Tooth Extractions

Fast, Pain-Free Tooth Extractions in Michigan

At Southfield Family Dental Center, we do everything we can to preserve your teeth.

But sometimes the best solution is to remove it. Our dentists will clearly explain your options before you decide if a tooth extraction is the best one.

If you have a tooth causing you an extreme amount of pain, a tooth that is severely damaged, or you have a wisdom tooth that is crowding your other teeth and causing you discomfort, it may need to be removed. Once extracted, we can replace it with a dental implant.

We Have Qualified Dentists and Oral Surgeons on Staff Who Specialize in Tooth Extractions

If you need to have one or more teeth removed, a dentist or oral surgeon will perform the procedure. Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A basic tooth removal can be performed with a local anesthetic while you’re awake. For more serious issues, such as an impacted wisdom tooth, the oral surgeon may recommend sedation. In either case, we have the technology and the specialists who can perform the procedure in-house.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Gauze will be placed over the stitches for you to gently bite down on to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge.

After your recovery period, you may need to return to your dentist office to have your stitches removed. Some stitches dissolve over time, and some need be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed.

What to Expect After Surgery

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days.

The following actions will help speed your recovery:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (237 mL)] of warm water.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat soft foods like gelatin, pudding or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

Affordable Tooth Extractions from a Qualified Dentist

If your dentist is recommending you have a tooth removed, you need a qualified and caring dentist or oral surgeon to do it. At Southfield Family Dental Center, we have dentists, oral surgeons and dental specialists, all under one roof. We’ve been performing safe, sterile, pain-free tooth extractions since 1988. We use the latest techniques and technology to remove your tooth with the least amount of discomfort and the least amount of recovery time. For more information about our tooth removal procedures, call us. We are available to answer any questions about cost, recovery and options.