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Tooth Extractions – Rochester, MN

Expert Care with a Light Touch

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Normally, our team’s goal is to repair any teeth that have developed damage or decay, but in certain situations, an extraction might be the only viable treatment. This is usually a last resort after we have exhausted all other options, but when one is necessary, we do everything we can to make sure a patient feels comfortable the entire time. Should you or your child ever require a tooth extraction, you can trust it will be nothing to stress about. If necessary, we can help replace the tooth right away as well.

Why Choose Us for Extractions?

  • Patient comfort is priority #1
  • Experienced & highly-skilled team
  • State-of-the-art tooth replacements available

Why We Might Extract a Tooth

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  • Extensive Decay: If a cavity is too large to be repaired with a crown or filling, then we will choose to simply remove the tooth.
  • Excessive Damage: Most dental restorations require at least a small part of a tooth to be intact, but if a tooth is so damaged that there is nothing to put back together, we’ll extract it.
  • Obstructed Adult Teeth: It’s possible for a baby tooth to linger in the mouth and block the path of an incoming adult tooth. We can remove it to make sure the permanent tooth comes in properly.
  • More Room: We may remove a few teeth in order to create more room in the mouth so a denture will fit better.

How a Tooth Extraction Actually Works

Extracted tooth in metal clasp

Fortunately, removing a tooth doesn’t actually involve any pulling . Instead, after thoroughly numbing a patient with a local anesthetic, we simply grip the tooth with a pair of dental forceps, and then we gently rock it back and forth until it slips out on its own. Using this approach, most patients don’t even realize it when their tooth actually comes out!

What to Expect After an Extraction

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A little soreness and swelling near the treatment site is normal, but this should go away after a few days. We’ll instruct a patient to take the day of their extraction easy and avoid things like drinking with a straw, rinsing their mouth, or spitting for the first 24 hours, as this could interfere in the formation of a much needed blood clot. A patient should be able to resume their normal diet and activities in about a week or so.