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Tooth Extraction and Replacement: What to Know

Tooth extraction is a scary proposition for many people. The thought of having a tooth pulled, even if it is just a wisdom tooth, can be enough to make some people break out in a cold sweat. However, there are some things that you can do to help make the experience a little less daunting.

First, it’s essential to understand that most tooth extractions are quite straightforward and relatively painless. In most cases, the procedure is over in just a few minutes. Second, even if you do experience some pain during or after the procedure, it’s usually quite manageable. 

Here are some other facts that you should know about tooth extraction and replacement.

Treatments You Can Replace Tooth Extractions With

When it comes to tooth extractions, there are a few different replacement options available. Depending on your unique situation, your dentist will likely recommend one of the following:

  • Dental implants: Dental implants are the most popular replacement option for missing teeth. The implant is placed in the jawbone, and a replacement tooth (called a crown) is then attached to the implant. Dental implants are durable and look and feel like your natural teeth.
  • Bridge: A dental bridge is another popular option for replacing one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth (called pontics) attached to crowns on either side. The pontics are then placed over the gap left by the missing teeth. Dental bridges are strong and durable, and they can restore your smile.
  • Partial denture: A partial denture is a removable replacement option for missing teeth. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth (called pontics) that are attached to a pink or gum-colored base. The partial denture is placed in the mouth and rests on the gum tissue. Partial dentures are a good option for people who are missing a few teeth.
  • Complete denture: A complete denture is a removable replacement option for all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A complete denture comprises replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base. The complete denture is then placed in the mouth and rests on the gum tissue. Complete dentures are a good option for people who are missing all of their teeth.

Risks Involved in Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons why a person might need to have a tooth extracted. In some cases, the tooth is so damaged that it can’t be repaired. In other cases, there may be too much crowding in the mouth, or the tooth may be impacted (stuck under the gum line).

Tooth extractions are generally safe procedures. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks involved. These include:

  • Bleeding: This is the most common complication after tooth extraction. It usually lasts for a few hours and can be controlled with gauze or an ice pack.
  • Infection: This is a rare but serious complication. It can happen if bacteria enter the empty socket where the tooth is. Symptoms include fever, swelling, and redness.
  • Pain: Some discomfort is normal after tooth extraction. You can take over-the-counter pain medication to help.
  • Swelling: This is also common. It can be controlled with ice packs and should go down after a few days.
  • Dry socket: This is a rare complication that can happen if the blood clot that forms in the socket is dislodged. Symptoms include intense pain, bad breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

If you’re considering a tooth extraction, be sure to talk to your dentist about the risks involved.


Tooth extraction is a fairly common dental procedure performed by a dentist. The most common reason for tooth extraction is to remove wisdom teeth, which are often impacted and can cause problems if they are not removed. 

Tooth extraction can also be performed to remove a tooth that is decayed or damaged beyond repair. In most cases, tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure. However, it is important to consult with a dentist beforehand to ensure that the procedure is performed safely and correctly.

Don’t forget to work with our experienced dental specialist at Weston Dental Specialists Group when undergoing tooth extraction. At our clinic, we want our patients to be informed about all their options for replacing teeth so they can make the best decision for their health and well-being. Request an appointment with us today.

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