Tooth Extractions – Fort Worth, TX

Removing Painful & Severely Damaged Teeth

While our top priority is preserving your complete smile at all costs, in some cases, we need to extract teeth that are severely cracked or broken beyond repair, or that are causing you pain. If you need tooth extractions, our team can work closely with you to rebuild your smile by securing a dental implant crown, bridge, or denture within the mouth to re-complete your arch of teeth. That way, you don’t have to go any longer than necessary without a complete set of pearly whites.

Why Choose Periodontal Associates of Fort Worth for Tooth Extractions?

  • Same or Next-Day Emergency Dental Appointments
  • Board-Certified Periodontist with 20+ Years Experience
  • In-Network with Most Major Dental Insurances

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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  • Severe decay has compromised the tooth’s structure beyond the point of repair.
  • A dental fracture has extended to the root of a tooth and can’t be repaired, risking infection.
  • A tooth is impacted below the gumline, leading to an increased risk of orthodontic issues, infection, and cavities.
  • Advanced gum disease has led to the deterioration of the supportive bone and tissues surrounding teeth, causing one or more to become loose.
  • Crowding needs to be addressed by removing teeth in order to achieve the best results from orthodontic treatment.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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The need for a tooth extraction will be based off of a thorough evaluation conducted by Dr. Almasri and our team. After determining that a tooth can’t be repaired or treated, we’ll outline the process of removing it for you so you know exactly what to expect. Dr. Almasri likes to take time answering his patients’ questions and addressing any concerns they may have before moving forward with any procedures so they can feel confident and comfortable in doing so.

Once you consent to a tooth extraction, we’ll prepare your mouth by administering any necessary sedation or local anesthetic to numb the area. The instruments we’ll use to remove the tooth are a pair of dental forceps and an elevator. The elevator will lift the tooth out of its socket, making it easy to wiggle out of the gumline and loose from any connecting tissues using the forceps. Afterward, we’ll close the gums and allow it to heal.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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Before your tooth extraction, we’ll provide you with more in-depth post-operative instructions so you can prepare for the healing part of your procedure. We recommend following these aftercare tips:

  • Maintain a soft diet to prevent food from getting lodged in the sockets.
  • Take any prescribed medications as directed, which could include antibiotics or pain medication.
  • Don’t drink through a straw, as this could lead to dry socket.
  • Avoid exercising or any strenuous activity for the following two to three days to prevent additional post-operative bleeding and discomfort.
  • Reduce any swelling by placing a cold compress on the cheek for 10 minutes at a time, making sure to remove it for 10 minutes as well.
  • Get plenty of rest, being sure to slightly raise your head above your heart to prevent a blood clot from forming.
  • Keep the extraction site clean by gently rinsing your mouth with a salt water mixture four times a day, being sure to not spit it out, but let it fall out of your mouth and into the sink.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions  

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Tooth extractions can be stressful for any patient, and worrying about what the treatment is going to cost only adds to that anxiety. That’s why, in addition to making you completely comfortable during treatment, we ensure that payment is also painless.

If you want to know more about what tooth extractions are likely to cost, here’s some information to help you.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost  

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Unfortunately, it isn’t necessarily possible to tell you beforehand precisely what a tooth extraction is likely to cost, as there are several variables that can affect the price of care in one way or another. The more complex treatments tend to have a higher price point, so extracting more than one tooth and the state of the teeth being removed have a lot to do with what the procedures will cost.

Then there’s what comes after, i.e. how you’re going to replace the tooth. Whether you wind up going with a dental implant, denture, or bridge will affect what the whole operation will run you.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions? 

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Tooth extractions are only done when they’re considered to be medically necessary. As a result, dental insurance is likely to cover at least a portion of the treatment, often around 50% of what the overall procedure costs.

Of course, we’ll take the time to help you coordinate with your dental plan beforehand to ensure that you get the benefits you need.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable 

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However, some patients may not have insurance, but still need a tooth extraction. That’s why we have other options available to you in order to help you get the care that you deserve.

We accept financing through Cherry, which can allow you to divide the cost of your care across several monthly payments. That being the case, you can afford the care that you need even if you don’t think that you can get the money together all at once.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

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Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

Some patients can often be tempted to hold off on getting a tooth extraction if their dentist recommends it, especially because they are concerned about discomfort. However, by undergoing this procedure with our team, you can be sure to experience a pain-free process. Not only will we completely numb your mouth with a local anesthetic, but we can even provide you with sedation dentistry to further minimize any discomfort while keeping you entirely relaxed throughout your visit.

That said, it is normal to feel some mild soreness after your procedure, but this should be short-lived and can be managed with pain relievers and a cold compress. If you notice any issues or indications of an infection, like swelling or a fever, notify us right away for help.

What’s the Recovery for Tooth Extraction Like?

Once you’ve undergone your procedure, our team will give you specific aftercare instructions on how to take care of your mouth while you recover, that way you have a smoother experience returning to oral health. Of course, one of the most important things is to allow the blood clot to form around the surgical site. If this doesn’t occur properly, you can risk developing dry socket, which can make you vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Make sure to keep your mouth clean by brushing, flossing, and rinsing within three days of your appointment—so long as the blood clot has formed and you don’t disturb your healing process.

Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?

You should absolutely avoid smoking after undergoing a tooth extraction. Whether you use cigars, cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, doing so can potentially ruin your recovery and increase your chance of developing an infection in your extraction site. While quitting this habit altogether would benefit you greatly, we recommend that you at least avoid smoking for five days after your surgery. If you need help avoiding these products, feel free to consult our team to get the support and resources you need to make this easier for you.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

If you’re getting a wisdom tooth extracted, then you might not require a tooth replacement after your procedure. However, your other pearly whites will be essential not only for smiling but also for your other daily oral habits, such as eating and talking. Even by missing one tooth, enunciating certain words or chewing food properly can become quite difficult. Without replacing your extracted tooth, you can run the risk of experiencing issues like malnutrition, indigestion, or developing a lisp when you speak. That’s why, once you’ve healed completely, our team will likely recommend getting a tooth replacement, such as a dental implant.