Whether it’s to ease pain, treat decay, or prevent impact on other teeth - the prospect of having a tooth removed can be daunting. You may have some questions about the cost of tooth extraction in Australia, and the procedure involved. I get asked these all the time so I’ve answered the most common questions for you below.
How much does tooth extraction cost in Australia?
The cost of tooth extraction in NSW and Australia can vary from $75 to $3,000+, depending on the type of extraction and sedation required. Here at Cronulla Beach Dental, where we always do things diligently, tooth extraction starts at $220 for all teeth apart from the lower wisdoms. The cost to extract these starts at $300.
If you’re searching for broken tooth extraction cost Australia or surgical tooth extraction cost Australia, you may wonder why there’s so much price variation. The price of tooth extraction differs significantly because there are a number of different reasons for needing a tooth removed. These include:
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- Removing a tooth due to decay, gum disease or related pain
- Injuring, chipping or breaking your tooth in an accident
Each individual case will require different treatment and thus have different costs.
Simple vs surgical tooth extraction: What’s the difference?
When it comes to tooth removal, two main categories impact the dental extraction cost and procedure: Simple extraction or surgical extraction.
1. A simple extraction is typically performed when the tooth is visible and has a single root. It is commonly performed in cases such as tooth decay, damage, overcrowding caused by emerging wisdom teeth, or to create space for orthodontic treatment or dentures. In these extractions, your dentist will use a specialised instrument to loosen and remove the tooth with localised pain relief, often with minimal discomfort and a fast healing time.
2. A surgical extraction becomes necessary when the tooth is impacted, only partially erupted (partially or completely trapped beneath the gumline), or has multiple roots. It may be performed when there are broken or fractured teeth, the tooth has multiple or curved roots (like some wisdom teeth) or there has been prior dental work with complications. This procedure involves making a surgical incision in the gum to access the tooth. Surgical extractions are generally more complex and may require stitches and have a longer recovery period.
Health funds and Payment Plans
Dr Daley at Cronulla Beach Dental is dedicated to making you feel at ease at every stage of your dental treatment - especially when it comes to finances. If you have private health insurance or dental insurance, a significant portion of the procedure may be covered depending on the type of extraction required. We also have payment plans available, to ensure you don’t have to delay any dental care.
This includes Afterpay, which allows you to split your dental bill into four interest-free instalments, and Humm, which allows you to repay treatment costs up to $30,000 over time and is 100% interest-free.
When and why are tooth extractions needed?
There are several reasons tooth extractions can be needed. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Severe tooth decay: If a tooth is significantly decayed beyond the point of repair with alternatives such as fillings, crowns or root canal treatment - extraction may be the best course of action to prevent further spread of decay and protect overall oral health.
- Orthodontic treatment: Certain orthodontic treatments like braces may require the extraction of one or more teeth to ease overcrowding and create space for proper alignment.
- Advanced gum disease: If gum disease has progressed to its most severe stage, tooth removal may be the best option if supporting structures of the teeth such as the jawbone and gums are compromised.
- Impacted teeth: Teeth that are unable to erupt properly - often wisdom teeth - may require extraction to prevent further damage to neighbouring teeth.
- Pre-procedure extraction: Tooth removal may be required before having dentures or other prosthetic solutions fitted.
Tooth removal is often considered as a last resort, when there are no other options. In some cases, tooth damage or decay alternatives can include fillings, crowns, or root canal treatment. For gum disease, periodontal treatments such as deep cleaning, antibiotics or gum surgery can be effective alternatives.
Your dental professional will work with you to find the best solution for your unique needs. If you’re wondering if you require tooth extraction, get in touch to discuss your options to achieve the healthiest smile possible.
What sedation options are available?
If the thought of tooth removal makes you wince, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are a number of sedation options available to ensure your procedure and recovery are as smooth and pain-free as possible.
Here at Cronulla Beach Dental, we’re dedicated to making anxiety-free dentist visits not just a dream but a reality. While local anaesthesia is used for all our treatments, you also have the choice of sedation.
IV sedation, which is administered by a medical doctor and requires advanced booking, can be provided for tooth extractions. Depending on your level of dental anxiety, sleep dentistry can be tailored to best suit your needs.
An alternative to IV sedation is anti-anxiety medication. This is taken orally one hour before your appointment and helps you to feel calm during your treatment.
What happens after I get my tooth removed?
Your specific aftercare routine will depend on the type of tooth extraction required, and I’ll go over this with you in detail during your appointment.
As a general rule, adequate aftercare following a tooth extraction is essential for minimising complications and promoting the best healing and results. Aftercare protocols may include:
- Gentle gauze placement to help control bleeding
- Applying an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your cheek to help reduce swelling and discomfort
- Sticking to soft, cool foods for the first few days following your procedure
- Avoiding strenuous exercise to prevent excessive bleeding and achieve the best results possible
- Over the counter (OTC) pain medication
So as you can see there are many reasons tooth extraction may be required, and the cost of removal will depend on the specific requirements of your unique case. If you suspect tooth removal may be required or are experiencing pain or unusual oral symptoms - it’s crucial to consult a dental professional to ensure you receive the best care and prevent further damage to your oral or overall health.
Whatever your woe, we’re here to ensure you receive the most comprehensive dental treatment with up-to-the-minute technology, meticulous technique and traditional, long-term commitment to your care. Get in touch or book your appointment today.