Tooth Extractions

While Dr. Cain strives to save patients’ natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes a tooth becomes so damaged or weakened that extracting it is the best option. Teeth also may need to be removed, or extracted, for other reasons. Regardless of the reason why you may need to have one or more teeth extracted, rest assured that Dr. Cain will take steps to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.

What to Expect

Knowing what to expect before you have one or more teeth extracted can help alleviate any anxiety that you may have about the procedure.

Prior to the procedure, Dr. Cain will talk to you about a gentle dental sedation option, like nitrous oxide or oral sedation, to help you feel relaxed throughout your extraction. First, Dr. Cain will numb the area around your tooth with an anesthetic. Once your mouth is numb, he will extract the tooth. Once he has removed the tooth, Dr. Cain will place a gauze pad in your mouth over the tooth socket. You will be instructed to bite down on the gauze until the bleeding stops, and the area begins to clot.

Immediately after the extraction, and as the anesthetic wears off, your mouth probably will feel sore. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help. You will need to avoid brushing and biting down on the area around the extraction for 24 hours or so, until it begins to heal. Also avoid drinking through straws, because any suction could dislodge the protective clot that forms in the socket. While this is not necessarily a dental emergency, it is quite painful.

Most patients have no complications after a tooth extraction. But if the clot dislodges, it can cause a painful condition called dry socket. If this occurs, then contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.