Kerr Family Dental


For many people knowing that a tooth needs to be taken out can be a major source of anxiety. Dr. Kerr and the team at Kerr Family Dental want your experience to be as pleasant as possible. While some surgeries are more complex than others, we are committed to providing you with comfortable treatment every time!

There are many reasons why teeth need to be extracted. Obviously, we would like to save every tooth, but many times it isn't possible due to infection, not enough tooth structure left, unsuccessful root canal therapy, or you are getting full dentures and all remaining teeth need to be removed. Whatever the reason may be, Dr. Kerr will discuss all the options and the prognosis for each with you in order for you to make an informed decision about your dental care.

Simple vs. Surgical Extractions

The type of extraction that is needed depends on multiple factors. Some teeth are intact, some are impacted, and some people just have really dense bone. Simple extractions, as you may have guessed, are more straightforward and simpler. Simple extractions are used for teeth that have already erupted (grown through) the gums. Surgical extractions usually require more time and effort and may even require stitches. Even though Dr. Kerr has a lot of experience taking out teeth, there are some situations where an oral surgeon is better suited to perform the procedure. If you prefer to be sedated for your extraction or it is more complicated, we can refer you to a wonderful oral surgeon and will communicate with them regarding your care.

Post-Op Care

There are some things you can do before your extraction that will help you be prepared for the next few days after your treatment. Stocking up on some soft, easy to eat foods like yogurt, pudding, mashed potatoes, and Jell-O is always a good idea.  

One of the most common complications after an extraction is a dry socket. A few things that will help you avoid this is biting on gauze after the extraction to ensure a good blood clots forms in the socket. Stay away from straws and smoking because that can cause a pressure change that will dislodge the clot and delay healing. If you do develop a dry socket please call our office so we can examine it and put some medicine in that will ease your discomfort.

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If you have been prescribed any medications, please take them as directed. We will discuss all of the post-op information with you to help you be as comfortable as possible during the healing process. If you forget any of the information or have any additional questions after you leave the office, don't hesitate to give us a call.

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