Extracted Tooth

Tooth Extraction

Some teeth are beyond repair as a result of damage, decay, or disease.

In these cases, your health and smile can be greatly improved by a tooth extraction

At River City Dental Solutions in San Antonio, TX, we make extractions as seamless as possible, while providing tooth replacement options.

What Is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth to improve oral health and function. Dentists often perform extractions to remove wisdom teeth. However, it is not just teens who may need extractions. It can be the right dentistry procedure to remedy a number of dental issues well into adulthood. You may need a tooth extraction to prevent infection, stop pain, prepare for desired dental procedures, and more.  

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Why Might Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Broken Beyond Repair

We offer many procedures that can bring a tooth back from the brink. However, in certain cases it is best to simply remove a significantly damaged tooth with extraction.

Severely Decayed

Untreated tooth decay can cause serious infection. If the decay occurs below the gum line, extraction may be the only solution to stop the spread of harmful bacteria. 


There may not be enough room in your jaw to properly accommodate all of your teeth. This can have negative effects on your smile and health, while preventing any tooth nearby from coming in properly. 

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth that do not grow in correctly cause a host of problems. These can include overcrowding, infection, and damage to roots and bones. They are also difficult to keep clean.

Remaining Baby Teeth

Sometimes our first teeth refuse to leave on their own. A baby tooth can block adult teeth from coming in naturally. 

Prepare Dental Implants

If you and your dentist decide on dental implants to replace a severely compromised tooth, a tooth extraction will be required prior to proceeding with the dental implants. 

What Can Happen If I Put Off Pulling a Tooth?

Leaving teeth in your mouth that should be removed puts you at an increased risk of infection. Gum swelling, oral soreness, and persistent pain in the mouth can all be signs you need a tooth extraction to restore your oral health and relieve discomfort. 

By taking care of the problem now, you can immediately begin moving towards a healthier mouth. Our San Antonio, TX, team can conduct a thorough exam to determine if an extraction is the correct dental procedure for you. If so, Dr. Perry can provide virtually painless treatment. 

To request a consultation and have any of your questions answered, fill out our contact form or give us a call. Your smile will thank you as soon as you come into our San Antonio office. 

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How Can I Replace My Tooth? 

River City Dental Solutions offers many options for replacing one or more extracted teeth, including implant-supported crownstraditional bridges, partial dentures, and more. Dr. Perry can discuss the best option for your unique case during a consultation

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Really took care of me and explained everything so patiently. They honestly made getting my tooth extracted a walk in the park.

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No pain, but plenty of gain! Seriously, I didn't feel a thing!

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Tooth Extraction Process

No dentist or oral surgeon should push you to pull a tooth. If we agree that extraction is the right way forward, your dentist will conduct either a simple or surgical extraction.

Simple Extraction

Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to the treatment area so it will be numb during the procedure. Then, they will use dental instruments to gently shift the tooth back and forth to loosen it. At this point, forceps will be used to raise the tooth up and out of your mouth. Finally, your dentist will apply gauze to the tooth area, controlling bleeding and creating the blood clot necessary to promote a healthy recovery. 

Surgical Extraction

Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend anesthesia to help you achieve deep relaxation throughout the procedure. Your dentist will incise any tissue necessary and may separate the tooth into smaller pieces. They will then complete the tooth extraction. Afterwards, they will suture the area shut and will ask you to bite down on gauze. This final step helps create the blood clot which protects your teeth and bones. 

Potential Risks

Any medical procedure carries some potential risk. Although rare, the most common risk associated with tooth extraction is dry socket. Dry socket can be caused if the blood clot is dislodged during your healing process. This is why we stress that you follow our recovery recommendations. If this problem does arise, we have all the skill and experience necessary to take care of it. 

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River City Dental Solutions

River City Dental Solutions

The team at River City Dental Solutions serves the needs of the greater San Antonio, TX, area with state-of-the-art technology and the latest innovative techniques. We can provide you and your family with beautiful smiles through a variety of procedures including:

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