What You Need To Know About Tooth Extractions

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Preserving your teeth is a dentist’s top priority because natural teeth make chewing, biting, and speaking effortless, but there are occasions where teeth need to be removed. While it is common for adults to have their wisdom teeth removed, when and why are tooth extractions necessary?

If you’re battling about whether to see a dentist about a chipped or cracked tooth, don’t hesitate! At East Pershing Dental in Cheyenne, we want to preserve your natural smile if at all possible, and provide tooth extraction dental care if necessary. Join us in today’s post as we navigate what you need to know about tooth extractions!

Why Are Tooth Extractions Needed?

A dentist will work to preserve your natural smile through other avenues such as a crown or filling, but in certain scenarios such as serious tooth decay, a tooth infection, or overcrowding, a tooth extraction may be warranted. A tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon as an outpatient service that involves general, local, IV anesthesia — or a combination of the three.

A tooth extraction involves removing a damaged tooth from its socket in the jaw bone in one of two procedures including:

  • A simple extraction – This is a basic dental tooth extraction where the tooth or teeth are visible.
  • A complex or surgical extraction – This type of tooth extraction is more a more involved tooth extraction where teeth are broken, impacted, or beneath the surface.  

More scenarios a tooth extraction may be needed include:

  • Leftover baby teeth that didn’t fall out and the need to create room for the incoming permanent teeth
  • Those undergoing radiation in the head or neck
  • Infected teeth as a result of cancer medication
  • Wisdom teeth

What To Expect At Your Tooth Extraction Appointment

Many people have justified anxieties when it comes to dental procedures and tooth extractions are no exception, but when you know general information about the procedure it can help prepare you mentally for the upcoming appointment.


Before you have your actual tooth extraction, your dentist will likely take an x-ray of your tooth for a better diagnosis and clearer picture about what is going on below the surface. Talk to your dentist about any medications or supplements you’re taking, and they can address any issues or complications they may pose.


Your tooth extraction procedure will either be a simple or surgical procedure.

Simple tooth extraction – With a simple tooth extraction you will typically receive a local anesthetic that numbs your tooth and the surrounding areas so you will only feel pressure, but no pain. The dentist will then extract the tooth with an elevator and forceps to complete the procedure.

Surgical extraction – This tooth extraction procedure is more involved and you may likely receive both an IV anesthesia and local anesthesia — one helps you relax and stay calm, while the other will numb your mouth so you don’t feel pain. The tooth is then removed by a small incision in your gum — some require removing bone before the tooth can be removed.   

When a filling or crown are unable to fix a damaged tooth, a tooth extraction may be the best course of treatment. A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that removes a tooth by a simple or surgical procedure to ensure the health of your mouth.

For more information about our tooth extraction procedure or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today!

Zack Christopherson, DDS

Zack Christopherson, DDS

Dr. Zachary Christopherson completed his dental degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentists. Dr. Christopherson has served Cheyenne as the owner of East Pershing Dental since 2017.