There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require the removal of a tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a "tooth socket," and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Simple Extraction

Surgical Guide

Surgical Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

Recovery and Aftercare Tips

Recovery and aftercare are crucial aspects of a surgical extraction procedure. While the actual surgery may be over, it's essential to take care of yourself during the healing process. 

  • Pain and swelling are common after a surgical extraction. To alleviate discomfort, your doctor may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter options. Applying an ice pack gently can also help reduce swelling in the first 24 hours.
  • Proper oral hygiene is vital during recovery. However, you should avoid brushing or rinsing around the extraction site for at least 24 hours following the procedure. After this initial period, gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater several times a day to keep the area clean.
  • It's crucial not to disturb any blood clots that form in the socket as they aid in healing. Avoid using straws, smoking, spitting forcefully, or consuming hot liquids for at least 24 hours post-surgery. These actions can dislodge blood clots and lead to a painful condition called dry socket.
  • During recovery, sticking to soft foods that don't require much chewing is recommended for about a week following surgery. Opt for items such as soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, and scrambled eggs until you feel comfortable eating regular foods again.
  • Allow yourself time to recover fully by avoiding strenuous activities immediately after surgery. Take it easy for a few days and give your body ample time to heal properly.

Remember that everyone heals differently; some individuals may experience faster recovery than others due to various factors such as age and overall health conditions. If you have any concerns during your recovery period or notice signs of infection like severe pain or excessive bleeding from the extraction site – contact our dentist promptly.