Surgical Instructions
Simple Tooth Extractions

Reasons for a tooth extraction

There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or infection.

Some common reasons for extraction include:

  • Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
  • Abscessed baby tooth
  • Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
  • Removing a fractured or malformed tooth

How is a tooth extracted?

As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure.  After preparing a method of extraction, your child will be given nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") and a local anesthetic that will prevent them from feeling pain during the procedure.  In more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal. 

Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down.  If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.