Extractions at Christiana Dental Center

Teeth extractions can be necessary for a variety of reasons, including infections, decay, accidents, orthodontic preparation, medical issues, wisdom teeth and more.


There are two types of extractions; simple and surgical extractions. Each are fairly easy to differentiate, especially by their names.

A simple extraction: This type of extraction is performed on a tooth that can be visibly seen with the eye. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. After this is complete, then the dentist will use a pair of forceps to fully remove the tooth. Of course, you will be under some sort of anesthetic so you won’t feel your tooth being detached.

A surgical extraction: This type of tooth extraction is a bit more complex. This process is typically utilized if a tooth has been broken or has an unusual position in your mouth. For instance, wisdom teeth typically have to be removed due to their perpendicular position to the rest of your teeth. For a surgical extraction, you will be referred to a specialist.


Our office at Christiana Dental Center will give you detailed instructions on what to do and what to expect after your tooth extraction. You can expect some mild discomfort after even simple extractions, so it is best to get some rest afterward. We recommend over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen for any aches or discomfort. Ice packs are also helpful, especially for swelling.

After an extraction, you’ll be asked to bite on a piece of gauze, allowing the blood to clot. Make sure not to disturb the clot that forms on the wound.

For more information about teeth extractions at Christiana Dental Center, call us today.