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Tooth Extractions – West Seneca, NY

When a Tooth Has to Go


Seeing a patient lose a natural tooth will never be our first choice, but there are specific circumstances where removing a tooth now will be better for your overall oral health in the long run. The extractions performed at Applegate Dental are safe, comfortable, and efficient, and we can help you explore tooth replacement options so that you don’t have to live with a gap in your smile for long. Call us today if you think you might have a tooth that is doing more harm than good inside your mouth. We'll discuss your options, including tooth extractions in West Seneca, NY.

Why Choose Applegate Dental for Tooth Extractions?

  • In-House Dental Implant Placement
  • Sedation for Comfortable Procedures
  • High Quality Bridges and Dentures

Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Animated smile with impacted wisdom tooth

Tooth extraction is only ever recommended as a form of treatment when there’s no other way to prevent a serious oral health issue. Such circumstances might include:

  • Severe decay or damage that is beyond the point of repair
  • Crowded teeth that are complicating a potential orthodontic procedure
  • Making room for dentures or partial dentures
  • Teeth that are unable to erupt properly in the mouth
  • Wisdom teeth that have become trapped under the gums
  • Baby teeth that do not fall out on their own

How Tooth Extractions Work

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

If the tooth has fully erupted from the gums, the extraction process should be a simple one (although ideally the tooth will be pulled as soon as possible before it fully fuses with supportive structures). We can use a metal tool to hold the tooth and shift the roots back and forth until we work it free from the socket. If this approach isn’t possible, we can surgically remove any gum or bone tissue that is in the way in order to remove the tooth.

Understanding the Cost of Tooth Extractions

a piggy bank with money crammed into the top

Prior to undergoing a procedure like tooth extraction, you may wonder how much this treatment will cost. We won’t be able to give you an accurate estimate until we examine your mouth, but as soon as we do, we can go through the financial details of your case. Regardless of your situation, our team is happy to work with you and your budget, making treatment affordable and less stressful on your wallet.

Factors That Can Affect Tooth Extraction Cost

Although all extractions have the same final result—a removed tooth—the cost of the procedure will vary on a case-by-case basis because of the following factors:

  • How many teeth are being taken out: Obviously, the cost will rise as the number of teeth being extracted increases.
  • The type of extraction: While some teeth can be rocked back and forth until they come loose, others may still be underneath the gums, requiring surgical removal, which costs more.
  • Location in the mouth: The front teeth tend to be much easier and faster to take out, and molars are more challenging and expensive.
  • The type of tooth replacement you may need: In most cases, extracted teeth need to be replaced, and the treatment you choose, whether it be a bridge, denture, or dental implant, will come with its own cost.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

Although some variation may exist between individual policies, most dental insurance plans will pay for a portion of the overall cost of extractions. Usually this amount is about 50 percent of the total, which significantly reduces your out-of-pocket cost. When we determine that extraction is necessary, our front desk team can do more research into your policy to see how we might be able to save you money by maximizing your coverage.

How to Make Tooth Extractions Affordable 

Regardless of your insurance or lack thereof, you may not have the funds to pay for your extractions completely upfront. In these kinds of situations, we accept payment through CareCredit, a financier that allows you to pay for treatment over time in smaller monthly payments instead of a one-lump sum. If necessary, we can guide you through the application process, so you can afford treatment without or without insurance’s help.