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Tooth Extractions

a tooth being extracted with dental forceps

A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that removes a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth from its socket in the bone. Our dentists will only recommend a tooth be extracted if all other options to restore the tooth are ruled out.

About Extractions

When are tooth extractions necessary?

A tooth extraction may be needed when a patient is experiencing pain, swelling, or discomfort. Although many interventions are available for repairing or restoring a tooth with minor decay, there are times when a tooth must be extracted for the overall health and comfort of the patient. 

Signs a Tooth Extraction May be needed:

  • Tooth trauma from an incident

  • Severe decay

  • Periodontal disease

  • Overcrowding

  • Impacted Teeth


At Townsley Family Dentistry in Foley, AL, Dr. Townsley and Dr. Richardson will discuss your condition and treatment plan thoroughly before recommending an extraction.

What is a tooth extraction like?

When a tooth or teeth require extraction, the dentist will first give the patient an anesthetic injection in the surrounding area of the tooth. The tooth is then loosened through the use of an instrument called an elevator. You will not feel pain during this process, but you will likely experience the sensation of pressure that is being put on your tooth and bone.

At Townsley Family Dentistry, our team offers various options for sedation dentistry in order to ensure every patient is as comfortable as possible during the procedure. If you have questions or concerns about the sedation dentistry options available during your tooth extraction, please discuss your questions and concerns with the dentist during your next visit.

How long is recovery from a tooth extraction?

After having a tooth extraction, it will take a few days to recover fully.

What should I eat after a tooth extraction?

For the first 24 hours, do not rinse your mouth, drink from a straw, or eat solid foods. Slowly introduce solid foods after the first day and avoid the extraction site when brushing and flossing. 

How much pain will I experience?

It is normal to feel some pain and experience some swelling after the procedure, especially when the anesthesia wears off. This should be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. 

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