Our policy is to retain natural teeth whenever possible and extend their life through reconstructive treatments such as root canals and crowns. We can also extend the life of natural teeth by augmenting missing teeth with dental implants, to provide support and more even occlusion, reducing wear and tear on remaining teeth.
To determine the need for a dental extraction, we need a detailed preliminary evaluation, both clinical and radiographic, which will indicate characteristics of the case. If an extraction is determined to be necessary the cost may vary and will depend on the complexity of the case. Depending on the diagnosis, dental extractions can be classified as below.
Types of Dental Extractions
Less complex dental extractions are typically those indicated for orthodontic treatments or those teeth that do not represent a risk in the oral health of the patient, as well as the extraction of deciduous (baby) teeth. The most common reason for a tooth extraction is the existence of dental caries associated with an infectious process.
Dental extractions of medium complexity are those pieces whose presence compromises neighboring pieces, such as semi-impacted wisdom teeth. Other extractions of medium complexity include teeth that have suffered fractures or loss of the coronary portion, leaving only the root (root remnant). Other examples of extractions of medium complexity are those teeth that have lost bone support due to different systemic or local health conditions, teeth that have extensive infectious processes and dental pieces that have endodontics (root canals) that have failed. All of these are considered as cases of medium complexity.
Surgical Dental Extractions
Highly complex extractions are those teeth that have not erupted in the usual eruptive period, remaining inside the bone. Frequently, the most affected teeth are the third molars or wisdom teeth (impacted third molars) and the upper and premolar canines, which due to space problems during their eruption, failed to achieve their proper position. Due to the complexity these cases present, 3D tomographic imaging may be necessary prior to the procedure.
Dental Extraction Cost
Dental extractions have a different cost for each case, depending on the factors mentioned above. In all types of extraction, the general health situation of the patient, age and use of medications prescribed by the attending physician will be taken into account. In some cases fractured dental pieces or with old unfinished treatments, can be rehabilitated with crowns, veneers or inlays according to the current state of the piece.