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Tooth Extraction | Salt Lake Dental Clinic | Scott Elder

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Tooth pain can be excruciating and oftentimes it can be difficult to assess whether you should have your tooth pulled or not. Your dentist will extract your tooth only as a last resort and will assess whether the tooth can be saved through a root canal, antibiotics, or other methods.

While having a tooth pulled is worrisome to most patients concerned with the cosmetic effects, it’s far better to remove the tooth rather than living with the pain or allowing the damaged tooth to affect your oral health.

When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Unless you are having an emergency, your dentist will perform a comprehensive exam and evaluation before recommending a tooth extraction. Here are a few reasons adults may have their teeth pulled:

Wisdom Teeth

Most adults only face a tooth extraction when they have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are sometimes impacted and more complicated extractions are usually performed by an oral surgeon. Your dentist can determine whether you need the help of a specialist to remove your wisdom teeth.

Damage To The Tooth

A cracked or diseased tooth, or one that has been damaged by trauma may require a tooth extraction. If your dentist cannot repair the damage or the tooth is causing extreme pain, requiring immediate relief, you may need to have your tooth removed.

Excessive Tooth Decay

Sometimes tooth decay is so severe that the traditional methods of filling cavities, crowns, and root canals will not save the tooth.

Overcrowding & Pre-Orthodontic Care

As kids lose their teeth and their secondary teeth come through, their jaws may be too small to accommodate the new teeth without crowding. Some orthodontists will require a tooth extraction for both children and adults before orthodontic correction. If your teeth are turned at odd angles, impacted, will affect the final bite and ability to chew, or for cosmetic reasons, you may need to schedule an extraction before getting braces or retainers.

Infection or Disease

You may have a severe infection or gum disease that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. In this case, the root of the tooth may be so damaged that it must be pulled.

Another reason you may require extraction is if you are undergoing chemotherapy or may have an organ transplant. Your doctor may determine that the risk of infection is too great, or that you need the extraction as a preventative measure to avoid immune system complications. In this case, your doctor and dentist will coordinate your care.

What Are The Signs You Need A Tooth Extraction or Emergency Extraction?

Always get an assessment and recommendation for a tooth extraction from an experienced dentist. However, you need to know what signs to look for that may signal that you need to have the tooth evaluated.

They are:

  • Severe pain
  • Pain that increases with pressure or chewing
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Swollen gums
  • Gum disease

Experiencing any one of these symptoms does not always mean that you must have your tooth pulled. There are other treatments that may alleviate these symptoms without requiring you to lose your tooth. If you are in severe pain or experienced trauma to your mouth, gums, or teeth, you should see a dentist as quickly as possible. You may be able to save your tooth or you may need to have an immediate emergency tooth extraction.

How Much Is A Tooth Extraction?

The final out-of-pocket cost for your tooth extraction will vary depending upon your insurance coverage, the reason for the extraction, or the complexity of the procedure and whether anesthesia is needed. A single tooth extraction may be as low as $150-$300 per tooth, whereas an impacted tooth may require general anesthesia and might run you from $800-$4,000.

How To Get Ready For A Tooth Extraction


First, consult with your dentist who will give you any specialized instructions for your procedure.

2-Get X-Rays

You will likely receive an X-ray.

3-Disclose Medical History and Medications

Be sure to tell your dentist about any medications you are taking, including vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs. Also, tell him about any health conditions and whether you take or will take an intravenous bone supplement called a bisphosphonate.

It is critical that you tell your dentist about your entire medical history and any conditions you have since bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your mouth. If you are in a higher risk category, your dentist may need to take extra precautions during your procedure.


You may be prescribed antibiotics in the days leading up to the procedure as a precaution. If you are, do not miss a dose.

Antibiotics are usually prescribed if:

  • You are going to have a long surgery or will be under anesthesia
  • You have an existing infection
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • For specific medical conditions

*Not every patient is prescribed antibiotics. Consult with your dentist.

5-Do’s and Don’ts


  • Tell your dentist if you have a cold or nausea or vomiting the day of or the night before
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt if you are going to receive an IV or anesthesia
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing
  • Have someone else drive you home


  • Smoke
  • Hide conditions or medications from your dentist
  • Drive yourself home

Are There Any Risks Of A Tooth Extraction?

With any medical procedure there are risks. However, the benefits of having your tooth pulled often outweighs the chance of complications.

You may experience:

  • Dry socket (when a blood clot does not form in the hole in the bone where the tooth has been extracted or is dislodged)
  • Bleeding that lasts longer than 12 hours
  • Infection with accompanying fever and chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cough
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath (seek emergency care)
  • Swelling and redness at the surgical site

How To Get Your Tooth Pulled In Salt Lake City|Same Day Tooth Extraction

Dr. Scott Elder at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic can help if you need to have a tooth extraction. His team is dedicated to preserving your natural teeth if possible, but Dr. Elder will assess your situation and determine the best course of action. If you need emergency dental care, our office is available for same day tooth extraction.

To schedule a tooth extraction in Salt Lake City, UT, call us at Salt Lake Dental Clinic at 801-278-7100.