Tooth Extraction

See How Easily You Can Have Your Tooth Removed

Tooth extraction, also known as tooth removal, is a procedure available at our dental clinic in Sonrisas Orthodontics and Periodontics. When a tooth has suffered significant damage, or is at risk of damaging other teeth or your gums, and can’t be fixed with restorative treatment, it may need to be extracted. 


Tooth Extraction Process 

Discover how each step in the tooth extraction process works to achieve a confident smile

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Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons:

  • Decay has reached deep into the tooth 
  • Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone 
  • There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth

Removing a tooth that is impacted can often prevent infection, damage to adjacent teeth and bone, and save pain in the years to come.

Initial X-Ray


Before a tooth is removed, Dr. Cruz and Dr. Farnia will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take the appropriate X-rays.  X-rays reveal the length, shape, and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. From this information, your dentist can estimate the degree of difficulty of the procedure and decide whether to refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

Local Anesthetic


Before removal, the area around your tooth will be anesthetized. Dentists use a local anesthetic to numb the area of the mouth where the extraction will take place.

Tooth Extraction


For a simple extraction, once the area is anesthetized, the tooth is loosened with the help of a tool called an elevator, then extracted with dental forceps. Your dentist may also want to smooth and recontour the underlying bone. When he or she is finished, they may choose to close the area with a stitch.

What To Expect After Extraction


It is critical to keep the area clean and prevent infection immediately following the removal of a tooth. Dr. Cruz and Dr. Farnia will ask you to bite down gently on a piece of dry, sterile gauze, which you must keep in place for up to 30 to 45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting takes place. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn’t smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or clean the teeth next to the extraction site.

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