Tooth Extraction FAQ

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How Much Does A Tooth Extraction Cost?

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It is necessary to take an x-ray prior to tooth extraction. The fee for the x-ray is $25. The fee for a tooth extraction runs between $130 and $185 depending on the condition of the tooth.


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Are Tooth Extractions Painful?

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Today’s anesthetics are so effective that our patients frequently tell us how easy the procedure was for them.


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What Helps The Pain After A Tooth Extraction?

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In my experience ibuprofen products such as Advil or naproxen products such as Aleve are very effective to treat tooth extraction pain.


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How Long Does It Take For A Tooth Extraction Site To Close?

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While closure of the extraction site usually occurs in a few weeks, complete healing often takes a few months. We find that keeping the extraction site clean speeds healing.


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How Long Does A Tooth Extraction Procedure Take?

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From start to finish, the procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. Most of that time is spent waiting for the tooth to get numb. The extraction itself usually only takes a few minutes.


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How Long Should I Take Off Work After A Tooth Extraction?

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Most of our patients find that they can return to work the next day. More complicated extractions may take the weekend to heal.


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How Long Should I Wait To Eat After Getting A Tooth Pulled?

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Most of our patients are able to eat soft foods within a few hours of the extraction. You can eat more substantial foods the next day if you chew on the opposite side.


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What Foods Can I Eat After A Tooth Is Taken Out?

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Again, we recommend soft foods such as mashed potatoes or pudding the day of the extraction. The following day you can build up to normal foods.


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Can I Exercise After A Tooth Extraction?

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I don’t recommend exercise on the day of the extraction. The exercise would raise your heart rate and blood pressure which may cause bleeding at the extraction site.


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How Do I Recover Quickly From A Tooth Extraction?

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Probably the most important thing you can do to speed up your recovery is to keep the extraction site free of debris. Warm salt water rinses may help recovery.