When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

A tooth may need to be extracted only when all other options of saving or restoring the tooth have been ruled out. This may include:

  • Extreme infection or risk of infection
  • Damage from trauma
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth
  • Overcrowding

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

This procedure includes:

  • X-rays to assess the correct location of the affected tooth
  • Decision on and application of anesthesia for a smooth experience 
  • Careful removal of the tooth and bone graft
  • Aftercare to stop any bleeding

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Recovery after an extraction usually takes a few days. Tips include:

  • Pain relievers as recommended, or as prescribed
  • Correct use of gauze as instructed
  • Application of ice for 10 minutes at a time
  • Avoid rinsing, sucking, or spitting
  • Do not smoke.
  • Stick to soft foods for awhile
  • Avoid the extraction site when brushing your teeth. 

FAQ

Are tooth extractions painful?

It is normal to experience pain, selling, and/or bleeding for up to 24 hours after the procedure, and discomfort for a bit longer. Follow your aftercare instructions, and contact us if these effects do not go away.

 

What is dry socket?

The breakage of a blood clot that has formed in the tooth socket.

 

Will insurance cover tooth extractions?

This varies from provider to provider, though we are happy to assist you in determining eligibility.

 

What financial options are available?

We offer a variety of payment options for patients and families whether they have insurance or not. Please contact us for details.