Whenever possible, our expert dentists at United Dental Group does everything in our power to save a tooth through conservative treatment options. However, in some cases, a tooth cannot be saved. When this happens–usually due to a traumatic injury, a tooth infection, tooth damage, or tooth decay over time – tooth extraction is performed in the most gentle way possible. Our skilled oral surgeons have the ability to extract a tooth gently and with precision.


1. What does tooth extraction involve?

Wisdom tooth extraction or another tooth removal involves gently removing a damaged or infected tooth in the event that no other conservative restoration dental options are possible to save the tooth. To extract or pull a tooth, your dentist will carefully numb the area and remove the tooth. After tooth extraction, the area is prepared for a dental bridge or dental implant to take the place of the pulled tooth. Getting a tooth pulled may be a good option to restore function to your bite, increase the quality of your oral health, or to improve the look of your smile, and tooth extraction healing usually takes little time.


2. When does a tooth need to be extracted?

You may be a candidate for the gentle tooth extraction procedure at United Dental Group if you are suffering from any of the below reasons for tooth extraction:

  • Crowded teeth Decayed teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Injury or trauma to teeth
  • Gum disease like gingivitis
  • Having wisdom teeth


    3. What is the difference between simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction?

    There are two types of tooth extractions, simple extractions and surgical extractions:

    Simple Tooth Extraction

    A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. These can be performed by a general dentist.

    Surgical Tooth Extraction

    A surgical extraction is more complex and involves the removal of a tooth that cannot easily be seen or reached, either because it has not fully erupted or it has broken off at the gum line.


    4. Does tooth extraction hurt?

    Surgical tooth extraction requires a dentist who has undergone training specifically in safe and gentle tooth removal procedures. At United Dental Group, our tooth extraction dentists do everything in our ability to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during the tooth extraction procedure. Speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members to learn about sedation dentistry, which may be an option during your tooth pulling procedure to further reduce tooth extraction pain.


    5. What happens during a tooth extraction?

    The tooth pulling procedure may be performed at one of our United dental group locations by either one of our general dentists or an oral surgeon, depending on your specific needs and the type of tooth extraction you will be undergoing. During your surgical tooth extraction, our dentists make a small incision in your gums. Then, the tooth is gently removed one section at a time. After the tooth extraction, we may provide you with prescription pain medication, depending on your level of discomfort. We recommend that our patients apply a warm compress to the tooth removal area to reduce pain after your tooth extraction. You should also avoid chewing food near that tooth pulling location after your oral surgery to avoid tooth extraction complications.


    6. What is the recovery process for a tooth extraction?

    Many patients wonder what happens after a tooth extraction, what is the tooth extraction healing process and what kind of recovery from a tooth extraction is necessary. If you’ve had a tooth extracted, you know that the days following the procedure will require some extra care and attention to the area. Your dentist may recommend pain medication to help with any discomfort, using a small gauze pad to cover the area, and applying ice to the area to reduce swelling in the area. For more details on how you can ensure you’ll have a speedy and successful recovery from a tooth extraction, speak to your dentist at United Dental Group. We are happy to answer your questions!


    7. Are there any possible complications to tooth extraction?

    It is possible that a patient may encounter tooth pulling complications after the oral surgery, including dry socket. The best way to reduce the chances of getting dry socket following tooth extraction, including:

  • Avoiding tough foods and sticking with softer foods
  • Drinking out of a cup without using a straw
  • Using warm salt water to rinse your mouth
  • Make sure you contact a staff member at United dental group right away if you notice severe pain or symptoms of dry socket following your procedure.


    8. Can I replace my tooth after extraction?

    Once a tooth has been extracted, there are a number of restoration options, including:

    Dental Bridge

    A dental bridge replaces one tooth or a row of teeth, as long as there are healthy teeth on either side of the extraction site. Bridges consist of a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) attached to crowns on either side. We permanently attach the crowns to healthy teeth to hold the bridge in place.

    Partial Dentures

    Dentures feature a full arch of prosthetic teeth, attached to a gum-colored base that fits snugly against the gums. Partial dentures are used when at least one healthy tooth remains, while full dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch. Partial and full dentures can be removable, or supported by dental implants.

    Dental Implants

    Implants are small titanium posts, surgically implanted into the jawbone. The posts fuse with bone and support a crown, bridge, partial, or full dentures. Implant crowns and bridges are permanent, while partial and full dentures may be removable or permanent.