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A tooth extraction should only be performed when it is impossible to preserve the tooth, this occurs for example when tooth decay is very extensive and there is no possibility of repair, or if the infectious process has spread and cannot be controlled in any other way.

The main causes of simple tooth extraction are:

  • A severely decayed tooth that cannot be saved, especially in the elderly
  •  A cracked or fractured tooth due to an accident or a fall
  • A wisdom tooth that hurts
  • A tooth with significant loosening (often due to gum disease) and moving
  • A baby tooth that does not fall out and does not leave room for permanent teeth
  • Periapical infection
  • A root fractures
  • To make room on the dental arch before orthodontic treatment

Quick Details

Who Is This For?

  • When a severely decayed, cracked, or broken tooth cannot be restored, tooth extraction becomes the only option.
  • The dental surgeon will also decide to extract an infected, painful, or threatening wisdom tooth that affects the aesthetics of the entire teeth because it goes out of angle or in the absence of sufficient space.
  • Gum disease, which would cause serious tooth loosening, and abscess formation are other cases that may require removal of the tooth.

Treatment Duration

15-25 minutes

Potential Risks & Side Effects

  • Improper Teeth Alignment
  • Bleeding
  • Delayed healing
  • Infection
  • Swelling and pain

Recovery Time

7 to 10 days

Success Rate: 95%

Alternative Treatments

  • Surgical tooth extraction
  • Wisdom tooth extraction

How Does it Work?

A dental extraction is carried out when there is no possibility of treating the decayed, infected or damaged tooth in its place, and when the risk of infection should be avoided. It is also the best option when there are very advanced caries (decays), teeth with deep fractures, a severe periodontal (gum) disease.

Simple tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia using a simple technique, which usually does not give rise to complications if the dentist's recommendations for post-extraction are followed. There are 3 types of extractions:

Simple tooth extraction: local anesthesia (only in the area to be operated on) is put in and the tooth is extracted with the help of specific instruments.

Root extraction: this type of extraction is carried out when the crown of the tooth is damaged or destroyed by caries, trauma, etc.

Extraction of included teeth: it is carried out through a small surgical intervention anesthetizing the area locally to extract the tooth that has not yet erupted. This type of extraction is very common in wisdom teeth.


What Does a Simple Tooth Extraction Involve?

1.       Consultation for Simple Tooth Extraction

After you submit your request for information about simple tooth extraction, you will take an online consultation to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. During this consultation, your complaints about your oral health will be learned in detail and you will be asked if you have had any health condition which may hinder the process. Any medical information that affects this process will be useful for us to define your case and prepare a customized treatment plan for you.

2.       Planning Your Trip and Choosing the Clinic

In the second stage, you choose one of the dental clinics that we offer you according to your expectations, and also where we arrange the date and trip plan that suits you upon your preferred clinic/dentist.

3.       Final Consultation with Your Dentist

When you arrive at the dental clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your dentist who performs your simple tooth extraction procedure. Everything about your tooth extraction process will be discussed and decided by you and your dentist during this consultation. The dentist will make you understand what you should expect from your treatment and the potential risks or complications of it. You will also have an individualized recovery plan that can be followed, especially during the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. At this stage, you need to find the answers to all the questions you have in mind about the simple tooth extraction process. The dentist or clinic will explain the process clearly to make you feel comfortable and ready. 

4.       Medical Examinations

Before the surgery begins, your dentist will conduct physical and blood tests to make sure that you are in acceptable health status for the simple tooth extraction procedure. The dentist will determine all the measurements with the help of computer-based tools. Every patient is required to undergo medical tests before the procedure to ensure that nothing can hinder the success of the process and if any risk detected, dentists try to eliminate them first.

5.       Surgery

Simple tooth extractions are quick procedures and are performed in consultation with local anesthesia. The dentist uses the elevator and forceps to loosen the tooth and facilitate its extraction. Once the piece is out, the patient is asked to bite down on a sterile gauze pad to reduce bleeding until the wound coagulates, which will subsequently be treated with mild rinses and the administration of oral anti-inflammatory drugs.

After the extraction of a tooth, the patient can decide if he wants to have a dental implant to cover the extraction gap. If yes, the waiting time for the implant can be from 2 to 6 months, but there is an option in which the implant can be placed immediately after extraction.


What Should I Expect from Simple Tooth Extraction?

  • After tooth extraction, the dentist will prescribe an anti-inflammatory or antibiotic.
  • Regarding food, the first days after tooth extraction it is recommended to follow a soft diet, avoiding very hot food.
  • During the first days of tooth or tooth extraction, a soft diet should be followed and hard foods that may hinder healing should be avoided. It is a very common mistake to eat food in very small pieces since these pieces can enter the hole of the tooth or tooth extraction and cause an infection. It is also not recommended to take very hot food for 4/5 days after the extraction, rinse with warm water and salt to eliminate food that may remain in the extraction hole and not lead to infection. Salt also aids healing.
  •  It is also recommended not to ingest alcohol after the intervention and, in the case of smokers, to eliminate or try to greatly reduce tobacco consumption since it hinders healing.
  • It is essential to rinse with warm water and salt to promote soft tissue healing.



Is Simple Tooth Extraction Painful?

The discomfort experienced after the extraction of a tooth is normal, the discomfort decreases a few days after the intervention and can be reduced with the use of pain relievers and the application of ice to the face.

What Are the Tips to Facilitate Healing After Simple Tooth Extraction?

After having your teeth removed, it is advisable to follow a few simple rules to facilitate healing and avoid complications:

  • Immediately after a simple tooth extraction, you must maintain a gauze over the area to stop the bleeding. This will facilitate coagulation (blood clot).
  • For days after tooth extraction, eat soft foods that are neither too hot nor too cold. Also, avoid meals that are too high in salt or sugar.
  • Do not stick your tongue over the wound.
  • Do not do strenuous exercises within 48 hours. This increases blood pressure and may cause the clot to expel.
  • If you experience pain, do not hesitate to take painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
  • Do not smoke for at least 3 days as this increases the risk of hemorrhage and delays healing.
  • Do not brush your teeth on the extraction area too early (not before 24 hours).
  • Raise your head and rest.
  •  If your cheek is swollen, you can use an ice pack but do not place it directly on the skin.
  • Do not drink alcohol as it may irritate the mouth and sores.
  • Do not rinse your mouth with a mouthwash containing alcohol.



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