Tooth Extractions in Red Bluff


An extraction is when we need to remove a tooth because it is not salvageable or in preparation for some other necessary dental treatment. Teeth that are severely damaged, decayed, or infected need to be removed when restorative treatments like a root canal cannot restore the tooth’s health. 

If a tooth is impacted, it is trapped behind the gums and needs to be surgically removed. Other instances where extractions may be necessary include overcrowding in the mouth or when a patient needs to wear orthodontics like braces but does not have enough room in the mouth to straighten their teeth. 

Extractions are only performed as a last resort. We will then help you replace any teeth that need to be replaced with a variety of tooth restoration options. Contact us at Stroing and White Dental today to schedule an appointment.

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All pain and discomfort should subside within a week of your extraction.


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At your consultation, the dentist will examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine if an extraction is the necessary course of action.

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When a tooth needs to be surgically removed, we make an incision into the gums and then section the tooth (cut it into fragments).

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A dental tool known as an elevator is used to sever the ligaments in the socket, which loosens the tooth.

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After the tooth is completely loose in the socket, we can grab a firm hold of it with forceps and remove it. Sutures are usually used for surgical extractions.


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A basic tooth extraction is a simple procedure performed when a tooth that is visible above the gum line needs to be removed. The recovery time is much shorter for this type of extraction and typically requires no or minimal sedation. We will loosen the tooth with an elevator and remove it with forceps.

Wisdom Teeth

When it comes to removing wisdom teeth, it depends on if they are impacted or not. Most wisdom teeth need to be removed because they are impacted, infected, or erupting improperly. A surgical extraction is then necessary to gain access to the tooth. 

This may also be necessary if your tooth has broken off at the gum line or if you have other impacted teeth. An incision is made into the gums, additional bone tissue may be cut, and then the tooth is sectioned into smaller fragments. 

From there, we loosen and remove the tooth in the same way. Additional sedation is typically used, such as general anesthesia.

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It takes about 3-4 weeks for your soft tissue to be completely healed after an extraction.

Have questions about TOOTH EXTRACTIONS? Find answers here.

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How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extractions take between two to four weeks to heal. The dentist will usually recommend rest for the first two days after the procedure. This means no extraneous activities, including working out or hard physical labor. They may also prescribe store-bought pain medication to manage any pain and discomfort you might feel after the procedure.

While recovering, stick to a diet of soft foods and cool liquids. Hard foods are difficult to chew, and tiny particles might irritate the extraction site. You should also avoid using a straw or smoking since doing so might create pressure within the mouth, causing dry socket. This occurs when you dislodge the blood clot on the extraction site, exposing the nerves and causing extreme pain. This also prolongs the healing period.

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What Should I Avoid Doing After a Tooth Extraction?

Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after tooth extraction. Smoking creates pressure in the mouth that can lead to dry socket. Cigarette smoke can also aggravate the extraction wound and prolong healing. Also, avoid using a straw or sucking on hard candy since doing so can dislodge the clot and cause excruciating pain. In addition to the above, you should also avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol. Instead, gently swish warm salt solution around your mouth to rinse away food particles.

Are Tooth Extractions Painful?

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No, tooth extractions aren’t painful, and patients rarely experience pain throughout the procedure. Dentists use anesthesia to numb the pain and ensure a seamless procedure. Most dentists inject local anesthesia in the gums near the affected tooth to stop nerve activity in that area. However, some patients might require general anesthesia, which knocks them out completely.

Either way, you won’t feel any pain during the entire process. However, you might feel a bit of pressure and the dentist’s tool scraping your teeth, but absolutely no pain. Your mouth might feel sore with slight pain once the tooth is extracted. This is completely normal, and the dentist will prescribe pain medication to help keep the pain in check.

What Foods Can I/Can’t I Eat After the Tooth Extraction?

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Limit your diet to soft food like pudding, noodles, eggs, and mashed potatoes. Also, drink plenty of fluids, especially water and natural fruit juices. However, avoid anything too acidic, or it might irritate the wound, causing pain and disrupting healing. You should also steer clear of alcohol and carbonated drinks as they also upset healing.

Stay away from hard, crunchy, and spicy foods. The hard food particles might get stuck on the wound, irritating it and causing extreme pain. Spicy food is very harsh on the wound and completely disrupts healing. Also, limit your consumption of foods that require extensive chewing. Although it’s okay to chew with one side, you might get carried away and chew with the wounded side. The pressure will reverse all the healing progress you have made.