Tooth Removal & Dental Extractions | Surgical Arts Centre


While tooth extraction carries with it many negative connotations and emotions, our team does everything in our power to make the process positive, comfortable, uncomplicated, painless, and efficient.

- Dr. Taylor -

What to expect during your tooth extraction procedure and recovery

Before your tooth removal procedure, you will meet with your doctor to discuss all aspects of the surgery, from your medical history and dental history to your questions and concerns about the procedure. Although most patients choose to be asleep during surgery, local anesthesia may also be an option. Your doctor will discuss his recommendations for your specific situation with you.

During the procedure, your surgeon will usually sedate you before beginning the tooth removal. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your extraction, he may need to make an incision to expose the tooth and jawbone. He may also need to break the tooth into smaller segments before removing it. After the tooth is removed, he will clean the socket, stitch your gums if necessary, and place gauze in the area to help a blood clot form.

After your tooth extraction, you may feel groggy, swollen, and tender. If you were sedated or placed under general anesthesia, you will need a ride home from a friend or family member.

Depending on the number of teeth you had extracted and whether or not they were impacted, you may miss one to five days of work or school in order to rest and recover. Also depending upon the details of your tooth removal, you may need to follow a soft food diet for a number of days or weeks. If you feel pain or discomfort after the procedure, our medical staff will walk you through home treatments (such as ice packs) and provide you with prescription pain medication if necessary.

Meet your surgeons

R.F. John Holtzen, D.M.D. is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Clark O. Taylor, M.D., D.D.S. is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and has served as an examiner for both specialty boards.