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Behind the Scenes: What Happens When a Dentist Removes a Tooth?

Have you ever been curious about what goes on when a dentist says, "We need to remove this tooth"? Or maybe the idea makes you a bit nervous. Either way, let's pull back the curtain and see what's going on behind the scenes!

Pre-extraction steps:

  1. X-rays: Like a treasure map shows where treasure is buried, an X-ray shows the dentist where the tooth is and how it's placed.

  2. Anesthesia: This is the magic potion that ensures you don't feel pain during the extraction. You will be given a local anesthetic (numbing the area of the tooth). Just Pull It also offers sedation for patients with severe dental anxiety.

  3. Patient Preparation: The dentist will make sure you're comfy and answer any last-minute questions. They're there to help!

The Extraction Process:

  1. Simple Extraction: For teeth that are visible and easy to remove, the dentist uses tools to grasp the tooth and wiggle it out.

  2. Surgical Extraction: Some teeth, like those pesky wisdom ones, might be harder to access. In such cases, a minor surgical procedure might be needed to remove the tooth.

Post-extraction Care:

  1. Blood Clots: After the tooth is out, a blood clot forms in the socket. It's like nature's band-aid. It's crucial not to disturb it, especially in the first 24 hours.

  2. Wound Care: You will receive post-op instructions to your cell phone, email and on paper. This includes eating soft foods, no straws, and gentle rinsing.

  3. Potential Follow-ups: Sometimes, you might need to pop back to the dentist to make sure everything's healing well. Give us a call if that's the case at 352-833-7855 and we can see you the same day you call.

Tooth extractions might seem scary, but they're a regular part of dental care. Remember, dentists have trained for years to make sure they can help your teeth and you in the best way possible. Trust in their skills, ask questions if you're curious, and know that they have your best smile at heart!

Give us a call at 352-833-7855 to schedule, or book online at

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