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$ 120
Mar 2007
Northeast Arkansas
Emergency tooth extraction  more... close row
$ 190
Mar 2008
Portland, Oregon
Emergency crown on a molar  more... close row
$ 320
Aug 2007
Jackson, MI
Emergency tooth extraction at clinic  more... close row

Description of service

In August of 2007, I had to have an emergency tooth extraction. I had dental insurance, but there were no in-network dentists in my area who were taking regular patients. Instead, I went to a dental clinic that accepted emergency patients half a day each week. The tooth had begun to abscess, so I went a week before the clinic to my family doctor for antibiotics. Without that, I would not have been able to have the tooth removed.

I arrived early on the day of the emergency clinic and waited for about an hour to be seen. A very brief medical history was taken, to exclude conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis and HIV, then exactly one x-ray was taken of the affected tooth. The dentist referred me to another clinic for a root canal, which I promptly refused.

When the extraction was performed, I was given a local anesthetic and the tooth was pulled using a tool that wraps around the tooth to make extraction easier. During extraction, the tooth broke and several pieces were left inside. The dentist assured me that these pieces would work their own way out.

As I had mentioned before, I did have dental insurance. This particular office was in-network, so my insurance paid 90% of the bill. That means the original charge was about $320 for one xray and one extraction. The clinic was able to bill be for my portion of the charges after they received payment from my insurance company.

Review of Service

I've received better service, by far, almost everywhere I've gone for dental treatment. I felt like I was being pushed through the system like something on an assembly line. The good news is that the extraction was successful, there was no infection and the remaining pieces of tooth have caused me no trouble.


I made the mistake of not getting in with a regular dentist as soon as I got my dental insurance. Be sure to have a regular dentist that you feel comfortable with and who does take emergency cases. If you or your insurance company are going to pay that much for treatment, you have the right to be treated well.

$ 200
Sep 2007
Tempe, AZ
Crown replacement after biting into gooey candy  more... close row
$ 347
Aug 2008
Syracuse NY
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$ 95
Feb 2008
Coopersburg, PA
Filing of chipped tooth flouride treatment  more... close row
$ 1500
Feb 2008
San Diego, CA
Emergency wisdom tooth extraction  more... close row
$ 250
Apr 2008
New York, New York
Emergency dental care a must when in pain  more... close row
$ 350
Nov 2006
Birmingham, Michigan
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$ 420
Jun 2007
La Crescent, MN
Emergency tooth removal with bad service  more... close row
$ 0
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$ 295
Jan 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah
Extraction of infected molar, including anesthesia and x-rays.  more... close row
$ 120
Jun 2008
Valrico, Florida
Disorganized unhelpful dentist  more... close row
$ 250
Mar 2008
Garland, TX
Removal of cracked molar  more... close row
$ 90
Apr 2008
Baltimore, Maryland
Emergency dental service is for extreme pain  more... close row