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Teeth Extractions

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Tooth extractions are very useful and can help prevent a myriad of problems. Ideally, we’d be able to save every one of your teeth, but sometimes that is simply not possible. In these cases, a tooth extraction may be the most viable treatment. It is often used as a last resort or an essential preventive measure. Your dentist in Lincoln, NE at Pioneer Greens Dentistry will be able to make you as comfortable as possible when performing your tooth extraction.

Common Reasons for Extractions

A tooth often needs to be extracted because it has become too badly damaged from trauma or decay. This means that there is not enough viable dental structure to support a restoration like a dental crown or filling. Some other common reasons are:

What To Expect When Getting a Tooth Extracted

Most people’s initial thought about tooth extraction is that it is going to hurt. This is not the case with modern dentistry. Before every tooth extraction, you will be numbed using local anesthesia so that you will not experience any physical discomfort. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, this involves an incision on your gums, so you will be given strong general anesthetic to assure that you will sleep through the entire procedure.

Dr. Chris or Dr. Claire Haag will extract the tooth by using forceps to gently grasp it and rock it back and forth. This gradually loosens the tooth so that it is easier to remove, and is a much milder experience for the patient than simply pulling. A tooth may need to be extracted in pieces if it is particularly difficult to remove.

Afterward, a gauze pad will be packed into the empty socket and you’ll be asked to bite down. This will help manage the bleeding. If you have had your wisdom teeth extracted, you will have self-dissolving stitches placed in your gums to close the incisions.  


Following a tooth extraction, you may experience some slight soreness. You can take a few simple steps to minimize your discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and help speed up your recovery:

The healing period usually takes about one to two weeks. At this point, you can talk to your dentist in Lincoln, NE about replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant, fixed bridge, or denture.

Any Questions?

If you would like to know more about extractions, how they work, and how they can help you, please give us a call today. We’re always available to answer any of your questions.