If you are in severe tooth pain please call Dr. Ripplinger at 208-994-2113.

Why Might Your Dentist Suggest the Extraction of a Damaged Tooth

Although the thought of losing a tooth is very disconcerting for many patients it is sometimes in the patient's best interest to extract a tooth.  The dentist will make every effort to repair a tooth or at least save the tooth structure with a root canal and crown, however, there are several reasons the dentist may suggest the tooth be removed.

There are instances when complicating factors make a root canal infeasible.  If the tooth is damaged because of extensive decay, cracked, or broken beyond repair, it may be more practical to remove the tooth.  If the area supporting the tooth has had extensive periodontal (gum) disease to the point the tooth is loose, the tooth may need to be extracted.

If the tooth does need to be removed your dentist will usually suggest a tooth replacement option such as a dental implant, bridge, or partial dentures.  If the tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth may begin to shift into the space, disrupting the patients bite and often making it more difficult to clean. 

What Does a Tooth Extraction Involve?

If the tooth area has become extremely infected the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.  The dentist will numb the area and offer nitrous oxide for your comfort.  The dentist will rock the tooth back and forth to increase the size of the socket.  You may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain.  If the tooth is firmly anchored or the tooth roots are so curved the tooth will not come out, the dentist may cut the tooth into sections.  This is a common procedure and will make the extraction easier and faster.  Once the tooth is removed the dentist will clean and put pressure on the site and check for any complications. 

Care Following the Extraction of Teeth

The extraction of a tooth leaves a wound in your mouth. A clean wound, when covered by a clot, heals quickly with very little pain or discomfort. There are many things you can do to facilitate the healing process.  See "Home Care Following Tooth Extraction" for helpful instructions and possible complications.

How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?

A simple tooth extraction generally costs around $100-150.  If the extraction becomes surgical is will cost around $200-250.  You will need x-rays and an exam prior to the extraction which cost $25-87 and $57-65 respectively.