Tooth Extractions

We do everything we can at Cary Dental to save your teeth. However, it is occasionally necessary to remove a tooth that causes too many problems.

Our team will do everything they can to put you at ease during your tooth extraction appointment. We also offer sedation for our patients who want to feel completely relaxed during their treatment.

Why Would I Need To Have a Tooth Extraction?

Our patients may need to have a dental extraction due to one of the following:

  • Decay has spread deep into the tooth, often affecting the roots.
  • An infection has damaged a large part of the tooth or the bone around it.
  • A patient is born with too many teeth or if severe crowding occurs as adult teeth come in.

Decay and infection can both cause pain and make eating almost impossible. Crowding can also cause functionality issues because your bite may become misaligned. If you have any dental problems, call us right away to find out how we can help.

What Should I Expect From a Dental Extraction?

In most cases, extracting a tooth is quick. We start with localized anesthesia and use tools to help loosen the tooth and pull it out. If you have an impacted tooth, you may need heavier sedation and a friend or family member to drive you home from your appointment.

What Should I Do After the Extraction?

After the extraction, take care of yourself to avoid complications. Remember to avoid drinking through straws for a day, and to avoid all tobacco use for two days.

You can clean your mouth by gently rinsing it with warm water, and don’t brush directly over the extraction area for another day or two. Eat a diet of soft foods and avoid rigorous activities for at least a day.

Taking care of yourself will prevent dry socket. A blood clot should form, and if it is knocked loose it will expose the bone and cause a lot of pain. Call us if you are worried about dry socket or if there is anything else we can help you with.

Schedule a Tooth Extraction in Cary

We perform teeth extraction with skill and care. If you are experience dental pain, call us today to schedule an appointment. We can get you started on the road to a happier mouth!

Tooth Extraction FAQs

What does a tooth extraction entail?
There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. In both cases patients are properly numbed beforehand to ensure they will experience no discomfort or pain. In a simple extraction, the dentist will use an elevator (dental instrument) to loosen the tooth and then extract the tooth gently with forceps.

A surgical extraction may be necessary in complex cases when the tooth is broken or has not surfaced. The dentist may need to make a small incision into the gums or break the tooth up in multiple pieces before removing it from the mouth.

What risks are associated with this treatment?
Treatment risks and/or unwanted consequences may include:

  • Reaction to medications and/or anesthetic
  • Temporary or permanent numbness or tingling of the lip, chin, tongue or other areas
  • Post treatment bleeding
  • Post treatment infection or dry socket
  • Post treatment tissue swelling
  • Root fragments may break and may be left in the jaw
  • Sinus involvement when upper teeth are removed which may require additional treatment or referral to a specialist
  • Jaw or alveolar bone may fracture during tooth removal which may require additional treatment or referral to a specialist
  • Sensitivity or pain
  • Damage to adjacent teeth or restorations
What should I expect to experience after treatment?
Some swelling, stiffness, and discomfort may occur. If it is greater than expected we will have you return to be evaluated. Each patient is sent home with instructions on how to care for their mouth after the extraction. Typical post-operative instructions include:

  • Icing and applying pressure to the extraction site
  • Elevating your head and resting quietly
  • Avoiding rinsing, spitting, smoking and consuming hot liquid or food
  • Taking medicine prescribed by your doctor