Tooth Extraction Cost without Insurance

Several conditions can cause children to need a tooth extraction: damaged, loose, or chipped teeth; impacted wisdom teeth; tooth decay; gum disease and more.

For families that need tooth extraction services but don’t have insurance, it can be difficult to find out how much you’ll have to pay for this procedure.

At Kool Smiles, our kid-friendly dentists are here to help you get quality dental care at the most affordable price. Call us today at 254-781-0553 to schedule a no-cost consultation or talk to one of our professional staff members about the cost of tooth extraction without insurance.

3 Types of Tooth Extraction and Costs Without Insurance

Many families aren’t prepared for the cost of tooth extraction, which can get expensive if the need for a tooth removal procedure pops-up unexpectedly. The typical price of tooth extraction depends on the type of care needed and several other factors.

1. Non-Surgical Removal

For a tooth that has been loosened from the gum due to a facial injury or bump, surgery may not be required. Typical costs for non-surgical extraction are $75–$300 for each tooth. A non-surgical extraction may also be necessary for baby teeth that need to be removed. This is sometimes the case when adult teeth need to properly breakthrough the gumline, but don’t have the space to do so.

Emergency and weekend services generally have much higher costs, but many Kool Smiles offices have Saturday hours to ensure care is available when your child needs it.

2. Surgical Removal

For more severe cases of tooth extraction—perhaps ones involving a bacterial infection or severe decay—the national average cost is around $150–$650 or more, depending on whether your child needs local anesthesia or nitrous oxide to dull the pain.

For teeth that have been partially impacted, the price will likely cost more. Partial bony extraction without insurance averages around $334.

3. Wisdom Tooth Removal

Over time, a wisdom tooth can impact your child’s other teeth, causing discomfort, pain and risk of infection. Kool Smiles suggests taking an X-ray at your child’s next dental visit if you suspect their wisdom tooth is growing sideways. Wisdom tooth extraction can cost $75–$200 per tooth for a simple extraction; $225–$600 if the tooth is impacted; and $1,000–$3,000 to remove all four at once.

Please consult your dentist at the first sign of pain, or if you suspect your child’s tooth needs to be pulled.

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How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

Before you bring your child to Kool Smiles to have a tooth extracted, you can expect that your dentist will take X-rays to get the full view of your mouth and jaw structure. This will help your dentist evaluate a few important factors before deciding to remove the tooth, such as:

  • Checking other areas in the root structure to make sure nothing else will be complicated if a particular tooth is removed
  • The condition of the tooth before extraction
  • If any other treatment option is available before a tooth removal is absolutely necessary
  • The best extraction method depending on the location and position of the tooth
  • Unforeseen problems, like an infection or abscess near the tooth

Make sure that you disclose any important information with your dentist about medical history. For example: current illnesses, infections, weakened immune systems, and any other pre-existing conditions or medications should be disclosed fully before you undergo a tooth extraction procedure.

Also, make sure to follow any other instructions from your dentist in preparation for your tooth removal. If your child is scheduled for a wisdom tooth removal, most dentists recommend that patients do not consume any food or drink for at least 8–12 hours before surgery.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction

When you and your child arrive for a tooth extraction, the oral surgeon will first describe the next steps in detail and prepare your child for anesthesia. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area.

For a simple tooth extraction, a general dentist can perform the procedure since the tooth is visible and no surgical prep is needed to extract the tooth. A tooth removal procedure that requires surgery, like a wisdom tooth extraction, may require intravenous sedation on top of local anesthetic.

Once a tooth has been surgically removed, a typical timeline for the healing process looks like this:

  • Within the first 24 hours, blood clots should form.
  • After 2 or 3 days, the swelling should start to improve.
  • After a week has passed, self-dissolving stitches should begin to dissolve, while other stitches can be removed by a dentist.
  • Jaw stiffness and any leftover swelling symptoms should subside after 10 days.
  • Once 2 weeks have passed, any bruising should clear.

If you have concerns or feel as though your tooth extraction site is not healing as it should, contact your oral care specialist immediately.

What to Do After Having a Tooth Removed

After a tooth extraction, it’s common to experience some pain or discomfort. Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medications that will help ease these sensations, which will subside on their own within the first day or two after the procedure.

Here’s what to expect after tooth removal and some helpful tips on how to take proper care of the extraction site:

  • It’s normal for the area to bleed 24–48 hours after the removal, and it’s best to use gauze to stop the bleeding. The dentist will put gauze at the extraction site to stop any initial bleeding, as this will allow for a blood clot to form properly.
  • Gently bite down on the gauze pad to make sure that it is firmly in place and absorbs any blood that comes out of the tooth socket.
  • Change gauze pads regularly, typically every hour or whenever they become full with blood.
  • After the first few hours, gauze can be left in place for three to four hours.
  • Do not let your child go to sleep with gauze in their mouth.
  • Give your child the pain medication as outlined by your oral surgeon or dental provider.
  • Do not let your child use a straw or spit for at least 24 hours after a tooth is removed. These actions increase the risk of developing dry socket.
  • Apply ice for 10-minute intervals to reduce swelling after a tooth extraction.
  • Your child shouldn’t exercise or perform any strenuous activities after the procedure. It’s best to let them rest for the next 24 hours, and perhaps the next day as well, to start a healthy healing process.
  • Avoid rinsing the extraction area for 24 hours, as this could cause the blood clot to be disrupted or dislodged.
  • It’s OK to rinse the mouth after 24 hours has passed, but use a saltwater mixture that will help clean the tooth removal site and expedite the healing process. You can do this at home by mixing a cup of warm (not hot) water with half a teaspoon of salt.
  • You child shouldn’t drink or eat anything, especially hot foods and beverages, until the anesthetic wears off.
  • Don’t give your child solid foods for at least 24–48 hours after a tooth is removed. Try things like yogurt, soup, jello, mashed potatoes and other soft foods so that the extraction site won’t get irritated or infected.
  • Once the area begins to heal, it’s safe to slowly add solid foods back into their diet, but start by chewing on the opposite side of the extraction area.
  • Lying down in a completely flat position may cause more bleeding, so advise your child to sit with their head upward and use pillows for support if needed.
  • It’s still important to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing once each day. Avoid brushing directly over the extraction site, but make sure the rest of your mouth gets a good cleaning, so harmful bacteria is removed and you prevent infection.

Affordable Tooth Extraction Costs Without Insurance at Kool Smiles

The kid-friendly dentists at Kool Smiles accept cash, credit cards and CareCredit, which helps you pay for healthcare expenses without insurance. We can help you sign up for the CareCredit when you visit our offices.

If you do have dental coverage, we accept many different forms of insurance, including:

  • Medicaid
  • TRICARE
  • SCHIP
  • Private insurance

Furthermore, our no-cost consultations can help identify issues that go beyond your tooth extraction.

Find a Kool Smiles dentist near you or call 254-781-0553 for more information about tooth extraction payment options for your child.

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