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There are many causes of toothaches. If you are in severe pain, you may wonder:
In this article, we will list common reasons for emergency tooth extractions and what you can expect when having a tooth removed.
Your general dentist should be your first point of contact if possible. They will likely have time between scheduled appointments to provide emergency care. Alternatively, they may refer you to another dentist or oral surgeon.
If your regular dentist isn’t available, call an emergency dentist in your area. The dental office or referral specialist can help determine if your case is an emergency.
Depending on your location, you may not have any 24-hour emergency dentists nearby. Visit the nearest emergency room.
The most common reasons for emergency tooth extractions are:
Trauma to a tooth may result in it having to be extracted. Typical causes of dental trauma include:
Dental trauma often results in minor problems such as chipped or cracked teeth. However, more severe trauma may require an emergency tooth extraction, especially if it causes severe pain.
Infections are another common reason for emergency dental treatment. They occur when bacteria get inside the tooth or gum tissue.
Tooth decay is a common cause of dental infections. The bacteria that cause cavities can eventually make their way into the pulp at the tooth's center.
Broken or cracked teeth, impacted teeth, and failed root canals or fillings can also lead to bacterial infections. A non-salvageable tooth will have to be removed for your safety and health.
Contact a dentist if you have symptoms of a dental or gum infection, such as:
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need emergency dental care:
Contact your dentist immediately if you have any of the above symptoms. If they aren’t available, search for an emergency dentist in your area or visit an emergency room.
There are three types of emergency tooth extractions:
The procedure will vary depending on the condition and location of the affected teeth, your overall health, and the dentist or oral surgeon’s approach to treatment.
However, most emergency tooth extractions will follow the same steps:
The cost of an emergency tooth extraction will vary depending on the tooth's location, type of extraction, location of your dentist, and your dental insurance plan.
Here are the typical costs:
|Type of Extraction||Cost (per tooth)|
|Simple Extraction||$130 to $250|
|Surgical Extraction||$250 to $370|
|Wisdom Tooth Extraction||$300 to $500|
An injury or infection to a tooth can sometimes require emergency extraction. Your dentist may be able to perform an extraction, especially a simple (non-surgical) extraction. They can also refer you to an available oral surgeon for a same-day appointment.
However, sometimes dental emergencies happen outside of normal business hours. If you need to make an emergency appointment and your dentist isn’t available, look online for an emergency dentist in your area or contact a hospital.
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