Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions can become necessary if your tooth is severely damaged or decayed. At Deerfoot Dental, we provide gentle, expert tooth extraction in Pinson, AL, ensuring your comfort and health with every visit.

Tooth Extractions in Pinson, AL

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Tooth extraction usually occurs when a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay and there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired by a filling or crown. It is typically a swift process where anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort throughout. However, the crucial step lies in post-operative recovery. Immediately after tooth extraction, we need to control the bleeding for proper healing. This includes applying gentle pressure with a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot, which must not be disturbed for the next 24 hours.

To alleviate swelling, we advise using an ice pack on the outer cheek initially, followed by a warm compress once the swelling subsides for added comfort. Pain management is addressed with prescribed painkillers. Additionally, rinsing the extraction site gently with warm salt water aids in maintaining cleanliness and promoting healing.


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  • How do you prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    When you have a tooth extracted, you develop a blood clot shortly after the surgery to begin the healing process. If this blood clot becomes dislodged before your mouth has fully healed, it can expose the bone and cause pain, called dry socket.


    Tips For Preventing Dry Socket

    1. Avoid straws or anything that creates a suction movement of air and cheek muscles.
    2. Don’t smoke tobacco or vape, as fast inhalation can dislodge your blood clot. Also, the chemicals in these products can prevent healing or cause an infection. We strongly encourage you to wait until more than one week after extraction.
    3. Eat soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes for the first day or two.
    4. Ask us about any medicines you take to ensure they don’t negatively impact the healing process.
    5. Practice proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
    6. Follow your doctor’s instructions on proper oral care to improve recovery time.
  • Does dry socket heal on its own?

    Yes, typically, dry socket will heal on its own. We understand that dry socket can be extremely painful and poses an elevated risk of infection, potentially prolonging the healing process.

    Our office in Pinson, AL is equipped to help alleviate this discomfort. We can provide a medicated gauze designed to reduce pain in the affected socket. Dry sockets will recover naturally as long as proper care instructions are followed and infection is avoided.



  • What causes the need for tooth extraction?

    Tooth extraction is often used as a last resort when other treatments cannot save the tooth or when it poses a risk to your overall oral health.

    • Severe Decay: When a tooth is too decayed or damaged to be repaired with a filling, crown, or other treatment.
    • Advanced Gum Disease: If periodontal disease has caused your teeth to loosen, extraction may be the best option to prevent infection spread.
    • Impacted Teeth: Teeth trapped in the jawbone or gums and cannot emerge normally need to be removed to prevent pain, overcrowding, and infection.
    • Orthodontic Treatment: Sometimes, you need to create space for other teeth to move into place properly, requiring a tooth extraction.
    • Infection Risk: If a tooth is at high risk of infection, such as in patients undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplants who have compromised immune systems, extraction might be advised.
    • Fractured Teeth: Teeth that are broken or cracked, especially below the gum line, may require extraction if they cannot be saved by other means.

    Each case is unique, and the decision to extract a tooth takes into account both the tooth’s condition and your oral health. Contact us today with questions!

Questions About Tooth Extractions?

If you have any questions about tooth extractions or for a consultation—contact us or schedule your appointment using the link below, or explore the numerous other dental services we offer.

Deerfoot Dental

6735 Old Springville Rd
Pinson, AL 35126
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