A closeup of a dentist performing a tooth extraction on a patient


Ideally, we always try to preserve your natural teeth, but extractions become necessary if the affected tooth is damaged beyond repair. If this is the case for you, our team is happy to help you achieve a full and healthy smile!

Types of Tooth Extractions

A simple extraction removes everything above the gumline. During this procedure, your dentist will loosen the tooth from its socket before pulling it out.

A surgical extraction removes the tooth and what lies below the gumline. This procedure requires an incision in your gum to access the entire tooth, which may also need to be removed in sections.

Reasons You May Need a Tooth to be Pulled 

Tooth extractions become necessary if other forms of treatment fail or cannot be performed. Removing the tooth can protect the rest of your mouth from further damage, especially if you already have an infection. Below are some of the main reasons we may need to perform an extraction:

  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Impacted teeth
  • Irreparable tooth damage
  • Untreated tooth decay
  • Advanced gum disease

Recovering from a Tooth Extraction

Recovery after an extraction should be as smooth as possible. First, you’ll want to control the bleeding as much as possible by biting down on gauze, a clean piece of cotton, or a tea bag for 15 to 20 minutes. Get plenty of rest during the first few days after your surgery, and make sure to only eat soft foods until everything heals.

Afterward, talk to our dentist about scheduling an appointment to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant.

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction in Smyrna, TN?

If you need a tooth extraction, Bratten Dental is happy to help. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists!