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Tooth extraction may be necessary if a tooth is damaged beyond repair.

Questions & answers

Tooth extractions

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

Many cases may require tooth extraction, including:

  • Infection that damages the majority of the tooth and supporting bone structure.
  • Extreme decay that makes a restoration impossible.
  • Crowding caused by too many teeth to fit correctly in the mouth.

Is a tooth extraction painful?

The tooth extraction process begins with a local anesthetic to prevent any pain from this procedure. You may feel a slight sting from the injection. After you feel the effects of the anesthetic, you should not feel any pain during the extraction. It is common to feel pressure but not pain.

What happens after a tooth extraction?

Following your extraction, you will need time to heal. Take a few days to rest and take care of your teeth and gums. Here are some tips to avoid discomfort:

  • Sleep at a slight incline
  • Take your recommended pain medication
  • Only eat soft foods
  • No spitting, rinsing or drinking from a straw
  • Do not touch the extraction site until instructed

Tooth extractions


Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. While we strive to avoid the need to remove a tooth whenever possible, certain conditions may make tooth extraction the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function. Following the tooth extraction, we are happy to provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty and function.

Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:

  • Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
  • Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
  • Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth

Our dentists and team use great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions so that you can properly take care of your smile as it heals. For more information on tooth extraction and to schedule your personalized consultation at our friendly dental office, we invite you to call or visit us today. We are committed to improving your smile!

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