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At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we are committed to preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. However, there are situations where a dental extraction becomes necessary to ensure your oral health. In this brief guide, we'll explain what dental extractions are, why they may be needed, and what to expect during and after the procedure.

What Is a Dental Extraction? A dental extraction, commonly known as a tooth removal, is a dental procedure in which a tooth is carefully removed from its socket in the jawbone and gum tissue. Extractions can be categorized into two types: simple extractions, where a visible tooth is removed, and surgical extractions, which are more complex and involve teeth that are not easily accessible.


Reasons for Dental Extractions: There are several reasons why a dental extraction may be recommended, including:

  • Severe Tooth Decay: When a tooth is extensively damaged by decay, it may not be salvageable through restorative treatments like fillings or crowns.

  • Advanced Gum Disease: In cases where gum disease has caused significant damage to the supporting structures of a tooth, extraction may be necessary.

  • Orthodontic Treatment: Tooth extractions are sometimes part of orthodontic treatment plans to create space for proper alignment.

  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often become impacted (unable to erupt properly) and may need extraction to prevent complications.

  • Crowding or Overcrowding: In certain cases, extractions are recommended to address issues of dental crowding and ensure the health of the remaining teeth.


The Dental Extraction Process: The extraction process is designed to be as comfortable and painless as possible:

  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth, ensuring you feel little to no discomfort during the procedure.

  • Tooth Removal: Using specialized instruments, your dentist will gently and precisely remove the tooth from its socket.

  • Post-Extraction Care: After the extraction, you will receive instructions on how to care for the extraction site and what to expect during the healing process.


Recovery and Aftercare: Recovery from a dental extraction typically involves minimal discomfort and swelling that can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. You'll be advised on what to eat, how to keep the extraction site clean, and when to follow up with your dentist.


Restoring Your Smile: After a tooth extraction, your dentist may discuss options for replacing the missing tooth, such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures, to help you maintain proper oral function and aesthetics.


Your Comfort, Our Priority: At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. We ensure that extractions are performed with the utmost care and precision, and we'll be here to support you throughout the entire process.


Your Oral Health Matters: If you have questions about dental extractions or are experiencing dental issues that may require an extraction, please contact us. We're here to provide the best possible care and guide you toward a healthier smile.

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