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Tooth Extraction

Who wants to think of tooth extractions? This is not something "fun" and is intimidating to all of us. But as far as surgery is concerned, this is truly one of the easiest and least painful ones. Think of it this way, if you need to have something removed, a mole or an appendix, these always involve cutting, stitches and in case of the appendix, hospitalization. Not so for tooth extractions. Most simple tooth extractions are done under a local anesthetic, don't even require stitches and you will be done and out within the hour. Don't suffer from a tooth ache, even if you suspect the tooth needs to be removed, give West Allis Dental a call today at 414-258-2500 and become pain free.

Why remove teeth?

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed.

  • Damaged beyond reasonable repair
  • Malformation of the tooth
  • Not fitting in the mouth
  • To make room for braces
  • Prosthetic - a tooth next to a bridge may simply not fit well with the bridge due to rotation or other issues
  • Cosmetic
  • Severe gum disease
  • Radiation treatment - neck or head radiation treatment can have teeth in the way

What is involved in tooth extraction?

The doctor numbs the patient and loosens or cuts the gums around the tooth.  They will then get a grip on the tooth and remove it.  Depending on how the tooth came out is whether or not the patient will need stitches.  If it was a simple extraction they may not need them.  It takes the gums about two weeks to heal and the bone about six weeks to heal.  The assistant will give instructions on how to take care of the area during that time. 

Simple extractions are done by our dentists but sometimes, frequently with wisdom teeth, there is no room for those teeth to come in and they are "stuck" in the bone, which can cause significant damage to other teeth and/or pain. These types of extractions require an oral surgeon, who will make a small cut and lift the tooth out of the bone. West Allis Dental has a number of great oral surgeons we work with and we will help you select the very best one.


Best things to do:

  • Take the recommended pain, and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice the area
  • Take it easy,
  • If laying down, do not lay flat, keep your head up a little
  • Eat soft foods for a few days
  • Continue to gently brush your other teeth
  • Don't smoke
  • Don't "explore" the extraction area with your tongue

Long-Established Dental Practice
WADC has been practicing dentistry in the Milwaukee area and West Allis since 1979.
Oral Health is Total Health
A recent American Dental Association study shows that dental health is closely linked to your overall health.