What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Tooth Extraction

by | Apr 17, 2021 | Blog Posts

What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure wherein your dentist surgically removes one or more of your teeth. Understandably, the thought of getting a tooth removed might make you uneasy, but learning more about your upcoming procedure (or any procedure) will help ease your worries!

As a dentist performing tooth extractions in Webster, NY, Empire Dental Care is here to explain exactly how to prepare for your tooth extraction, as well as what to expect during and after the procedure.

Why Would Someone Need a Tooth Extracted?

There are a variety of reasons why someone may need a tooth extraction. A tooth may need to be extracted due to damage, to make room for other teeth, or due to irreparable decay or periodontitis.

Removing a tooth is often the last resort. Your dentist will explain your options and why he or she feels that removing a tooth is the best option for your oral health.

How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

When scheduling a tooth extraction in Webster, it is important to inform your dentist about any medications (including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements) that you take. You will also need to go over any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer, or any autoimmune disorders.

Review the pre-procedure protocols with your dentist to be sure you are prepared for your procedure. If you are feeling ill on the day of your procedure, let your dental care team know as early as possible, as you will likely need to reschedule the tooth extraction.

And, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your dental team is here to address any concerns you may have.

What to Expect During the Procedure

For most extractions, the removal of the tooth is performed under local anesthetic as your dentist removes the tooth.  You should be able to drive home by yourself right after your procedure.

Aftercare for a Tooth Extraction

After your procedure, it is normal (and common) to feel some discomfort in the area from where your tooth was extracted.

Your dentist will instruct you how to properly care for your newly (but temporarily) sensitive areas in your mouth. These instructions may include:

  • Abstaining from rinsing your mouth out for 24 hours after your procedure. Your dentist may recommend that you gently rinse with salt water after the 24 hours have passed.
  • Avoiding smoking or using a straw. Using a straw or smoking may cause a condition called dry socket.
  • Eating only soft foods for up to a week post-procedure (think mashed potatoes).
  • Taking pain medication as directed by your dentist. Complicated surgical extractions may require prescription pain medication. Your dentist will discuss post-procedure pain management with you before your appointment.

Gentle Dentistry in Webster

At Empire Dental Care, we specialize in providing the most comfortable, gentle, pain-free dentistry possible. Our compassionate staff understands that many of our patients may have had less-than-positive experiences with dental care, but we’re here to change how you feel about going to the dentist!

Contact our office at (585) 671-1650 or fill out our contact form and let us show you why your friends and neighbor choose Empire Dental Care for pain-free tooth extractions in Webster, NY!


Dr. Cohen has been practicing dentistry in private and public settings for over 10 years, completing her DMD degree in 2010 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Committed to providing dental care of the highest level, Dr. Cohen relocated to Rochester in 2016 to pursue advanced dental trainings at the Dental Urgent Care Fellowship at The University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, graduating in 2017, and the AEGD Residency program in 2019. She recently completed an additional advanced General Practice Residency program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany NY. This summer she moved back to Rochester with her husband Kevin, a native Rochesterian, to be closer to family. Throughout her career and personal life, Dr. Cohen has shown her genuine compassion and care to people and patients from all walks of life. She volunteered in underserved areas, practiced in clinics for patients with complex special needs, and treated medically compromised patients among others. She also taught and mentored other dentists and students helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. Most of all, Dr. Cohen’s warm personality and love of people create a welcoming, comfortable feeling for both patients and staff.