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There are many reasons why you may need to have tooth extractions. For example, if tooth decay has become so extensive that solutions like root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a damaged tooth, we may need to pull it.

Tooth Extractions 101: What the Procedure Entails

517697213-Tooth ExtractionsWhat Happens During the Procedure?

If you need to have a tooth pulled and are worried about the process, keep in mind that tooth extractions are much less painful today than in the past thanks to sedatives and powerful anesthetics. You will likely only experience pressure and a minor amount of bleeding. During tooth extractions, we numb the area surrounding the tooth with a topical and injectable anesthetic, such as lidocaine or articaine. Then, we gently remove the tooth from your mouth.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery

After tooth extractions, certain steps need to be taken to ensure that an infection does not develop. Once we extract one of your teeth, we may require you to take an antibiotic for a few days following the procedure.

We strongly encourage you to avoid smoking, brushing the area where the tooth was removed, rinsing your teeth vigorously, and drinking liquids through a straw. These actions can stunt the healing process and may cause the wound to open up, creating a dry socket. If you experience swelling near the cheek outside of the extraction area, you may benefit from applying a cold compress to the area. Not only can this relieve any discomfort you are feeling, but it may also prevent your cheek from swelling and help the area of removal heal faster.