Tooth Extraction Procedure - What to Expect

By: Dr. Hodan Rabile


Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are several reasons why a tooth extraction might be needed. If the tooth is only damaged or broken, it can be fixed by filling or a crown treatment. Often, the cause leading to extraction is beyond minor repairs.

So, if you are expecting to have tooth extraction treatment, the more you know about the procedure, the easier it will be. Knowing what goes down during this procedure will help you understand what to expect.

Routine before Extraction:

X-ray of your tooth or whole jaw will be conducted to see any other possible problems. The X-ray will suggest the type of extraction required for your tooth. Certain cases require you to take an antibiotic to prevent infections.

Types of Tooth Extractions:

There are two types of tooth extraction procedures:

Simple Extraction:

  • Most commonly performed by dentists, in this procedure, the tooth is loosened by an instrument called an elevator, followed by the extraction using forceps.
  • Simple extraction is performed by general dentists.
  • Simple extractions can be performed using only the local anesthetic.
  • Drugs may or may not be prescribed to help with relaxation, as it is a minor procedure that heals itself.

Surgical Extraction:

  • This is a more complex procedure, performed on a tooth that is either broken from the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet.
  • Small incision is created in your gum in order to perform the extraction. At times, the tooth has to be cut in half or the bone around your tooth has to be removed.
  • This procedure cannot be performed without proper anesthesia, usually through the vein of the problematic area, or at times considering the condition of the patient, general anesthesia.
  • For certain cases, conscious sedation might be suggested, for which they are given steroids and other medication to keep the pain at bay.

Pain Expectations:

During the procedure, you will be under the effect of the medication, which will take away any possible pain. But before the procedure, the only pain you might expect is a tiny pinch of the needle as your dentist numbs up your gums and teeth.

Your nerves would be fully sedated for you to feel any pain. You can expect to feel pressure during the procedure but no pain. In case you feel any pain, tell your dentist.

Things Your Dentist Should Know:

Not every patient is the same. Everyone has a different medical history. Having your dentist know about your complete medical history can reduce the risk of developing a severe infection.

Dealing with excruciating wisdom tooth pain? Contact us now to set up an appointment at Rabile Family Dentistry. Our team of professional dentists in Irving, TX offers the best family dentistry solutions in town. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

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