Tooth Extraction: Cost, Procedure, Risks, and Recovery

Feb 28, 2024

As dentists, we always try to save the tooth. However, tooth extraction is sometimes necessary. If a tooth is damaged beyond repair, infected beyond saving, or poses a significant risk to your health, extraction may be the best course of action.

Of course, the decision of whether to save or extract a tooth will depend on the specific situation and your dentist’s professional judgement. We will discuss all your options with you and consider your individual needs and preferences before making a recommendation.

Think you need a tooth extraction? At Ageless Smiles Dental Centre we’ll work with you to decide whether we can save the tooth or take it out.

At Ageless Smiles, we understand that tooth extraction can be a scary idea, and understanding the associated costs, procedures, and recovery process can ease the stress. This guide aims to address your concerns and provide clear information. 

Cost of Tooth Extraction in Australia

The cost of tooth extraction in Australia can vary significantly depending on several factors, including:

Complexity of the procedure: Simple extractions, involving visible teeth, are generally less expensive than surgical extractions requiring incisions and bone removal.

Location of the tooth: Wisdom teeth extractions are often more complex due to their position.

Dentist’s experience and location: Costs can vary between different practices and regions.

Here’s a general breakdown of costs in QLD

Extraction Type Cost Range (AUD) Description
Simple Extraction (Front Tooth) $179 – $291 Removal of a visible, non-impacted front tooth.
Simple Extraction (Back Tooth) $198 – $595 Removal of a visible, non-impacted back tooth. Price may vary depending on complexity.
Surgical Extraction (Impacted Tooth) $299 – $4,000+ Removal of an impacted or deeply embedded tooth, requiring an incision in the gum and bone. Price varies significantly based on complexity.


Remember that these are estimates, and the exact cost will be determined after a consultation with your dentist at Ageless Smiles Dental Centre. We offer transparent pricing and will provide a detailed cost breakdown before proceeding with any treatment.

Tooth Extraction Procedure Types

A tooth extraction might sound scary, but your dentist will do everything to make it a smooth experience. Here’s a breakdown of what happens during the two main types of extractions:

Simple Extraction

Imagine getting a shot at the dentist’s office. This is a local anaesthetic, numbing the area around your teeth so you won’t feel any pain. Once numb, your dentist uses special tools to gently loosen the tooth in its socket. When it’s loose enough, they’ll carefully remove it. In most cases of simple extractions, stitches won’t be necessary, but your dentist will let you know if they are needed to help the area heal properly.

Surgical Extraction

Sometimes, a tooth might be broken, impacted (stuck), or deeply rooted, making a simple extraction impossible. In these cases, your dentist will perform a surgical extraction. This involves making a small incision in your gum tissue to access the tooth and potentially removing some bone around it. Once they have a clear view and access, they’ll loosen and remove the tooth, similar to a simple extraction. Stitches are typically used after surgical extractions to help close the wound and promote healing.

Tooth Extraction Side Effects

While tooth extraction is a safe and common procedure, there’s always a chance of experiencing some minor side effects or risks. It’s important to be aware of these possibilities beforehand, but remember that they are relatively uncommon. Here’s a breakdown of some potential risks:


This is the most common concern after any extraction, but your dentist will take steps to minimise the risk. Following their after-care instructions carefully, like maintaining good oral hygiene and taking any prescribed antibiotics, is crucial to prevent infection.


Some bleeding is expected after an extraction, especially during the first 24 hours. However, excessive or prolonged bleeding is uncommon and should be reported to your dentist immediately.


It’s normal for the extraction site to swell slightly after the procedure. This usually peaks within 2–3 days and gradually subsides. Applying a cold compress to the area can help reduce swelling.


You can expect some discomfort after an extraction, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication as recommended by your dentist.

Damage to Surrounding Teeth or Nerves

While rare, there’s a slight possibility that the instruments used during the extraction might accidentally nick a nearby tooth or nerve. This can cause temporary discomfort or numbness, but these typically resolve on their own.

Remember, these are just potential risks, and most people experience a smooth recovery after tooth extraction. However, it’s crucial to communicate any concerns you have with your dentist before the procedure. We can address your specific situation and provide detailed information about the risks and benefits involved.

Tooth Extraction Recovery

After a tooth extraction, it’s normal to experience some swelling, discomfort, and slight bleeding for a few days. But don’t worry, this is temporary! 

Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions to help you heal smoothly. This may include managing bleeding, getting enough sleep, and taking medication for pain management. Here are a few things to keep in mind: 

  1. Apply gentle pressure with a clean gauze pad to the extraction site if bleeding persists.
  2. Get plenty of sleep to promote healing.
  3. Prop your head up with extra pillows while sleeping to reduce swelling.
  4. Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the extraction site, to maintain oral hygiene.

By following these steps, you can promote optimal healing and get back to feeling your best soon.

Tooth Extraction vs Root Canal

At Ageless Smiles, we offer compassionate and professional dental care, including tooth extraction services. We prioritise patient comfort and clear communication throughout the process. Contact us today for a consultation and personalised quote.

FAQs about Tooth Extraction Cost

What affects the costs of tooth extraction?

The cost of tooth extraction depends on various factors including the complexity of the procedure (simple vs. surgical), the location of the tooth (easy access vs. impacted wisdom teeth), the dentist’s experience and location (varying costs by region), the type of anaesthesia used (local for simpler cases, general for more complex ones), any necessary X-rays or other diagnostic tests, and any medications prescribed for pain management or post-operative care.

Are there any alternatives to tooth extraction?

Whenever possible, dentists will prioritise saving the natural tooth. Fortunately, several alternatives exist, like root canal therapy to remove infected pulp without removing the entire tooth, fillings to repair minor damage, and even crowns to restore a severely damaged teeth and maintain its functionality.

Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?

Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure, minimising discomfort. You can manage post-operative pain with medication and proper care.

Can Insurance Help Cover the Cost of a Tooth Extraction?

In Australia, coverage for tooth extraction depends on the type of insurance you have. Generally, Medicare doesn’t cover most dental procedures, including tooth extraction. However, there are limited exceptions, like medically necessary extractions related to certain medical conditions or facial injuries.

However, many private health funds offer “extras” cover, which can help with dental costs, including tooth extraction. Coverage varies significantly between insurers and specific plans.