Peak Health Dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska

Giving You Something to Smile About
(907) 337-0304

Peak Health Dentistry
at Gentle Care

6611 DeBarr Road, Suite 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
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(907) 337-0304


Hours of Operation:

Monday 7AM–7PM
Tuesday 7AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM-7PM
Friday 7AM-2PM

Oral Surgery: Tooth Extractions

In dentistry, an extraction is the removal of a tooth. There are several reasons why we may recommend an extraction including:

  • Disease /infection of the tooth or gums
  • Trauma
  • Crowding

Sometimes your dentist will recommend that you have your wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, removed to prevent future problems such as; bone loss, root resorption (which is the breakdown or destruction of the tooth’s root structure) and caries formation (tooth decay or cavities) of the 2nd molars, around the wisdom teeth. This will be recommended particularly if your wisdom teeth are not functional or you cannot keep them clean (they are hard to reach!).

What should I expect if I get an extraction?

Your dentist will begin by numbing the area where the tooth is being extracted, to minimize any discomfort. Then, he/she will advise you of a regimen to follow during healing. You can expect a small amount of bleeding. A blood clot will fill in the bone where the tooth root was.

How can I make my recovery easier?

  • Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
  • Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Follow the diet your dentist suggests.
  • For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently.
  • If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your dentist right away.
  • Ask your dentist about pain medication.
  • You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.

Tooth extractions, along with modern dental procedures and follow up care will result in better overall health and comfort.

This information is adapted from the American Dental Association.