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In general, dental extractions, sometimes referred to as tooth removal, come in two forms:

-A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the oral cavity. In a straightforward extraction, Dr. LaRose and Dr. Smith loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then our dentists use an instrument called a forceps to eradicate the tooth.

-Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure. They are used if a tooth breaks off at the gum line or has not erupted past the gums yet. In a surgical extraction, Dr. LaRose and Dr. Smith generate a little cut into your gums. Occasionally it’s necessary to get rid of some bone surrounding the tooth or to slice the tooth into two piece to remove it.

Usually simple extractions can be done in a lone follow-up visit. You might or may not receive medication to help you relax during a straightforward extraction procedure, but for a surgical extraction, you will likely receive sedation. (This is typical for those who have specific medical conditions and for children.)

Once our dentists have pulled the tooth, a blood clot typically develops in the socket. Drs. LaRose and Smith will stuff a gauze pad into your socket and have you bite down firmly on it to help halt the bleeding. Occasionally he will place self-dissolving sutures to seal the gums on top of the extraction site.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, please don’t hesitate to call 208-966-6054 to schedule a consultation appointment at Kootenai Family Dental in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.