Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

While it is very important to preserve the health of your natural teeth as best as possible, it is not always feasible to save severely damaged, decayed, or infected teeth. 

Many instances may require an extraction, usually due to dental trauma, untreated tooth decay, gum disease, overcrowding, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. At PS Dental, we do everything in our power to preserve your oral health and repair teeth with restorative treatment to prevent the need for an extraction. 

However, sometimes patients come to us too late and a cavity is too large for a filling, too damaged to be held together by a dental crown, or an infection has been active for so long that the tooth cannot be saved. Give us a call at PS Dental to schedule an extraction consultation.

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Did you know…

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A surgical extraction is the same as a basic extraction except that we first need to make an incision into the gums and then need to stitch the gums back in place.

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How It Works: The Extraction Process

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Dr. Sinha will examine your teeth by performing an oral exam and taking x-rays. This will show the presence of tooth decay, infection, or bone loss. He will determine if the tooth can be saved or if it needs to be extracted.

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Anesthetic & Sedation Options

Before touching your tooth, pain relief will be administered such as local anesthetic as well as sedation if you have dental anxiety. This will make you very comfortable and prevent any pain sensation during the procedure.

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A dental tool known as an elevator will be used to loosen your tooth in the socket. This severs the ligaments holding the tooth in place and enlarges the socket to make it easier to remove.

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Forceps are shaped like pliers and are used to gain firm hold of the tooth to remove it. The tooth may be rotated a few times to help split it out of the socket.

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Cleaning the Socket & Controlling Bleeding

Once the tooth has been removed, the socket will be cleaned, disinfected, and shaped. There may be bone fragments left behind that need to be filed down. Then the socket is washed out and gauze is placed to stop the bleeding.

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You will need to bite down on the gauze for 30 to 60 minutes to stop the bleeding. Your dentist will give you aftercare instructions on how to clean your mouth, what to avoid, and what to eat during your recovery.

Types of Extractions Offered

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Same-Day Dental Care

Same-day appointments allow you to receive treatment on the day you call to request emergency care. At your same-day visit, the dentist will address your dental injury and craft an immediate plan to get you back to optimal health as soon as possible. By avoiding an appointment to treat your dental emergency, you prolongate your pain and put yourself at risk for more serious dental complications down the road. Our office provides same-day emergency dentistry so that you get the care that can’t wait.

After Hours Appointments

Sometimes, dental injuries and accidents take place past regular business hours. For patients experiencing severe emergencies, we offer after-hours appointments to make sure you receive the immediate care you deserve. If you are experiencing a dental emergency beyond our usual hours, don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule a visit. We’re more than happy to help alleviate your pain and restore your smile as soon as possible.

Weekend Appointments

If a dental emergency strikes over the weekend, there’s no need to wait until Monday for care. By offering limited weekend hours and appointments by request, you can receive prompt emergency dental care and get relief from your pain and discomfort. Give us a call for more information.


A basic extraction is sometimes referred to as a simple extraction. This is because these extractions are very straightforward – the teeth are fully visible and not impacted so no incisions are required to access these teeth. 

This procedure can be done quickly in about 20 to 40 minutes. A dental elevator is used to loosen the tooth and then the dentist uses forceps to pull it out. This is all done under an anesthetic so it isn’t painful. Healing will take about 3 to 4 weeks.

Did you know…

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Basic extractions are usually performed in the dental chair with minimal major recovery time.


Have Questions About Tooth Extractions? Find Answers Here.

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Do I Need to Replace My Missing Tooth?

Yes, basic extractions are usually performed on teeth that aren’t wisdom teeth. Any tooth that isn’t a wisdom tooth needs to be replaced to prevent irreversible bone loss that will increase your risk for future tooth loss and affect your bite and facial features. We offer many replacment options, including dental implants, bridges, full and partial dentures, and full-arch implants.

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Do Extractions Hurt?

No, extractions are completely painless! This is because we fully anesthetize your mouth. The only sensation you will feel is some pressure and movement of dental tools but you will not feel any pain.

Basic extractions are less invasive than surgical extractions because no incisions are made into the gums, the tooth is just pulled out. If you are nervous or have dental anxiety we can also offer to sedate you for the procedure.

Did you know…

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Surgical extractions take up to 2 more months to completely heal compared to a basic extraction.