Tooth Extractions – Lynchburg ,VA
Doing What’s Necessary for Your Smile’s Health
At Peery & Woolwine Family Dentistry, we do our best to handle every problem with conservative treatment. If at all possible, we save a natural tooth through root canal therapy or other procedures, but sometimes, extraction is the only viable choice in order to keep the rest of your smile healthy. If we recommend removing a tooth, you can be sure that we will explain our reasons clearly so that you feel comfortable moving forward.
Why Choose Peery & Woolwine Family Dentistry
for Tooth Extractions?
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation Offered
- Friendly, Caring Dental Professionals
- Dental Emergencies Welcome
Why Would a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?
There are several scenarios in which extraction may be the best treatment option, including the following:
- A severely broken or injured tooth cannot be salvaged.
- Advanced tooth decay has left insufficient healthy structure to support a dental crown and will likely spread to other teeth if the tooth is left in place.
- Overcrowded teeth are interfering with orthodontic treatment.
- Improperly erupted teeth are likely to develop an infection.
As previously mentioned, our dentists will consider all conservative treatment options before resorting to extraction. If needed, we offer several replacement options, including dental implants, to restore your smile to full health and appearance after tooth loss.
What Is the Aftercare for Extractions?
At Peery & Woolwine Family Dentistry, we walk our patients through every step of the process, ensuring that they are completely comfortable. If you undergo an extraction with us, we will provide you with specific instructions for taking care of the site after the procedure, but below are just some of the things you need to do to heal properly:
- Keep gauze on the site for a few hours following the procedure.
- Use a cold compress to manage the swelling.
- Allow a clot to form over the treatment site and do not remove it.
- Avoid using a straw or making sucking motions because this could dislodge the clot and lead to an infection called dry socket.
- Eat soft foods for a few days, slowly building back up to your normal diet.
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater to keep the site clean and avoid it when you brush your remaining teeth.
- Contact our Lynchburg office if you experience a fever or severe pain that lasts more than a few days.
How Much Do Tooth Extractions Cost?
Wondering how much your tooth extraction in Lynchburg will cost you? There isn’t a set price for tooth extractions because of how many variables there are to consider. When you see us for your consultation, we’ll evaluate your unique situation and look at factors like where the tooth is in your mouth and your insurance coverage. From there, we can give you a personalized estimate and review all your payment options. Taking care of your oral health by removing that problematic tooth may be much more affordable than you think! Keep reading to learn more about the cost of tooth extractions.
Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost
The cost of removing a tooth can vary widely from one patient to another, so we won’t be able to give you an estimate until we’ve evaluated you. Once we’ve examine your tooth, we’ll have a better understanding of all the factors that will influence the price of your tooth extraction, including the following:
- The size and shape of the tooth in need of removal
- The location of the problematic tooth in your mouth
- The number of teeth that need to be extracted
Additionally, it’s also important to consider the cost of replacing the tooth after its extraction. Even if you’re having a back tooth removed that you can’t see, restoring your complete smile is important for many reasons. Untreated tooth loss allows teeth to shift out of place, which can cause bite problems and increase your risk of oral health issues. We’re proud to offer a variety of tooth replacement options here at our office, and we’ll be happy to review your options and their potential costs.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?
Dental insurance coverage is generally split up into the different categories of services. A tooth extraction is often labeled as a “major restoration or procedure” which will usually earn it around 50% coverage. However, it’s important to know that your plan may have specific stipulations about how many teeth in a certain timeframe your insurance will cover extracting. Plus, your benefits will only kick in once you’ve met your deductive and before you’ve reached your annual maximum.
Every dental insurance policy is slightly different, so make sure to review the details of your plan or contact your insurance provider to get a better idea of your coverage. Additionally, our knowledgeable front desk staff would be happy to help maximize your benefits. We are in-network with several major PPO insurances, including Anthem, Metlife, Cigna, and many more.
Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable
Dental insurance isn’t your only option for an affordable tooth extraction. Uninsured patients may be interested in applying for CareCredit financing. This service allows you to break up the cost of your treatment into monthly installments over a longer period of time. Most of these payment plans even come with little to no interest!