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Extraction of Tooth: When and Why It Happens

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Smile Stop Dentures & Implants discusses when and why a tooth extraction is needed.

Our teeth are incredibly strong, but sometimes, even the toughest chompers need a little help. A tooth extraction, also known as a "pulling" of a tooth, is a dental procedure that removes a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. While it might sound scary, tooth extractions are a very common procedure, and with modern dentistry, they're also quite safe and routine.

This blog post from Smile Stop Dentures & Implants will shed light on tooth extractions, including:

  • Why teeth need to be extracted

  • Different types of extractions

  • What to expect during an extraction

  • Recovery and aftercare

By understanding the procedure, you can feel more prepared and confident if you ever find yourself needing a tooth extraction.

Why Say Goodbye to a Tooth?

Sometimes, a tooth extraction becomes the best course of action to maintain your oral health. General anesthesia may be utilized in certain situations, particularly for nervous patients or intricate tooth removals.

Here are some of the most common:

  • Severe decay: If a cavity is too large or deep, and a filling or crown can't save the tooth, extraction might be necessary.

  • Infection: An abscessed tooth, where the infection reaches the pulp (the inner part of the tooth), can cause pain,swelling, and even bone loss. Extraction is usually the best course of action to eliminate the infection and prevent further complications.

  • Fracture or trauma: A cracked or broken tooth that can't be repaired may need to be extracted.

  • Impacted wisdom teeth: These are wisdom teeth that are stuck below the gum line and can cause pain, swelling,or damage to nearby teeth. Extraction is often recommended for impacted wisdom teeth.

  • Gum disease: Advanced gum disease, where the gums and bone supporting the teeth deteriorate, may necessitate tooth extraction in some cases.

  • Overcrowding: In rare cases, some people might have extra teeth or teeth that are too crowded, causing problems with chewing, speaking, or alignment. Extraction can create space for proper alignment.

Types of Extractions:

There are two main types of tooth extractions:

  • Simple extraction: This is used for loose teeth or teeth with minimal root structure. The dentist uses a special instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to gently remove it.

  • Surgical extraction: This is required for teeth that are impacted, deeply rooted, or broken below the gum line. The dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue and may need to remove some bone to access the tooth. Stitches are often used to close the incision after the tooth is removed.

What to Expect During an Extraction:

Before any extraction, your dentist will discuss your medical history and any medications you're taking. X-rays may be needed to determine the tooth's root structure and surrounding bone.

Here's a general idea of what to expect during the procedure itself:

  • Local anesthesia: This will numb the area around the tooth to minimize discomfort. In certain situations, general anesthesia may be administered. This is particularly for patients who are nervous or for complicated tooth removals.

  • Tooth removal: The dentist will use the appropriate technique (simple or surgical) to remove the tooth.

  • Cleaning and closing: Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will clean the socket and may place gauze to stop any bleeding. Stitches might be used to close the gum tissue, depending on the extraction type.

Recovery and Aftercare:

Following a tooth extraction, it's important to follow your dentist's specific instructions for a smooth recovery. 

Here are some general aftercare tips:

  • Bite down on gauze: This helps control bleeding.

  • Pain management: Your dentist will prescribe medication to manage any pain or discomfort.

  • Rest and avoid strenuous activity: Take it easy for the first 24-48 hours after the extraction.

  • Ice packs: Apply ice packs to the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling.

  • Diet: Stick to soft foods for the first few days and avoid hot beverages.

  • Oral hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene by gently brushing your teeth and rinsing with saltwater (don't use a straw).

  • Avoid smoking and alcohol: These can slow healing and increase the risk of infection.

  • Follow-up appointment: Schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to ensure proper healing and discuss potential next steps, like replacements (dentures or implants) if needed.

Remember, everyone heals at their own pace. If you experience any concerning symptoms after your extraction, such as excessive bleeding, severe pain, or fever, contact your dentist immediately.

Smile Stop Dentures & Implants: Here for Your Dental Needs

At Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we understand that tooth extraction can be a stressful experience. Our team of experienced and caring dentists are here to guide you through the entire process, from initial consultation to aftercare. We prioritize your comfort and well-being, and we'll ensure you understand everything involved in the extraction procedure.

If you're facing a potential tooth extraction, don't hesitate to contact Smile Stop Dentures & Implants. We offer a comfortable environment and utilize modern techniques to make the experience as smooth as possible. We can also discuss options for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures or implants, to restore your smile and functionality.

Here are some additional benefits of choosing Smile Stop Dentures & Implants for your tooth extraction needs:

  • Comprehensive consultations: We'll thoroughly discuss your situation, answer any questions you may have, and explain all available options.

  • Gentle and compassionate care: Our dentists understand the anxiety some patients feel around dental procedures.We'll prioritize your comfort and ensure a pain-free experience.

  • Advanced technology: We utilize the latest dental equipment and techniques to ensure precise and efficient extractions.

  • Flexible scheduling: We offer convenient appointment times to fit your busy schedule.

  • Experienced team: Our team of dental professionals has extensive experience performing tooth extractions and other dental procedures.

Take the Next Step Towards a Healthy Smile

Schedule your consultation with Smile Stop Dentures & Implants today. We'll help you navigate the tooth extraction process and discuss the best options for restoring your oral health and a confident smile.

Remember, a healthy smile is an important part of overall well-being. By addressing any necessary dental procedures, like tooth extractions, you can invest in your long-term health and happiness.

Contact Smile Stop Dentures & Implants today and let us help you achieve a healthy, confident smile! Occasionally, removing a tooth is necessary to preserve your oral health and well-being.


Call today for a free consultation!

918-446-0128 (Tulsa)

918-331-2221 (Bartlesville)


Wes Thompson, DDS

5676 W Skelly Drive, Suite A Tulsa, OK. 74107 (918) 446-0128


John Lard, DDS

1820 SE Washington Blvd Bartlesville, OK 74006

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