Tooth Extraction 101: Preparation, Types & Aftercare


Your natural pearly whites are essential for maintaining bone structure, chewing, speaking, and so much more. However, not everyone will have the privilege of enjoying the company of all their teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes, tooth extraction in Spring, TX, can be deemed necessary.

No one ever looks forward to getting a tooth extraction, irrespective of the pain they are experiencing. However, when our tooth removal dentist recommends it, all other options for saving your teeth are off the table. Preserving your natural tooth is also the mission. In any case, let’s see what tooth extractions are all about.

About Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a standard procedure our tooth removal dentist performs to extract damaged and sometimes whole teeth. The process is quick and painless since it’s done under local, general, or intravenously administered anesthesia.

Our dentist may recommend that you get your tooth pulled under the following circumstances:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Periodontal infections that have affected your tooth’s structural integrity
  • Damaged teeth due to trauma or decay
  • Preparing for orthodontic treatment and you have overcrowded teeth
  • Extra teeth that are hindering permanent teeth from coming in
  • You have an infected tooth, and a root canal cannot salvage the tooth

How Can you Prepare for Tooth Extraction?

Before booking you for tooth extraction, our dentist will take an X-ray of your teeth. This is a critical step since the X-rays will reveal the extent of the damage and help determine which procedure will be used.

Plus, you may need to inform our dentist whether you are taking any drugs, even supplements. If you are scheduled for treatment for another health issue, notify our dentist to ensure that the extraction is carried out before proceeding with the other treatment.

Besides the above, ensure that you:

  • Don’t smoke before the procedure
  • If you have the flu, inform our dentist prior so that you can reschedule
  • If you are getting general anesthesia, come with someone who will take you home
  • Don’t eat or drink for at least six hours if you will use IV anesthesia

Types of Tooth Extractions

There are two types of tooth extractions:

Simple Extraction

When our dentist recommends that you undergo a simple tooth extraction, it means that the tooth to be pulled is visible. Before the procedure commences, the area close to the affected tooth will be numbed using local anesthesia. This is done to ensure that you have a pain-free and comfortable experience.

Once the area close to the affected tooth is numb, our dentist will use forceps and an elevator to loosen and pull out the affected tooth.

Surgical Extraction