Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons:
- The tooth is broken too badly to restore with a filling or crown
- The tooth is infected and the patient chooses not to do a root canal
- The tooth needs to be removed because of overcrowding in the mouth
The cost for an extraction will vary based on whether the extraction is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
Simple Extraction: The doctor is able to loosen the tooth and pull it from the mouth in one piece.
Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction may be necessary if the tooth is broken off below the gum line or breaks into pieces during the extraction. The dentist will need to make a small incision into the gums and possibly also the bone around the tooth to be able to get the entire tooth out. A surgical extraction takes longer to recover from.