What is a tooth extraction / removal?
A tooth extraction involves the entire removal of a tooth and used to be one of the most frequently performed dental procedures in the past. Nowadays, most dental diseases can fortunately be treated by consistent preventative measures and modern treatment methods which, in most cases, can save already...
A tooth extraction involves the entire removal of a tooth and used to be one of the most frequently performed dental procedures in the past. Nowadays, most dental diseases can fortunately be treated by consistent preventative measures and modern treatment methods which, in most cases, can save already damaged teeth from needing an extraction.
The first step of a dental extraction encompasses the diagnosis of the shape of the tooth roots to determine their exact positions. Afterwards, the dentist performs the actual extraction via special forceps. Alternative tooth removal methods that can be applied depending on the nature of their roots include twisting, tilting, and levering. In cases involving not fully grown out teeth (e.g., impacted wisdom teeth), dentists may decide that surgical removal is the best possible option. In the course of such a surgery, the dentist cuts an access point through the gums to reach the tooth and then pulls it out of the jawbone. At the end of the procedure, the dentist cleans the empty alveole (dental socket) and inserts a wool wad to stop the bleeding. Afterwards, a blood clot forms inside of the empty dental socket and closes it off while accelerating the healing process.
When do I need a tooth extraction / removal?
Thanks to the achievements of modern dental medicine, tooth extractions have been relegated to the very back of a dentist’s repertoire. Nevertheless, such a procedure may still become necessary if specific conditions are met:
* Significant Tooth Decay – If a large part of a tooth has been damaged severely by caries, normal treatment methods may not be enough to save it and an extraction may become the last resort
* Inflamed Tooth Roots – If the roots of a tooth have too many curvatures, a normal root canal procedure may not be enough to clean them properly and, thus, an extraction may become necessary
* Loose Teeth due to Periodontosis – Periodontosis in a very advanced stage can sometimes only be combatted via tooth extraction
* Dental Emergency – Remnants of broken and/or knocked out teeth have to be removed to eliminate the risk of decay
* Tooth Misalignments – In most cases involving dental misalignments, a small jaw is the cause of the problem and it can often only be resolved via a targeted tooth extraction to create more room for the remaining teeth
* Wisdom Teeth – Extraction is often the only viable option to prevent future complications – especially in cases involving impacted wisdom teeth
How much does a tooth extraction / removal cost?
The costs of a tooth extraction depend directly on the extraction method used:
* Extraction with local anesthesia: roughly € 40
* Surgical extraction: roughly € 100
Though in most cases governmental insurance covers the costs of a tooth extraction, the exact reimbursement amount (and associated patient out-of-pocket cost) is dependent on individual patients’ insurance carriers. If necessary, a patient can purchase supplemental dental insurance to lower any applicable out-of-pocket expenses.
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