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Tooth Extractions – Copperas Cove, TX

Making Extractions Stress-Free

When our experts at Cove Choice Dental have a choice, they’ll always take the option that lets you keep all of your natural teeth. Sadly, this won’t always be the case; there are times where extraction is the only real option we have. But not to worry; with a combination of local anesthetic and sedation dentistry, you’ll feel practically nothing during the treatment, and we’ll begin the process of helping you find a suitable replacement right away. Call us today to learn more about our straightforward, stress-free approach to tooth extractions in Copperas Cove, TX.

Why Choose Cove Choice Dental for Tooth Extractions?

Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

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Tooth extraction is a last resort that is only recommended in specific situations, such as the following:

How Tooth Extractions Work

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During a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with an instrument called an elevator. We can then gently rock it back and forth with forceps until it comes out. In cases where a surgical approach is required, some gum and bone tissue will have to be removed, and the tooth itself may need to be divided in order to be removed safely. During either type of extraction, your mouth is numbed so that you won’t experience discomfort. (You can expect soreness afterwards, but it can be controlled through medication and will wear off in time.)

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions 

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The cost of tooth extractions depends on a few factors. During your consultation, we will be able to discuss specific numbers. Most patients can afford their tooth extractions without too much stress. We make the financial aspect of your care even easier by offering convenient payment options. For example, we are happy to accept most types of dental insurance. We also work with CareCredit to provide low-interest payment plans.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost 

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The cost of your tooth extraction procedure may depend on a number of factors:

  • The type and location of the tooth that must be removed. Some teeth are more challenging to remove than others. Therefore, they may incur higher fees.
  • The number of teeth that need to be removed. Logically, it costs more to get several teeth extracted than to get just one removed.
  • The overall complexity of the case. Some patients have complicating factors that make their case more challenging and more expensive.
  • Additional care. Sedation during your extraction has a separate price than the tooth removal procedure itself. After your tooth is removed, we may encourage you to get a dental implant or bridge, which could add significantly to the total cost of your care (but save you money in the long run by protecting your oral health).

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

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Yes, dental insurance usually does cover tooth extractions. Simple extractions are often 80% covered, while surgical extractions might be just 50% covered. Our team is happy to accept most policies, so be sure to ask us how we can help you maximize your benefits. We will also assist you as you use your policy to make sure all the necessary forms get filed in a timely manner. We will always be upfront with you about the portion of the bill that will come out of your pocket.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable

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In addition to insurance, there are a couple of provisions that might make it easier for you to afford your procedure:

  • CareCredit is third-party lender that provides low-interest and no-interest payment plans for dental and medical services. The application process is fast, and most patients are approved for a monthly payment amount that works with their personal budget.
  • If you have a dental emergency, you can get a limited exam for only $65. After that, you will be well-informed about your situation and be able to make a confident decision about whether you should get a tooth removed.

Would you like to learn more about tooth extractions and their cost? Get in touch with our team today to ask questions or book a consultation. We are eager to speak with you!

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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No matter how experienced or comfortable you are with dental care, the prospect of a tooth extraction may still make you a little bit nervous. You might have questions about what the treatment will entail, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about anything you’d like to know before removing the tooth.

We get all kinds of questions from our patients, so if you want to learn more about tooth extractions, here are answers to some of the ones that we get the most often.

Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?

At Cove Choice Dental, we believe in conservative dentistry. We want to preserve your natural teeth just as much as you do, so we wouldn’t typically recommend a tooth extraction unless it was completely necessary.

There are other treatments, like root canal therapy, that can deal with severely infected teeth. In the case of gum disease, you may also benefit from gum disease treatment. However, in some cases, a tooth extraction is the only way to restore your oral health to a decent condition.

What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

Some people are tempted to just leave a gap in their smile once their tooth has been removed, but we would strongly recommend against this. Even missing a single tooth may make it a little bit difficult to eat and could cause other teeth to move out of position.

For that reason, we will usually pair a tooth extraction with some method of replacing it. If you’ve only removed a few teeth, a dental bridge or dental implant may be able to help you. If you need to replace most or all of the teeth you have on a given ridge, dentures or implant dentures may be a better choice. In either case, we’ll be happy to talk to you about all the options available to you when we meet in person.

Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?

Smoking damages gum tissue and prevents blood circulation in the mouth. Taking a drag of a cigarette also creates negative pressure in the mouth, which can pull the emerging clot out of place. For these reasons, we strongly recommend against smoking in the days after a tooth extraction.

While quitting smoking entirely is obviously the best thing you can do, it’s recommended that you refrain for at least two weeks after your procedure. If you think you’ll have trouble quitting, talk to us and we can recommend options that may be able to help you.

How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?

Before the tooth extraction we’ll take the time to talk to you about any questions you may have. This is an essential part of being fully prepared for the treatment, so don’t be shy at your consultation.

We’ll also talk to you about any medications you’re taking in order to make sure that anesthetics won’t be a problem for you. You should also plan to have someone drive you home after your treatment, as it’s common to be groggy after the procedure.

We’ll be sure to give you more detailed instructions when we meet you, so be sure to follow them if you want to be prepared.

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