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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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What To Know About Tooth Extractions

by Alfredo Moore

Dental extractions are far more common than you may realize. In fact, around 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 36 million have no teeth at all. There are a variety of reasons why a tooth may fall out or need to be extracted. Dental decay, injury, and illness can all lead to the need for removal. After removal, there are also plenty of options to restore your smile, including bridges, dentures, and tooth implants. If you are looking at tooth removal, here are three things that you should know about dental extractions.

The Cost

The first thing that you should be aware of when it comes to dental extractions is that costs can vary widely depending on your particular needs. Non-surgical extraction typically ranges in price from $75 to $300. In some cases, a surgical extraction is needed where anesthesia is used. This typically costs between $150 and $650. If the extraction is medically necessary, most dental insurance plans will cover between 70 and 80 percent of the related costs. It's important to consider the costs of extraction before undergoing this procedure.

Healing Time

Another thing to consider after a tooth extraction is the healing time. How long it will take to heal is dependent on various factors such as your overall health, the number of teeth extracted, and the type of extraction. With proper care after the extraction, you can expect the site to heal within 7 to 10 days. Following your dentist's aftercare instructions after your extraction is key to healing quickly. A painful condition called dry socket can develop if you do not follow these instructions. It's also important to eat soft foods in the days immediately after your tooth extraction.

Your Surrounding Teeth May Shift

Once a tooth has been extracted, new bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap left by the extracted tooth. Eventually, you may notice that your surrounding teeth start to shift toward this gap. This can lead to misalignment and other issues. In order to prevent this, a tooth replacement may be required. After a tooth extraction, you will want to discuss tooth replacement options with your dentist. Bridges, dentures, and tooth implants can help prevent this shift of your remaining teeth and also restore your smile.

Over time, decay, injury, and even illness can lead to the need for tooth removal. If tooth extraction is in your future, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First, costs can vary but tooth extractions typically cost a few hundred dollars. Healing time can also vary but most people are able to get back to their normal habits within 7 to 10 days. It's also important to note that your remaining teeth may shift after a dental extraction. Speak with your dentist for more details on your particular situation.