Extraction Specialist

Saint Mary Family Dental -  - Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Saint Mary Family Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Board Certified Periodontist located in Whittier, CA

Having a tooth pulled may not be anyone’s favorite dental procedure, but it’s sometimes the best course of action. For those in Whittier, California, who need a tooth extraction, the care of the clinical team of St. Mary Family Dental is a valuable resource. If you suspect you may need one or more teeth pulled, call the office to schedule an appointment. Online booking is also available, making it easy to find a time that fits your busy life.

Extraction Q & A

When is tooth extraction necessary?

One of the more common tooth extractions is to remove impacted wisdom teeth. This process is something of a rite of passage for many American teens and young adults, and it can be completed with relative ease. 

Other reasons a tooth extraction may be necessary include:

  • To make room if your teeth are overly crowded
  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment
  • If a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair
  • To prepare for a dental implant, bridgework, or dentures
  • To control or reduce the risk of infection


The team at St. Mary Family Dental makes every effort to restore or otherwise save your natural teeth. In some cases, however, tooth extraction is the best treatment option.

What is the process for a tooth extraction?

Depending on the location of your tooth and the estimated difficulty of the extraction process, you’ll receive either local or general anesthesia. Either way, you won’t feel pain during your procedure. 

Once you’re numb, your dentist uses dental tools called forceps to grasp the tooth. If your tooth is impacted, meaning it is partially or wholly under the gumline, the overlying gum tissue is removed with a scalpel before this step. 

Next, the tooth is gently rocked back and forth to loosen the connection to your jawbone and the ligaments securing the tooth in place. In some cases, a tooth must be broken into smaller pieces to remove it more easily.

How should I prepare for a tooth extraction?

It’s important to share your full health history with your dentist before having a tooth extraction. Inform your dental team if you have:

  • Liver disease
  • Artificial joints
  • History of bacterial endocarditis
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system


If you’re a smoker, one of the best things you can do to boost your healing process is to quit a few weeks before your appointment. Smoking not only harms circulation and healing but it also negatively affects your dental and overall health. 

You should also be prepared to follow all of your post-extraction care instructions to ease the healing process. You’ll need to avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for a day or so to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms at the site of the extraction. Fortunately, gum tissue heals incredibly fast, so you’ll be back to your normal routines in no time. 

If you or a loved one needs a tooth extraction, call the office or schedule an appointment online.