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Dental Extractions in Guelph

Tooth extraction is a common procedure that can be performed with very little pain or discomfort.
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In Need of a Tooth Extraction?

At Guelph Family Dental, our first priority is to treat your oral condition and avoid a tooth extraction at all costs. To this end, early detection is essential. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment at our dental office in Guelph at soon as possible if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe tooth pain.
  • Pain that worsens with pressure or chewing.
  • Jaw pain or stiffness.
  • Swollen gums around the tooth or teeth.
  • Signs of gum disease such as discoloration, bleeding, or a bad odor.

With early detection and expedient treatment methods, we may be able to save your tooth and prevent the need for extraction.

However, there are certain instances where tooth extraction is unavoidable. The following are a few of the most common:

  • Baby teeth that have trouble exfoliating on their own
  • Pain or an irreversible tooth infection
  • A broken tooth

If our doctors decide that dental extraction is necessary, there is no cause for alarm. With the help of local anesthetics and advanced, high-precision dental technology, tooth removal is a quick and relatively painless procedure.

How Tooth Extraction Works

A tooth extraction is a straightforward, routine dental procedure that is usually performed in a single visit.

Here’s how we go about it:

Numbing the Tooth

The first thing your doctor will do is apply a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue around the affected tooth. This deadens the tooth, ensuring that you feel very little discomfort during the removal.

Removing the Tooth

Using a special surgical tool, your doctor will begin loosening the tooth until it can be removed with very little resistance. If the tooth is badly decayed or broken below the gumline, the doctor may have to make a small incision in the gum tissue to fully remove the tooth. Because the tissue has been numbed, any incisions will cause little to no discomfort.

Cleaning and Aftercare

Once the tooth has been removed, your doctor will clean the empty socket to help prevent infection. Sometimes stitches are also required to ensure that the gum tissue heals properly.

Cost of a Dental Extraction in Guelph

With a typical insurance plan, a tooth removal usually costs about $100 — $200+ out of pocket. Without insurance, you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.

Keep in mind, no dental practice can give you an accurate quote over the phone. Because your treatment plan must be tailored to your specific needs, we can only give you an accurate quote after you schedule a visit to our Guelph dental office for an oral exam.

There are two broad categories that dental extractions fall under which may give you a better idea of what your extraction may cost and why:

Simple Tooth Extraction

A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. These can be performed by a general dentist, using local anesthesia. A simple extraction of an accessible tooth without complication would merit a lower cost estimate.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

A surgical extraction is a form of dental surgery, typically performed by an oral surgeon at a dental surgery center. This is a more complex procedure than a simple tooth extraction and involves the removal of a tooth that cannot easily be seen or reached, either because it has not fully erupted or it has broken off at the gum line. Because surgical tooth extraction requires a greater amount of consideration and care, it will cost more.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people believe wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. In reality, wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they become impacted or otherwise interfere with your jaw and teeth.
Thanks to modern dental techniques and equipment, tooth extractions are virtually painless. Many patients are surprised by how quick and easy the procedure actually is! Of course, some discomfort is to be expected, but we will provide you with aftercare instructions to help keep you as comfortable as possible during the quick healing process.
About an hour after your procedure, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours. Be sure to avoid hot foods and drinking from straws for several hours.
We will provide you with aftercare instructions specific to your needs at your appointment. Here are some general things you can do after a tooth extraction or dental surgery more generally to minimize the risk of complications and encourage a speedy recovery:
  • Avoid spitting, mouth rinsing, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking in the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
  • Don’t touch the extraction site with your finger or tongue.
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks.
  • Don’t take aspirin because it inhibits blood clotting.
  • Avoid physical activities and exercise.
For simple tooth removal, the recovery time is usually around 7 to 10 days. However, for more complex cases, such as surgical tooth extraction, or wisdom tooth removal, expect a recovery period of around 2 weeks. No matter the complexity of the procedure, you should feel very little discomfort during recovery.
Barring any unforeseen complications, expect a typical tooth extraction to take around 45 minutes or less.

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