All About Extractions

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All About Extractions

Tooth extractions are a common procedure. There are several reasons a tooth might need to be extracted, including:

  • A tooth has severe decay or is fractured
  • A tooth is blocking other teeth from coming in
  • Severe gum disease
  • A tooth is in the way of orthodontic treatment like braces
  • To prepare the mouth for dentures
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted, meaning the tooth hasn't erupted from the gum line
  • Or even because the tooth might detract from the overall aesthetic appearance of the mouth

Types of Extraction

  • Simple extraction: is used for teeth that are plainly visible in the mouth and is often able to be performed with local anesthesia, which numbs only the part of the mouth affected.
  • Surgical extraction: may involve one or more teeth, some of which may not be easily accessed. For example, if a tooth is impacted, typically a small incision is made in the gums so that the tooth can be easily removed.


  • Simple extraction: It is important to follow all of the doctor’s instructions, which may include medications like antibiotics and pain relievers, in addition to caring for the extraction site. Local anesthesia usually wears off after 30 minutes to an hour, and activity restrictions are typically minimal.
  • Surgical extraction: After surgery with general anesthesia you will need someone to drive you home. The doctor may prescribe medications such as antibiotics and pain relievers, as well as extraction site care instructions. Depending on the procedure, you may have some activity or food-related restrictions. Be sure to follow all the doctor’s instructions, and contact us if you have any questions.

Whatever type of extraction you need, the staff at Great Plains OMS will work with you to make sure you understand your treatment options, and they'll put a plan in place to help you recover quickly. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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