How do I know I need an emergency extraction?

Dental emergencies can happen at any time and sometimes require an emergency extraction. How do you know when it's necessary? In this article, we will explore the telltale signs of a dental emergency and answer the question: when should I go in for an emergency extraction?

When to Visit a Dental Office for an Emergency Extraction

It's common for patients to experience dental emergencies, and you may think that only a cracked or severely decayed tooth needs extraction. However, you may need an emergency extraction for many reasons. Here are some of the common signs you may need an emergency tooth extraction:


If you're experiencing pain in your mouth that won't go away even after taking over-the-counter medications, it's likely time for a visit to the dentist.


If you have any swelling in your gums or cheeks due to an abscess or trauma, visit the dentist immediately for an emergency extraction. A swollen jaw also indicates a serious underlying problem and should be treated immediately.


Bleeding from the gums is always a cause for concern and should not be overlooked. If you notice that your gums are bleeding more than usual or have an open sore on your gum line that won't stop bleeding, head to the dentist immediately. This can be a sign of an infected or loose tooth that must be removed.

The Process of an Emergency Extraction

Your dentist will begin by using local anesthesia or sedation to numb the area where the tooth will be extracted. This will help minimize pain and make the procedure more comfortable for you.

In addition, before your tooth is removed, your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to determine the best way to remove the tooth. Afterward, your dentist will use special tools to gently pry the tooth from its socket before removing it from your mouth.

The dentist will then prescribe pain medication if needed and provide instructions on properly caring for the extraction site so it can heal properly and quickly. Following these instructions will help ensure no further complications or issues arise.

Follow Up Care After a Dental Emergency Extraction

Your dentist may ask you to come in for a post-operative appointment to check your health after the extraction. During this appointment, they will assess and address any post-surgical pain, swelling, or bruising you may be experiencing and clean the area to ensure no new infection risks.

The appointment also allows your dentist to reevaluate your overall dental health and understand how to preserve it better and avoid future dental emergencies. The doctor might advise brushing and flossing regularly, practicing good oral hygiene, and scheduling regular dental visits for professional cleaning.

Schedule a Consultation Today

You may need an emergency extraction if you're experiencing severe pain, swelling, or bleeding. Contact our office to book an appointment with us today. Dr. Pegah Naji will do her best to relieve your discomfort and help you get on the road to recovery.

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