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Tooth Extractions – New Lenox, IL

Tooth Removal That Protects Your Smile

a woman rubbing her cheeks from painOf course, our dentists will always try to save your teeth if they can. It’s much better to keep a natural tooth than to lose one. Still, there are times when a pearly white can’t be salvaged. We have to perform tooth extractions for those severe cases. This option removes your problem teeth smoothly and without pain. If you’d like, we’ll gladly explain more about how it works; simply read on to learn the details. Otherwise, please book a consultation visit soon.

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions are Necessary

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A dentist will never perform a tooth extraction lightly. This procedure is a last resort, done when there's no other choice. Dental teams would rather save your teeth with root canals or dental crowns. After all, these natural parts of your mouth are the best tools for biting, chewing, and smiling.


Given the facts above, a tooth extraction is only necessary in dire situations. We may suggest this treatment if you suffer from any of the following:


  • A tooth with an inoperable cavity
  • A rapidly-spreading tooth infection
  • Broken teeth that can’t be put back together
  • Loss of the bone needed to support a tooth


The Process of Removing a Tooth

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At your consultation visit, our dentists will assess how (and whether) to extract your tooth. The procedure will be simple or complex based on your needs.


If the affected tooth is visible, we’ll perform a simple extraction. This approach removes your pearly white after numbing the problem area. To be exact, our dentists will use forceps to rock your tooth back and forth until it separates from your gums.


You’ll need a complex extraction if the tooth hasn’t fully erupted. In that case, we’ll make an incision in your gums after the treatment site is numb. Our dental team will then divide and remove the tooth in sections to reduce bone loss. Lastly, we’ll conclude treatment by sewing up the incision.


Once the extraction is over, our dentists will start planning how to replace the missing tooth. Doing so ensures you won’t suffer from long-term tooth loss.


Tooth Extraction Aftercare

dental forceps holding an extracted tooth

Teeth aren’t meant to be removed, so you’ll need time to recover from your extraction. The treatment site will feel sore as it heals from the removal. Still, our team can help you through the recovery process. We’ll give you good post-op instructions to make healing easier. These include things like:


  • About 24 hours after the extraction, clean the treatment site with a saltwater rinse
  • Don’t drink from a straw, as its suction can dislodge your blood clot
  • Avoid smoking and spitting, as these habits delay the healing process
  • Try to manage your discomfort with store-bought pain relievers
  • Don’t chew near the extraction site while it heals


By using the tips above, you’ll recover nicely from treatment. You can then consider some possible tooth replacements. Restoration work would restore your smile, strengthen your bite, and more.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions  

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Tooth extractions can be a saving grace for people who are dealing with an uncomfortable tooth, and for many of these patients, their procedure can’t come soon enough. That being the case, you might not want to get bogged down in the financial aspect of your dental care.

For that reason, we endeavor to make paying for your tooth extraction as painless as every other part of the process. We’ll give you a complete estimate for what care will cost when we meet you in person, but here’s what you should know before then.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost  

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Determining the precise cost of a tooth extraction hinges on a thorough assessment by our dental team. Various factors contribute to the final amount, including the type and location of the tooth (or teeth) involved. Complexity plays a significant role, distinguishing between simple extractions and more intricate procedures, potentially requiring specialist intervention. Additionally, consideration must be given to post-extraction treatment, such as dental implants or bridges. Each of these variables influences the overall cost, emphasizing the necessity of personalized evaluation before determining financial commitments.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions? 

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Typically, dental insurance policies cover around 50% of tooth extraction costs, including those for wisdom teeth, post-deductible. However, coverage may be subject to limitations, such as a cap on the number of teeth or a waiting period before benefits apply. Given the variability among plans, it's prudent to consult your insurer for specifics. Our team is adept at navigating insurance intricacies and can assist you in understanding your coverage to ensure optimal financial planning.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable 

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Even if you don’t have insurance, there are still options available to you to help you afford the care you’re interested in. For one, you can join our Smile Saver Club; for a flat annual fee you can receive a substantial discount on necessary care you receive from us, as well as a host of complimentary preventive services.

We also frequently work with financing firms like CareCredit, which can be used to split the cost of your dental care across several months. If you want to learn more, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk to you about the financial services available to you.