Why You May Need a Tooth Extraction

Our dentists at Dental Arts SPB clinic provide regular tooth extractions for our patients when needed. There are several different reasons why an individual may need a tooth extraction. To learn more about these reasons and to see what you should expect during and after your tooth extraction, continue reading on.

Why may you need a tooth extraction?

Your Dental Arts SBP dentist may suggest a tooth extraction for the following reasons:

  • Severe decay
  • Crowded teeth
  • Remove a baby tooth for the permanent tooth to emerge properly
  • Remove wisdom teeth
  • Gum disease
  • To accommodate dentures

What to Expect During Your Tooth Extraction

To begin your tooth extraction, your dentist will thoroughly numb the affected area in order to avoid pain. They will also examine and see if you are in need of an antibiotic before or after your extraction procedure. If needed, your dentist will remove any gum or bone tissue that is covering the tooth. After removing your teeth, your dentist will provide you with the necessary amount of stitches to close the gum. Your dentist may provide you with self-dissolving stitches.

What to Do After a Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on what to do after a tooth extraction. A few things to keep in mind are to apply pressure to where the tooth was removed to prevent bleeding and use an ice pack to avoid swelling in your mouth. It is important to keep your mouth clean and to brush regularly. If needed, take any medications to control pain and swelling as well. Eating soft foods will allow the area to heal more quickly.

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Guide to Tooth Extraction & Recovery

Tooth decay or damage, crowded teeth, and gum diseases are some of the conditions where tooth extraction becomes inevitable. Here are some tips to guide you through the process and recovery period.

The Basics of Tooth Extraction

The oral surgeon or dentist numbs the site of the extraction with a local anesthetic. They cut away the gum and bone tissue if the tooth is impacted.

Using forceps, the dentist will rock the tooth back and forth until it is loosened sufficiently to be extracted. However, if the tooth proves difficult to remove, the dentist may need split and remove the tooth in pieces.

After the tooth is pulled, a blood clot will form inside the socket. The dentist places a gauze pad over it, and the patient gently bites down to stop the bleeding. The dentist might also stitch the gum over the extraction site.


Tooth extraction though safe might present opportunities for infections to occur. Hence, patients at higher risks of infection due to other underlying conditions may need antibiotics before and after the procedure. The patient’s full medical history should be referred to before the extraction.


It usually takes patients a few days to fully recover. The patients can request for painkillers if the pain is intense. Gently biting down on the gauze pad will help stop bleeding and encourage the formation of a clot. Leave the pad in place as long as advised by the dentist. An ice pack can be applied to reduce swelling. Patients need at least a day to relax after the procedure.

Do not rinse or spit in the six hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot. Smoking is not advised as it slows healing. Eat only soft foods and gradually incorporate harder foods as the site heals.