How Much Is a Tooth Extraction?
No one wants to get a tooth extraction so many people do everything possible to try to avoid getting one. However, sometimes they’re unavoidable and when you’re in pain it can sometimes be tricky to decide where to go, what to do and what the best course of action to take is. In this post, you will learn more about what a tooth extraction is, why the treatment is sometimes necessary and how much a tooth extraction will cost at both a private and NHS dental practice.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extraction, due to infection, tooth decay, injury or cosmetic reasons and in some cases, the reason, such as an infection could turn into an emergency extraction.
In many cases, the best thing to do with an infected tooth is to extract it and this is the same for severe tooth decay or damage due to injury but it isn’t always necessary so make sure you visit a dentist if you think you might be experiencing any of these problems.
Here is a list of reasons why tooth extraction is sometimes the best course of action:
- Severe tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Impacted wisdom tooth
- Orthodontic reasons
- Fractured or broken teeth due to injury
- Malpositioned teeth
- To prepare for dentures or other cosmetic treatments
- Recurring problems.
How to get a tooth extraction
Some people choose to go straight to the emergency room with toothache, however, the staff in A&E aren’t qualified dentists, therefore, they can only do so much to help ease your pain. Going to the emergency room means they won’t be able to fix your problem or offer a tooth extraction but they will be able to assess you and provide pain relief if needed. You will then be referred to an emergency dentist and unfortunately, there could be long wait times for this depending on how many other patients are ahead of you and what emergency dentists are available.
Didsbury Dental Practice is a private dental surgery, offering 24-hour emergency care with flexible appointment times to suit you. Tooth extraction treatment at Didsbury Dental Practice is quick and simple. Book your appointment online and we will see you as soon as possible, with short wait times, friendly and highly experienced and dedicated staff in a welcoming practice.
Why you should go private for your tooth extraction
There are many benefits to going private, including better equipment due to different financial budgets and fewer patients so shorter wait times which also means your dentist can spend more time with you when you visit. You don’t already need to be a patient of ours to visit it for an emergency tooth extraction and all of our patients who decide to do this think it is worth it to go private due to the exemplary care they received.
Here is a list of reasons why you should choose to go private:
- Improved appointment availability
- Short wait times
- You have a choice of who you see (your preferred practitioner)
- Extended services such as cosmetic procedures and treatments
- Additional comfort and amenities due to more financial freedom
- Better technology and equipment
- Additional services and more time for individual patients.
Didsbury Dental Practice: why choose us?
It can be difficult to say how quickly you can get emergency treatment through an NHS dentist as they have a lot of patients, limited funding and are often understaffed. Sometimes you may be seen quickly, whereas other times you may not but there is no guarantee that you will be seen quickly.
At Didsbury Dental Practice, our emergency dental care service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including on Bank Holidays and Christmas Day, so we’re always there when you really need us.
Our team of dental professionals can provide treatment for any type of dental emergency: from severe toothache and tooth infections to broken teeth, lost fillings or gum inflammation. Didsbury Dental Practice has got you covered, at any time of day or night.
Dental emergencies can be very painful, so we offer out-of-hours treatment because we know that dental problems don’t always stick to 9.00 am to 12.00 am.
To book an emergency appointment with us, it is not necessary for you to be an existing patient at our practice. If you experience a dental emergency, simply call our dental emergency helpline on 0161 413 2509, or walk into our dental practice, and we will aim to see you as soon as possible, or you can always book an appointment online.
What will happen during your dental extraction?
Whether you choose to go private or with an NHS dentist, the procedure itself will be performed in the same way. There are several steps your dentist will take when performing a tooth extraction. It doesn’t take very long (depending on the severity of the problem) and don’t worry, you won’t feel any pain because a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area.
You may be given an x-ray to determine the state of the tooth within the socket but you will certainly be given a full examination which will help the dentist decide if an extraction is the best course of action. If it is, you will be given the numbing agent, the tooth will be loosened using special tooth extraction tools and then it will be removed.
After the tooth extraction, your mouth will feel numb for a few hours and the area will be tender and feel a little strange for around a week. Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions and advise that you eat soft foods, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol and still practice good oral care as normal.
How much is a tooth extraction?
The cost of a tooth extraction varies depending on whether you choose an NHS dentist or a private dentist. It also depends on which tooth you’re having removed because the removal of a wisdom tooth is often more expensive due to its complexity.
Here is a breakdown of the costs involved for both private and NHS dentists:
This means the cost to have a tooth extracted on the NHS is £65.20. This price will include the consultation and post-op check-up but not cover any other potential treatments that may be needed as a result, such as orthodontic care or tooth replacements.
Depending on the type of tooth extraction needed, you can expect to pay anything from £50 – £370 for a private tooth removal. This price will generally include all pre and post-treatment care. Still, it will also likely include additional support and dental options that the NHS cannot provide.
At Didsbury Dental Practice, our price for tooth extraction is £280. This price includes access to our 24/7 emergency care treatment and quick resolution of your discomfort thanks to our state-of-the-art equipment. We always ensure we stay price competitive as this is extremely important to us as we are committed to upgrading the level of dentistry care that people across the UK have access to.
For emergency wisdom tooth removal, this will cost:
- £70.70 on the NHS including consultation and post-op check-up
- £50 – £450 in a private dental practice, including consultation and post-op check-ups
- £200 – £450 at Didsbury Dental Practice including 24-hour access to emergency care.
Is toothache considered an emergency?
It can be difficult to know whether you need an emergency dental appointment if you need to go to A&E, a GP or visit a dentist as a regular check-up appointment. Here we have some answers on what to do when you experience toothache and what we consider to be an emergency.
It can be hard to know if the toothache is an emergency or not. If you have a minor toothache that isn’t stopping you from doing your day-to-day activities and you can still eat and drink then we wouldn’t consider this an emergency so book a general appointment with us to get it checked out.
If you have severe toothache where you are struggling to concentrate and manage your usual day-to-day tasks and you can’t eat or drink as normal, we would consider this to be an emergency. If in doubt, contact us for a quick phone conversation and we will help you to decide the best course of action.
Your first port of call with any toothache is to visit a dentist, however, if you are experiencing other symptoms that you don’t think are related to a tooth issue, you must visit your GP or the emergency room if your symptoms are severe.