When it comes to your teeth, it can often be an area for our body that we can take for granted. Not only do we use our mouths daily, for communicating, for eating and drinking, we can also be very fearful of visiting the dentist for regular checkups yet alone some of the more complicated treatments that may be needed. We all understand the importance of having insurance and how this can keep the costs considerably lower when it comes to health and procedures that may be needed, whether preventative or as an emergency. But our dental health can often be overlooked. There will be times in your life when a tooth will need to be removed. But do you truly understand the cost implication of this sort of procedure when you have no insurance? Here’s an overview.
What causes a tooth needing to be pulled?
Although adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, it is important for you to understand that you may get to a stage where a tooth is needing to be pulled. Tooth extraction isn’t always going to be the nicest of procedures, but there are some common reasons why you may find yourself at this point. It could be that a tooth is too badly damaged from a trauma to the mouth or from tooth decay. It might be caused because of an infection as sometimes tooth decay can travel to the root and also the nerves, which means that while the tooth isn’t necessarily too damaged, it still needs to be removed because it will be causing you pain and discomfort. Another common reason is that you mouth is overcrowded. Sometimes tooth removal is necessary for other orthodontic treatments. It is always important to keep up with good dental hygiene, even though some of these things can be unavoidable.
How quickly can it happen?
The process can be quick, and also pain free. During a tooth extraction, your dentist will initially inject the area with a local anesthetic. This will numb the area, enabling your dentist to remove the tooth without causing you further pain or discomfort. Sometimes it may not be as simple as removing the tooth, and this is when the process can take a little longer. It may require your dentist to not only perform the tooth removal procedure, but also cut into the gum to remove any roots and also check for any inflection that may have been lurking underneath.
How much can it cost without insurance?
Of course, all of that is fine if you are covered by insurance, but what if you don’t have any? Truth be told tooth extraction can cost anywhere from $50 up to $1100 depending on the length of the tooth removal procedure, the causes of it, and what else needs to be done in order to get your mouth and teeth right once more. It may be that you require multiple visits and checks, which can add to the price.
If you do need a tooth extraction then speak to your dentist first to try and gain an estimate of potential costs.