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Tooth Extractions – Midlothian, TX

When a Tooth Has to Go

We want you to be able to enjoy your full, natural smile for the rest of your life, but sometimes, this simply isn’t an option. When tooth extractions in Midlothian, TX are necessary, Dr. Nguyen and the rest of our caring team will be here to guide you through it. We’ll also help you consider the pros and cons of dental implants and other forms of tooth replacement. Get in touch with Legacy Dentistry today and let us find the best way to save your smile.

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Why Choose Legacy Dentistry for Tooth Extractions?

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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Below are three of the most common reasons why our emergency dentist in Midlothian will recommend a tooth extraction:

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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The process of removing a tooth depends on several important factors, including the location of the tooth. However, one of the biggest influences on what your treatment will look like depends on if the tooth is above or below your gumline. If it’s above your gumline, then one of our highly experienced and gentle dentists will carefully rock the tooth loose before pulling it out. If it’s underneath the gumline, then they will need to first create a small incision in the gums. Then, they can gently remove the tooth. Since the first step of the entire treatment process in both cases is to thoroughly numb your mouth, you won’t feel anything during your time in the treatment chair.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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Before you leave our office, we will provide you with aftercare instructions to help you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. Here are a few of our recommendations:

If you have further questions about tooth extractions – from what to expect during the treatment to how much it costs – don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Midlothian dental team.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

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If you’ve been informed that you need a tooth extraction, it’s natural to wonder about the cost. This is a more complex procedure so it can be an investment, and you want to be sure that you can budget for the amount due. Because everyone’s situation is unique, we can’t provide you with an accurate estimate until you have your consultation with one of our dentists. Then, we’ll walk you through the process and anticipated pricing in detail so that you’re fully informed before you move forward with treatment.

Continue reading below to learn more about how the cost is calculated and feel free to contact us for additional information.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

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How much you owe for your tooth extraction depends on several different factors, such as:

  • The type of extraction required. A simple extraction involves numbing the area and then physically pulling your tooth with specialized instruments like forceps. If your tooth is only partially erupted, however, it may require a surgical extraction that requires an incision to properly access it. The latter takes longer and requires additional supplies, so it tends to cost more.
  • The location of the tooth. Teeth in the front of your mouth are easily accessible and require less time and effort for your dentist than those located in the back of your mouth so they’re generally less expensive to remove.
  • The number of teeth. Removing several teeth inevitably increases the final amount owed.
  • Type of replacement. The different kinds of restorations to rebuild your smile (dental implants, bridges, and dentures) are priced differently and can impact the overall amount.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

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Typically, dental insurance policies contribute to about 50% of the cost of your extractions once your deductible is met. Each plan is different, however, so it’s important to know what’s included in yours. Also, some policies include various restrictions. For example, they might only cover a certain number of teeth or have a waiting period that must be completed before they kick in. You can contact your provider for the details of what they pay, or you can call our friendly staff for assistance. We’re familiar with many policies and are happy to help you maximize your benefits.

How to Make Tooth Extractions Affordable

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If you don’t have insurance and are concerned that you might not be able to afford your extraction, don’t lose hope! We believe that everyone deserves top-quality dental care and don’t want your budget to keep you from the services you need. As a result, we have other ways to help make your procedure more affordable, including:

  • Flexible financing. We’ve partnered with 3rd party lenders like CareCredit, LendingClub, and Green Sky that allow you to break your invoice down into more manageable monthly installments. If you need help applying, our office staff is more than happy to help you.
  • In-house memberships. We offer memberships onsite at different price points so that you can select an option that works for your wallet. They start immediately, have no waiting periods, and include discounts of 10% to 25% on procedures completed at our practice.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?

Often enough, there are options besides a tooth extraction. Dentists even prefer these other choices - they let you keep your natural teeth. Still, whether they’ll work for you depends on your tooth’s underlying issue.


For example, say your tooth suffers from extensive decay. A root canal treatment may help in that case. Through this option, a dentist removes your infected pulp without sacrificing any of your teeth. The root canal process saves your tooth and keeps it in place.


All that said, there’s a good chance the alternatives won’t suit you. Your dentist would likely have suggested them first if they were viable. Once dentists recommend a tooth extraction, that treatment is usually the only choice remaining.


Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

You may think leaving a smile gap alone is okay, even when the extracted tooth is toward the back of the mouth. However, doing so really isn’t a good idea.


You see, an untreated smile gap has adverse effects on your body. A major one is that it makes chewing hard, raising your risk of poor nutrition and indigestion. Another is how the gap may cause issues with talking and lead to a lisp. Worse yet, this space can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and cause your other teeth to tilt. You’d then be in danger of further tooth loss and similar issues.


Given these facts, you should see your dentist for a tooth replacement option. Schedule a visit with them once your mouth heals from the extraction.


What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

Several options exist for tooth replacement; which is right for you will depend on how many teeth you have (or had) extracted.


One restoration you could consider is the dental bridge. Using two dental crowns fused to a pontic (i.e., an artificial tooth), this device replaces one to four adjacent teeth after anchoring to nearby pearly whites. That said, it would require the dentist to alter the “abutments” (i.e., the nearby teeth.)


There’s also the option of getting dentures. These appliances can replace multiple teeth throughout your mouth or even an entire arch. In either case, they consist of a gum-colored base and sets of custom-made prosthetic teeth.


Lastly, you could choose dental implants – the best tooth replacement choice. These posts are customized, durable, and long-lasting with proper care. They’re also the only solution that’ll preserve your jawbone.


Of course, your decision will ultimately be up to you and your dentist.


How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?

Your preparation for tooth extraction is as crucial as how you handle the aftercare. So, make sure to follow the tips below. They are:


  • Ask Questions – Ahead of the extraction, ask your dentist about any questions you still have. These may relate to what you should bring to the visit, what to eat the morning of, etc.
  • Follow Instructions – If the dentist has any specific instructions, follow them. That includes taking any medication prescribed.
  • Arrange Travel – You’ll likely be woozy from anesthesia after your extraction. So, arrange for a trusted adult to drive you home from our office.


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