At EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont, we do our best to try to save your natural tooth, because we understand that there’s no replacement quite like it. However, there are certain situations in which it’s better for your oral health if we remove teeth that increase your risk of losing other natural teeth. In these situations, we’ll likely suggest tooth extractions in Belmont, MA.
There are several reasons that you may require a tooth extraction, including:
If a portion of your tooth that needs to be removed is above the gumline, Dr. Salibian can conduct a simple extraction. First, he’ll inject a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel any pain. Using an instrument called an elevator, we will loosen the tooth until it breaks free from the socket. Then, we’ll use forceps to gently remove the tooth from your mouth.
Tooth extractions are often necessary to protect your oral health, but it’s important to make sure that they won’t break your budget. As such, you’ll want to confirm how much your tooth extraction will cost before you begin the procedure. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all price due to the different factors that need to be considered. Luckily, once Dr. Salibian and our team has examined your mouth, they can give you an estimate of the costs involved and go over your financial options.
The tooth extraction process can look very different for every patient. As such, the final cost can vary significantly and is very difficult to determine without a thorough examination of your mouth in its current state. Some of the most important factors we’ll need to take into account before we give you an estimate of how much tooth extraction will cost include:
More often than not, the answer is yes, dental insurance does indeed partially cover the cost of tooth extractions assuming that you’ve already met your deductible for the year. Most of the time, you can expect the coverage to be around 50%, as tooth extraction is typically considered a “major” dental procedure. Note that some insurance policies may have restrictions on their coverage for tooth extractions. They might only help pay for the removal of a certain number of teeth, or there might be a waiting period before your coverage actually takes effect.
We accept several different insurance plans, but many of our patients don’t have coverage. That’s why we also offer our Wellness Dental Access Plan. You can pay annually or monthly in exchange for steep discounts on many of our procedures. This lets you avoid many of the headaches that can come with insurance, such as deductibles. Also, we offer easy payment plans through CareCredit, a third-party financing company that lets you pay in monthly installments according to your budget. Get in touch with us to learn more about the financial options available to you when you choose our office for tooth extractions.
Since tooth extractions aren’t typically as routine as other treatments, like checkups and fillings, it’s natural for patients to have questions about this procedure. As always, our team is available to provide the specific answers you’re looking for at your initial appointment or, in some cases, over the phone. However, we know that some patients really value being able to do their research online first. For this reason, we’ve responded to a few of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions in Belmont right here!
Our Belmont dentist is proud to offer pain-free tooth extractions. Whether you are getting one tooth extracted or several, we will always start the procedure the same way: numbing your mouth and making sure you feel comfortable. Once you’re ready to get started, you may feel some slight pressure from our team working. If you’d feel more comfortable being sedated, we can make those accommodations as well.
In the hours and days following your appointment, you may feel some discomfort and soreness. Luckily, this isn’t anything that can’t be remedied with a cold compress or some OTC pain reliever. Just make sure to follow all of your post-op instructions to a tee. This will help ensure you have the smooth recovery experience you deserve.
The answer to this question will depend on each patient’s dental needs. For example, if a tooth has sustained extensive decay, then priority number one will be to preserve your natural tooth with a filling, dental crown, or root canal therapy. If the tooth in question has been compromised to the point where that is no longer feasible, then a tooth extraction is the only option. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns or simply want to review all of your available options, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist during your appointment! Remember, they are there to help you make an informed decision on what is best for your oral health.
Once the procedure is complete, you’ll be given a list of aftercare instructions. These are designed to help you prevent infection and heal comfortably. Some of the most important best practices are getting plenty of rest, keeping your mouth clean, sticking to soft foods, not spitting, and refraining from tobacco use. To keep discomfort at bay, you can place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time and take OTC pain relievers as instructed. Around the 3-day mark, you should begin to feel better.
Filling the gap in your smile following a tooth extraction is essential for both the look and function of your smile. For this reason, we will recommend a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants. While dental bridges can replace between one and 4 teeth, they need to be in a single row for this tooth-replacement solution. Partial and full dentures are a tried-and-true solution that can address moderate or severe tooth loss, but unfortunately cannot stimulate your jawbone to prevent bone loss. Fortunately, dental implants can effectively replace one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth. Since the implant posts are inserted directly into the jawbone, they are incredibly lifelike, extremely stable, and able to last for 20+ years with proper care.
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