Everyone has a desire to keep their teeth strong and healthy and for a lifetime. However, there are times when a person may experience a dental problem that can cause a tooth to break down. Sometimes these dental issues are so severe that they require the tooth or teeth to be removed.

When a tooth needs to be removed, this is called an extraction. An extraction is the removal of the entire tooth including the root. Extractions are most often done because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, or infection.

Other reasons for a tooth extraction include:

  • non repairable broken teeth
  • severely decayed teeth
  • abscessed teeth
  • extremely mobile teeth
  • misaligned or crowded teeth
  • impacted wisdom teeth
  • any tooth that cannot be restored


If a tooth requires an extraction the dentist will numb the tooth, jawbone and gums. This is done by the use of a local anesthetic. The patient can also be kept comfortable by the use of IV sedation. The dentist will decide what type of anesthesia is best for the patient before the appointment.

Once the area is numb and the patient is comfortable, the doctor will use special instruments to extract the tooth. The instruments the dentist uses are called elevators and forceps. These special tools allow the dentist to extract the tooth without causing damage to the bone or other teeth. The patient won’t feel anything but pressure during the whole procedure.

After the tooth or teeth are extracted the dentist will insert a “bite pack” or wad of gauze into the empty socket and have the patient bite down on the gauze. This stops the bleeding and allows a blood clot to form in the socket. Sometimes sutures or stitches are required.

Recovery from an extraction differs from patient to patient. Aftercare may differ based on the location of the extraction as well as the type of extraction. A patient can usually expect healing to last 7 to 10 days. After the extraction the patient will be provided with post extraction care instructions to ensure proper healing of the socket. These instructions include how to brush around the extractions as well as what to eat.

If you feel you are in need of an extraction contact our office today for a consultation. At PV Dentistry, we focus on providing the highest quality of dental services in a comfortable atmosphere. We are here to assist you with all of your dental needs. Please contact our Prescott Valley, AZ office to schedule an initial consultation at (928) 772-8175. 


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PV Dentistry

(928) 772-8175
8154 E Florentine Rd,
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314