What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

Is tooth extraction in your future? Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the procedure.

The specifics will depend upon the location of the tooth and whether any issues could complicate the procedure. Tooth extractions can be either simple or complex, and your oral surgeon will let you know which type you need. However, the tooth removal process generally follows a standard routine.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction

Simple Tooth Extractions

When a tooth has fully erupted and mostly intact, extraction is usually simple and quick. From start to finish, most procedures take under 40 minutes.

After administering a local anesthetic to numb the area, and if requested, dental sedation to calm the nerves, the oral surgeon gently wiggles the tooth free. Patients feel pressure, but not any pain. Afterward, discomfort and swelling are easily managed with ice packs and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil.

Complex Tooth Extractions

When a tooth has extensive damage or is impacted in the gums — as is often the case with wisdom teeth — extraction is considered complex as it requires oral surgery.

As with simple procedures, oral surgeons start complex extractions by administering a local anesthetic and dental sedation. Surgical removal generally involves pulling back the gum tissue to expose the tooth, and sutures may be placed to close the socket after removal. The recovery period is a bit longer than with a simple extraction, but most patients don’t find the discomfort or swelling any more difficult to manage — ice packs and NSAIDs are usually all that’s needed for a comfortable recovery.

Planning Your Tooth Extraction

When you head to a local oral surgeon for a tooth removal consultation, you can expect a thorough assessment, starting with an oral examination and diagnostic X-rays. This gives a clear picture of what is needed to extract the tooth safely, without damage to the surrounding tissues.

In planning the procedure, your oral surgeon will take every step to ensure you have a comfortable, pain-free experience. Extractions are always performed as simply and conservatively as possible, and dental sedation is available to keep you relaxed and at ease during the procedure.

Do you need to have a tooth extracted? If you’re looking for a compassionate and highly skilled oral surgeon in the Salt Lake City area, schedule a consultation with the board-certified professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.

With over 10 years of experience in both simple and complex tooth extractions, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield plan every procedure with both safety and patient comfort in mind. The entire Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah team is committed to giving every patient a positive experience.

For expert, compassionate care, contact one of our three convenient northern Utah offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele and schedule a tooth extraction consultation today.