Our Grand Haven dentists do everything in their power to save a tooth. However, sometimes tooth extraction is necessary to protect oral health. The sooner you see our emergency dentists for tooth pain, the more likely we’ll be able to avoid dental extraction. Otherwise, we may end up needing to do emergency tooth extraction as a last resort.

Why Extract a Tooth?

There are many reasons you may need a tooth extraction, including:

If you have any of these conditions, our dentist will outline your options and discuss tooth replacement options if you decide to have the tooth removed.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

How we extract your tooth will depend on whether it has erupted through the gum line. For example, you’ll need surgery for impacted wisdom teeth stuck beneath your gums. If the tooth is visible, our dentist will use a special tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth. Next, our tooth removal dentist will use forceps to remove the tooth from your mouth.

Before pulling teeth, our dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. That way, you won’t feel any pain during tooth removal.

After the procedure, you’ll have residual numbness that will fade away after a few hours. Our dentist will go over post-op instructions for aftercare and pain management. You’ll have to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery.

Having a tooth removed can seem scary, but it’s a very simple process. At Grand Haven Smiles, we’re happy to explain the procedure at your dental exam in order to help you make the best choice for your teeth. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI tooth removal dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.