Tooth Extraction

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

Extractions are often categorized as "simple" or "surgical".

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anesthetic, and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth.

Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully.

Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Following an extraction, your dentist will send you home to recover. Recovery typically takes a few days.

If you are interested in learning more about tooth extractions, please contact us today.

Dr. Wang's Tips

The Do's of Tooth Extraction Aftercare:

  • Pain Control: Take whatever pain relief your dentist recommends with the aftercare instructions and stick to the recommended dose.
  • Bleeding and Clot Control: Bite down on some clean gauze/cloth if necessary.

The Don'ts of Tooth Extraction Aftercare:

  • Avoid hot drinks, and take small sips when drinking fluids. Do not use a straw.
  • Eat soft foods in small mouthfuls
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Do not rinse your mouth and avoid spitting.
  • Take it easy. In particular avoid exercise.
  • It may help to prop your head up with an extra pillow when lying down.