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Tooth Extractions – Lawrence, KS

Removing One Tooth
to Save the Rest

At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, we will do all we can to treat your teeth and remedy any dental maladies. In cases that require extractions, we will ensure the procedure is done with the utmost care, minimizing your discomfort, and maximizing your well-being. Our dentists have the necessary skills and experience to perform tooth extractions in Lawrence, KS.

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Why Choose Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence for Tooth Extractions?

About Tooth Extractions

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When a tooth is broken, cracked, or extensively decayed, it may be necessary to remove it. Other common reasons for extractions include creating space in the mouth in preparation for orthodontics or remedying excessive crowding when a tooth is unable to break through the gums. Likewise, a tooth with advanced stages of periodontal disease should be removed, as well as teeth that are poorly positioned or non-functional.

Because we are concerned about your long-term dental health, we typically recommend a replacement for an extracted tooth. Not replacing missing teeth may cause extra strain on surrounding teeth. This can create a snowball effect, causing undue damage to remaining teeth. Therefore, we often advise replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Surgical Dentistry

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At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, our dentists have pursued and undergone extensive training. As a result, we provide the Lawrence, Kansas and Douglas County area with the highest quality specialized surgical dentistry and tooth extractions. We provide baby teeth extractions for our pediatric patients, third molar extractions, and everything in between. We accomplish all of this by utilizing the most up-to-date instruments and techniques to minimize discomfort for our patients.

Though it seems odd to call a tooth removal an atraumatic extraction, this is the term for the techniques we use. Essentially, this means we use the newest state-of-the-art instruments with updated metallurgy to remove teeth without damaging the bone around the extraction site. This results in faster healing and bone preservation, allowing for future implant placement if needed.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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Between the ages of 17 and 25, your wisdom teeth (if you have any) should start to come in. These teeth are unnecessary for a functional smile, and they often need to be removed because of the damage they can cause to the rest of your teeth (which is usually a consequence of there not being enough room for them in the mouth). If there’s a young adult in your family who has not had their wisdom teeth removed yet, we’ll monitor their situation closely and let you know when action needs to be taken.

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Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

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Have you been told that you might need a tooth extraction? One of the most common things to wonder about is how much the treatment will cost. Since this is a major procedure and a huge investment, you’ll want to know if your wallet can handle the expenses. While we won’t be able to provide an estimate without an initial consultation, there are several things to consider that can impact the overall price. Read on to learn about the cost of tooth extraction in Lawrence as well as alternative financing options to help you make your procedure budget-friendly!

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

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Since every patient’s dental needs are unique, each treatment plan will be completely personalized, including the cost. Though the price will vary from person to person, here are several factors that can influence your overall expenses:

  • The number of teeth needing extraction: Getting one tooth pulled is much less expensive than having multiple ones removed.
  • The type and location of the tooth: Extracting a tooth that’s far back in your mouth may cost more to pull out than a front tooth.
  • The kind of extraction necessary: For a simple extraction, your dentist simply needs to pull out your tooth. An impacted extraction requires a minor oral surgery to access a tooth that hasn’t erupted completely, which can hike up the price.
  • The tooth-replacement solution you choose: Certain restorations like dental implants have a higher initial price than others, such as dentures or dental bridges.

 

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

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Tooth extractions are considered major dental procedures, so it’s common for dental insurance companies to offer about 50% coverage of the cost of treatment after meeting your annual deductible. However, since each policy is different for every patient, which may include limitations like a waiting period, it’s best to consult your provider for the details before committing to anything. You can also contact our friendly and knowledgeable team during this process, and we’ll be more than happy to help you navigate your insurance plan so that you can make the most of your benefits!

How to Make Tooth Extractions Affordable

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Don’t currently have dental insurance? That’s fine. Our practice is proud to offer alternative financing options to help reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. We are partnered with CareCredit—a third-party financier that can break up the cost of your dental treatment into smaller, more manageable monthly installments. On top of that, many of their plans come with little-to-no interest, allowing you to receive any necessary procedures stress-free! If this is something you think you can benefit from, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’ll be glad to discuss your payment options so that you can get your tooth extraction with no problems.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Want to know more about tooth extractions in Lawrence? Getting a tooth removed can seem a bit scary, but we are here to help! Calm your nerves by reading the answers to some frequently asked questions about tooth extractions below. If you want to know even more, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

What’s the Difference Between Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Tooth extractions and wisdom tooth surgery both involve pulling a tooth. However, there are important differences between the two procedures. One of the biggest (and most obvious) differences is that while wisdom tooth surgery is designed to remove the third and final set of molars, tooth extractions can remove any tooth that is severely damaged or causing overcrowding. Another difference is that wisdom tooth extractions are often a surgical procedure, since the third molars may be impacted or below the gumline.  

What Risks Are Involved with Tooth Extractions?

Fortunately, tooth extractions in Lawrence are considered to be extremely safe. With that being said, any oral surgery comes with some risks. With tooth extractions, the primary risk is infection, which can spread throughout your body if it isn’t handled swiftly. Another risk is dry socket, which occurs when a blood clot over the extraction site becomes dislodged. Dry socket can be painful and delay the recovery process significantly. To prevent infection, dry socket, and other issues, your dentist will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions, as well as a few common symptoms of infection to look out for.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

You may be tempted to avoid replacing a missing tooth if the empty space leftover is in the back of your mouth. After all, if no one can see it, why replace it? However, missing even one tooth can contribute to a bunch of problems. For instance, you may find that you have trouble pronouncing certain words or chewing on healthy foods. For these reasons and more, we recommend that once you are done healing, you schedule an appointment at our office to find a tooth replacement option that works for you.

Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?

We strongly recommend that you avoid smoking for at least five days after getting a tooth removed. If you can, abstaining from all tobacco products for two weeks is ideal. Cigars, cigarettes, and even e-cigarettes can delay the healing process. If you’ve had difficulty quitting in the past, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist in Lawrence. They aren’t interested in passing judgment; they just want to know so they can help you prepare in advance.

What Should I Do After My Tooth Extraction?

After getting a tooth removed, it’s important to return home and rest. Your body needs to heal and recover from the extraction procedure. Avoid strenuous activities, like working out, for the first 24 hours. To prevent dry socket, make sure to keep the gauze pad in place as instructed, stay hydrated, and avoid using a straw or spitting. In addition, you will need to adjust your diet and eat only soft foods, at least initially. Yogurt, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, and room-temperature soups, for example, are all safe to eat during this period. If you experience any swelling or discomfort, use a cold compress to number the area. You can also take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication as instructed by your dentist.

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