Tooth Extraction: HSA Eligibility

Tooth Extraction: eligible with a Health Savings Account (HSA)
Tooth extraction is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA). Tooth extraction is not eligible for reimbursement with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What is tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a surgical procedure in which an oral surgeon will remove an adult’s permanent tooth due to extensive damage to the tooth, typically from trauma or decay, to be repaired or replaced with dental implants or veneers. In some cases, tooth extractions may be performed to prepare the mouth for orthodontia, infection or risk of oral infection, and a variety of other causes (WebMD). 

What happens during a tooth extraction? 

A tooth extraction is a serious procedure, but it can be done in an outpatient setting and allow the patient to return to normal life fairly quickly after it has been performed. Typically, preparation for a tooth extraction starts with a visit to the dentist’s office for x-rays, as well as a full health consultation to go over possible risk factors for the condition. 

Tooth extractions fall under two categories: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions refer to procedures that are performed with a local anesthetic and are removed manually, while surgical procedures require general anesthesia and possible removal of tissue and bone during the operation. 

The recovery period for tooth extractions is typically a few days, and patients will have to eat soft foods in the days following the procedure and use a salt water mouth rinse to remove any dried blood from the affected area. As the wound begins to heal, patients can slowly introduce solid food into their diets. In the case of lingering pain, bleeding or fever, these could be signs of an infection and patients should consult their doctors as soon as possible (Healthline).

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