Remove a Damaged or Decayed Tooth

Here at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group, we know surgical procedures, such as extractions, can be a little nerve-wracking. Our skilled professionals are here to put your mind at ease and make the experience as smooth and comfortable as possible.

What is Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure that involves removing a tooth or teeth from its location in the jaw bone. The goal of this procedure is to preserve or improve your overall dental health and eliminate any pain you are experiencing. A tooth extraction can be necessary for a number of reasons.

Decayed Tooth

If there is excessive decay of a tooth that extends to the area containing the nerves and blood vessels, known as the pulp, then an infection can occur. If the infection is not responding to antibiotics, then extraction may be necessary in order to avoid the occurrence of disease or further decay in the mouth.

Fractured Tooth

If a tooth has been broken or impacted beyond repair, then it likely will need to be removed in order to prevent infection or further oral complications.

Orthodontic Treatment

A tooth extraction is often a necessary step when working to correct teeth alignment. This is usually in order to make room for accurate positioning of the remaining teeth.


If you have too many teeth in your mouth it can cause issues when biting or chewing food and lead to crooked teeth.

Periodontal Disease

This is an infection in the bones and tissues supporting the teeth and if untreated can cause teeth to become loose.

Extraction Procedures at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group

Ahead of any possible tooth extractions at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group, you will first have an initial examination with the dentist. During this appointment, they may identify the need for an extraction as the best course of treatment for your unique oral needs.

If this is the case, the dentist may discuss your medical history with you and it is important that you disclose if you have any of the following conditions:

  • An artificial joint
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Damaged heart valve
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

Once the treatment has been confirmed, the dentist may recommend one of two extraction procedure options depending on the position and health of the tooth:

Simple Extraction

With this option, the area surrounding the tooth will be numbed with local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain. The tooth will then be loosened and removed with forceps.

Surgical Extraction

This procedure requires a small incision to be made into your gum, so you will likely receive either intravenous or general anesthesia to help you relax.

Recovering From a Tooth Extraction

It typically takes a couple of days up to a week to recover from a tooth extraction and the following practices can help you feel better faster and ensure treatment success:

  • Avoid smoking for 24 hours as this can delay the healing process.
  • Reduce any swelling by applying an ice pack to your cheek.
  • Try to take 24 hours to rest and relax and limit activities.
  • Stick to soft foods only for at least a day.
  • Prop your head up with pillows to avoid lying flat as this may cause bleeding.