
A general dentist or an oral surgeon can pull your tooth. Both have experience with extractions. Some will argue oral surgeons are better for this treatment. It all depends on the dentist. For complicated tooth extractions, an oral surgeon may be better suited to handle the treatment. Just remember extractions at a general dentist near you will cost less than an extraction at an oral surgeon, but it may be worth the extra cost and require fewer trips since they generally don't service as many patients as a general dentist.
With the Careington Care 500 plan mentioned above, you will receive 20% discount at an oral surgeon near you when you use the plan at an in-network provider. However, with the Dental Access dental savings plan, powered by the Aetna Dental Access Network, you'll save 15-50% at an in-network oral surgeon. Give us a call at 800-372-7615 to learn more.
At-home tooth extractions are highly discouraged. Regardless of its affordability, pulling your own tooth without proper training and tools can be very dangerous for you. It can end up causing you more pain and more expense in the long run, especially if you contract an infection from the extraction or break the tooth in the process.
There are affordable alternatives to dental insurance that can save you money on a tooth extraction at the dental office, as mentioned above.
Dentists recommend tooth extractions for several reasons:
If you're in severe pain, pulling a tooth may be the simplest, cheapest and quickest way to find tooth relief.
Your dentist may also recommend extraction if a damaged tooth cannot be fixed, or if fixing it is impractical (e.g. if it's extensively decayed below the gumline).
Impacted teeth can have a negative effect on your overall oral health if not extracted in a timely fashion.
Teeth that are extremely overcrowded can affect your ability to bite and chew properly.
Whatever the reason you need to get a tooth pulled, you can now enter your dentist's office armed with the knowledge you need to understand what's happening in your mouth.
If you have no dental insurance, find cheap tooth extractions near you by using money-saving resources like our dental savings plans. Online research, as well as inquiring at your dentist’s office, can provide you with valuable pointers that can make paying for your extractions much easier.
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