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.
Today’s anesthetics are so effective that our patients frequently tell us how easy the procedure was for them.
In my experience ibuprofen products such as Advil or naproxen products such as Aleve are very effective to treat tooth extraction pain.
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.
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.
Most of our patients find that they can return to work the next day. More complicated extractions may take the weekend to heal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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