Tooth Extraction Q & A

When are tooth extractions recommended?


In many situations, Dr. Zharkina can save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. For example, a root canal may provide a viable solution for saving a decaying or infected tooth. However, extraction may be the best option for some issues, such as:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth

  • Overcrowded teeth

  • Teeth that are broken or decayed below the gumline

  • Advanced periodontal disease

Though a tooth extraction may sound unpleasant and unappealing, Dr. Zharkina uses techniques to put you at ease and provides advanced prosthodontic solutions to restore your smile.


What happens during a tooth extraction?

Dr. Zharkina has you rest comfortably in an exam room for the extraction. Once you’re both ready, she numbs the treatment area, so you don’t feel any pain during the removal.


After the anesthetic kicks in, Dr. Zharkina uses various specialized tools to lift the tooth from the root and separate it into pieces. After pulling the entire tooth, Dr. Zharkina sews the opening shut and applies gauze to the treatment area.


You may have to hold the gauze pad in your mouth for up to an hour to control bleeding. A blood clot should form over the treatment site, and you may need to take extra precautions against dislodging the clot.


Dr. Zharkina provides follow-up recommendations and may provide a prescription for pain medication. You may need to adjust your diet and rinse your mouth periodically while your gums heal. Be sure to discuss your goals for treatment with Dr. Zharkina so she can set up any follow-up procedures.


What can I do to fill the gap in my teeth?

If your extraction involves overcrowded or wisdom teeth, you probably won’t need a replacement tooth. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Zharkina offers many restorative options for missing teeth that do affect your smile.


You may choose to explore some of the following restorative options to replace your missing tooth:

  • Dental implants

  • Bridge and crowns

  • Partial dentures

Dr. Zharkina specializes in creating aesthetically-pleasing, fully-functional smiles.


If you have a tooth that needs to be pulled, contact InStyle Dental by calling the office or using the online booking tool.