Patient Guidelines During COVID-19

Tooth Extraction


Cosmetic Dentists, Implant Dentists, Pedodontists & General Dentists in the Central Coast and Bakersfield, California

When your oral health depends on removing one or more teeth, you must have a team of dental experts you can trust. The experienced team at CaliDental, located in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Lompoc, California, offers quality tooth extraction and follow-up care to relieve pain and improve your dental health. For a consultation, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a simple procedure where your dentist removes one or more teeth. It may be part of your cosmetic or restorative dental plan. Benefits of a tooth extraction may include: 

  • Alleviating pain
  • Removing the source of infection 
  • Preventing spread of decay
  • Preventing bone deterioration
  • Correcting misalignment
  • Creating space for dentures or other orthodontics
  • Improving the appearance of your teeth

Typically, tooth extraction is a last resort. In most cases, it is better to retain your natural tooth whenever possible. For some, however, removing a tooth is the best and most efficient way to restore dental health or is necessary to meet aesthetic goals. 

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

Your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction if you:

  • Have dental pain or severe toothache
  • Have advanced periodontal disease
  • Have loose or decayed teeth
  • Have an abscessed or severely infected tooth
  • Have extra teeth that cause misalignment
  • Have baby teeth that don’t fall out naturally
  • Have a fractured, malformed, or dead tooth
  • Have impacted wisdom teeth
  • Have TMJ dysfunction due to misalignment

You may need a tooth extraction if a root canal is not a viable option for saving your tooth or in preparation for orthodontic procedures, like placing braces.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Before your tooth extraction, your dentist orders digital X-rays and creates a customized plan that meets your needs. They discuss their recommendations and take time to answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure. 

When you arrive for your appointment, your dentist:

  • Administers sedation, if needed
  • Numbs the tooth and gums
  • Loosens ligaments and other tissues from the base of the tooth
  • Removes tooth, typically using forceps and a gentle tug
  • Packs open area of gums with gauze 

In some cases, your dentist may need to break your tooth into smaller pieces or make an incision in your gums to remove a deeply embedded tooth. You should not feel any pain during the procedure.

Your dental team gives you instructions on how to take care of the site of your tooth extraction. Any postprocedure tenderness should resolve soon after your tooth removal as your gums heal. Your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit to check the site or to take the next steps in completing your cosmetic or orthodontic plan.

For an expert tooth extraction, call or schedule an appointment online with CaliDental today.