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Dental Extractions in San Diego

Whether you need a routine tooth extraction or a more intricate dental surgical procedure, tooth removal is a frequently performed process that typically involves minimal pain or discomfort.
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Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

There are numerous reasons why a tooth extraction might become necessary, which include, but are not restricted to:

  1. Removing baby teeth that are not shedding naturally.
  2. Extracting teeth as part of orthodontic treatment.
  3. Addressing tooth pain or infection through extraction.
  4. Removing a fractured tooth.

However, it’s important to note that tooth extraction may not be the sole solution. If you are currently experiencing tooth pain, there may still be an opportunity to provide swift relief while preserving your tooth. Early detection is paramount.

Please inform us if you are encountering any of the following symptoms:

  1. Intense toothache.
  2. Pain that exacerbates with pressure or chewing.
  3. Jaw pain or stiffness.
  4. Swelling in the gum area around the affected tooth or teeth.
  5. Indications of gum disease such as discolouration, bleeding, or a foul odour.

The Treatment Plan

A tooth extraction procedure is typically conducted by a dentist or an oral surgeon and typically involves a single office appointment. Here is an overview of the steps involved in the process, starting from assessing whether tooth removal is the appropriate course of action for you, through the actual extraction, and concluding with post-extraction care:

Looking for Solutions

Prior to any tooth extraction, our dentists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and engage in a discussion regarding your available options. This comprehensive assessment is aimed at determining the most suitable course of action for both your well-being and the health of your teeth.

The Removal Process

Depending on the dentist’s and patient’s preferences, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the specific areas where the tooth extraction will take place. Additionally, sedation options are available if deemed necessary. Our oral surgeons employ a minimally invasive approach to ensure the gentlest possible tooth removal. Ensuring your comfort and a speedy recovery is our utmost priority.

Feeling Better

After your tooth extraction, you’ll receive comprehensive aftercare instructions. These instructions will cover essential topics such as how to properly care for your healing mouth, what to expect during the recovery process, and what steps to take in case you encounter any complications. Our priority is your well-being, and we’re more than happy to schedule a follow-up appointment if you have any additional concerns or questions. Your comfort and a smooth recovery are our primary focus throughout this process.

Cost Of A Dental Extraction In San Diego

The cost of tooth extraction may vary depending on several factors. With a typical insurance plan, a tooth removal commonly costs about $100 — $200+ out of pocket. We would be happy to provide you with a quote in advance to submit to your insurance provider to find out what your out-of-pocket costs would be. Without insurance, you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.

No dental practice can give you an accurate quote over the phone because your treatment plan must be tailored to your specific needs and can only be determined after 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. A surgical tooth extraction, requiring a great amount of consideration, delicate care, and expertise will come at a greater cost.

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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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