Tooth Extractions – Sterling Heights, MI

Safe, Comfortable Procedures for a Healthier Smile

Dr. Michael Young believes in providing dental patients with thorough examinations to narrow down the possibilities of treatment. Using advanced dental services and technology, if we are unable to conclude that a root canal or other method of restorative dentistry will adequately treat a severely damaged or infected tooth, we may be required to remove it. With safe and effective solutions, we make sure every individual has a pain-free experience. Contact us to schedule your appointment with our emergency dentist for tooth extractions at our Sterling Heights, MI dental office today.

Why Choose Forever Young Dentistry of Sterling Heights for Tooth Extractions?

  • Associate Dentist with Sedation Experience
  • High-Quality Tooth Replacement Options
  • Gentle & Caring Dental Team By Your Side

Tooth Extractions

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There are many reasons you or a loved one may need to have a tooth extracted. There are two different types of tooth extractions that we offer at Forever Young Dentistry of Sterling Heights: wisdom teeth extractions and any other type of tooth extraction that involves regular teeth. When you are having a tooth extracted, you will want a dentist who is qualified and has experienced staff. Our team fits that mold and does tooth extractions regularly, making them extremely practiced in the field.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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If you are between the ages of 16 to 25, you are at the prime age for having your wisdom teeth come in and needing them to be removed. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but some may not need to be removed or they may not come in at all.

We have an associate dentist on staff who can remove wisdom teeth using sedation, or we will send you to a trusted outside specialist. Once we determine that you need your wisdom teeth removed, we will plan your extraction appointment.

Why We Extract
Regular Teeth

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Generally, it's because they're non-restorable due to the amount of decay. However, we also extract normal teeth for other reasons, all of which will benefit you! Some of these include facial trauma, gum disease that has loosened the tooth, your mouth being too crowded, orthodontic treatment preparation, and a baby tooth that is out of position.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions 

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No one wants a tooth extraction, but sometimes they are needed to preserve the health of the rest of your smile. We won’t be able to confirm the exact cost of your tooth extraction until we see you in person and examine your smile. In the meantime, here are some things for you to take into consideration. 

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

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It is very difficult to determine the cost of a tooth extraction until our team has been able to assess the area. Here are the main factors that are used to determine the cost:

  • Number of Teeth: If you are having multiple teeth extracted, the cost will be higher than just a single tooth extraction.
  • Complexity of Treatment: The more complicated the extraction, the longer it will take and the higher the cost will be. For instance, extraction and impacted tooth cost more than a single extraction because it’s more complex.
  • Tooth Replacement: If the tooth you are having extracted needs to be replaced, you should also consider the cost of your tooth replacement.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

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A tooth extraction is considered to be a major treatment, so it is common for dental insurance to cover around 50% of your procedure after your deductible has been met. However, there could be limits in place that only cover a certain number of teeth. There could also be a waiting period before the coverage kicks in. Each plan is different, so it is best to confirm this with your insurance company first. Our team is also happy to help you with this process.

Other Options for Making Tooth Extractions Affordable 

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If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you will be left completely on your own. With our in-house membership plan, you and your family can still receive high-quality, affordable dentistry. We also accept payments through CareCredit and Proceed – third-party financing companies that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. To learn more about your financial options or where you can apply, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly team members.

To find out the exact amount of your treatment, schedule an appointment with us. We are eager to help you work toward a healthier smile!

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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What’s the Difference Between Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Yes, both standard extraction and wisdom tooth surgery pull teeth. However, the two procedures are still distinct from each other.


Firstly, they differ in which teeth they remove. Wisdom tooth surgery (per its name) only pulls the third molars. (This removal is often done to avoid overcrowding.) In contrast, tooth extractions can remove any damaged tooth.


Furthermore, the two services differ in type. Wisdom tooth removal is often surgical, involving areas below the gumline. Meanwhile, standard extractions are usually simple. They don’t require surgery and can be performed easily.


How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?

In reality, how you prepare for a tooth extraction is crucial. What you do before treatment is just as relevant as the aftercare.


For starters, mention any questions you have to your dentist. You might ask them what to bring, what to eat before treatment, etc. That way, you’ll start the procedure on the right foot. You won’t have to worry about unexpected variables that cause delays.


Similarly, make travel arrangements before the extraction. The treatment anesthesia will leave you groggy for a while. As such, you’ll want a trusted adult to drive you home afterward.


Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

Technically, yes – you can leave the space empty after tooth extraction. That said, this approach is strongly discouraged. You’re better off filling the space with a replacement tooth.


You see, your teeth do more than form a pretty grin. They’re crucial to eating and speaking as well. If just one tooth is missing, you’ll likely suffer from poor nutrition, indigestion, or both. Worse yet, a smile gap toward the front of your mouth can cause a lisp.


Given these facts, you should get a restoration once you’ve healed from an extraction. Your dentist can even help you find a suitable option that works for you.


What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?

Following a tooth extraction, you’ll need time to heal. (Your mouth can’t recover from a lost tooth immediately.) That said, there are ways to speed up the healing process. These include the following:


  • Focus on Resting – For 24 hours after the extraction, don’t exercise or do anything strenuous. Also, make sure to keep your head elevated.
  • Keep Gauze in Place – Leave the gauze placed by your dentist alone. That way, the blood clot can form smoothly. (Don’t touch the wound with your tongue or hands.)
  • Avoid Irritants – Try not to irritate the treatment site. In particular, avoid things like mouthwash and acidic foods.
  • Manage Symptoms – Place a cold compress on your cheek to reduce facial swelling. You can also take pain relievers approved by your dentist.