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Tooth Extractions

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A tooth extraction, also known as dental extraction, is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure may be performed for reasons such as tooth decay, a broken tooth beyond repair, making room for orthodontic work, poorly positioned teeth, infection, or gum disease.

This procedure may be performed for a variety of reasons, including:

  1. Assessment: The dentist examines the tooth and takes X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and decide if extraction is necessary.

  2. Anesthesia: The area around the tooth is numbed with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

  3. Extraction: The dentist uses special tools to loosen and remove the tooth from the socket. In some cases, the tooth may need to be sectioned into pieces for easier removal.

  4. Bleeding control: Gauze is placed on the extraction site to promote clotting and stop any bleeding.

  5. Recovery: You will need to rest and avoid certain activities for a few days after the extraction. Applying ice to the area can help with swelling and pain.

  6. Follow-up: Your dentist will provide instructions on caring for the extraction site and scheduling a follow-up appointment if necessary.

  7. Tooth replacement options: If the extracted tooth needs to be replaced, your dentist can discuss options such as implants, bridges, or dentures.

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Dental extractions come in two basic types – simple and surgical. Which extraction is right for you will depend on the situation we are looking to fix.

Ideally, we prefer to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Unfortunately, this sometimes is not the appropriate solution and it becomes necessary to extract a tooth in order to protect the health of your other teeth. Some of the situations that may warrant an extraction include:

Simple Extractions

Quick and easy process used to remove decayed or broken teeth above the gum line, but surgical extraction may be necessary in some cases.

Surgical Extractions

More complicated procedure that involves making an incision in the gum to access a broken or impacted tooth, typically necessary when the tooth is below the gum line or multiple pieces are stuck beneath the gums, as well as for impacted wisdom teeth.


Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing, broken, or failing teeth. Our dentists will evaluate your oral health and medical history, discuss anesthesia options, and determine a treatment plan during a consultation. Contact us to find the best denture solution for you.

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