Tooth Extractions
Restore Oral Health

Tooth extractions are dental procedures that involve the complete removal of the tooth from the root and socket. They are generally performed as a last resort due to tooth decay, infection, or overcrowding. Having a tooth removed can restore your overall oral health by eliminating infection and bacteria that can lead to more serious problems.

When is a Tooth Extraction Recommended?

A tooth extraction—also known as tooth pulling—is performed when a tooth can’t be repaired with other dental solutions. During a tooth extraction, the infected tooth is completely removed from the socket. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the mouth, you might need a tooth extraction.

Your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction if you have the following:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Fractured teeth
  • Over-crowding

What Can I Expect From a Tooth Extraction Procedure?

Tooth extractions may sound scary, but the procedure is generally quick and pain-free. The tooth extraction process involves:

1. Assessment

Your dentist will assess your teeth to see if an extraction is the right solution. Your dentist will take X-rays to check the severity of the issue.

2. Sedation

Sedation is common for tooth extraction procedures. You have the option of using nitrous oxide “laughing gas” to help make you more comfortable during the treatment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area.

3. Removal

Once you are completely numb, your dentist will begin the extraction. Your dentist might make a small incision into the gum to access the tooth. Once removed, the socket will be cleaned and disinfected.

4. Recovery

It may take 48-72 hours for your mouth to heal. However, it could take up to several weeks for you to feel back to normal.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After your procedure, it’s important to continue to take care of your oral hygiene and the previously infected area. Your dentist may prescribe medication to reduce pain post-procedure. We recommend eating soft, plain and easy-to-chew foods and to get plenty of rest and hydration. Avoid drinking from a straw.

If you think you may require a tooth extraction

If you think you may require a tooth extraction, book a dental appointment with Dr. Sarah Latterell today. Or if you have any questions, give us a call or book a consultation.