A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Dentists typically recommend extractions for terminal dentitian—that is, teeth that can’t be restored otherwise.

Do I need an Extraction?

Extractions may be an option in a number of other cases when decay, disease, or overcrowding are present. Patients may opt for an extraction over other treatment options, especially if hygiene maintenance or

What Should I Expect?

Our dentists are skilled at removing teeth. In fact, patients are often surprised by how quick and painless the process can be. Before removing a tooth, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, he or she will simply take out the tooth. The process can be as short as five minutes, depending on the density of the bone and location of the tooth. In cases of severe infection, the dentist will likely remove the tooth as soon as possible, if not the same day, and prescribe an antibiotic.

We understand that extractions can make some patients nervous. For particularly anxious patients, we can provide options such as nitrous to make the process even easier. We never want our patients to feel rushed or uncomfortable, so we do all we can to accommodate specific patient needs.

Recovery from an extraction depends on the tooth. Typically, patients report some soreness in the days following the procedure. We recommend no heavy lifting for a day or two after the procedure and no smoking for two weeks. Extraction patients will receive a list of detailed care instructions at their appointment.  

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