Your guide to low-risk, stress-free simple tooth extractions

Removing a badly decayed or damaged tooth doesn’t have to inspire dread. Natural teeth that can’t be preserved with procedures such as root canal therapy may be extracted precisely, gently, painlessly, and quickly with simple tooth extractions at the practice of Sanjay Dhir, DDS in San Diego, California. As their name suggests, “simple” extractions are a straightforward, light-touch alternative to surgical extractions. 

The first step to restoring a healthy, attractive smile 

Generally, teeth that are badly broken or damaged due to sports injuries and other trauma may not be appropriate candidates for root canal treatment to “save” the natural tooth. Likewise, if a tooth has suffered from severe decay, it may not be successfully treated with root canal therapy. Tooth decay is a progressive condition. If it is not resolved with restorative treatment, decay can inflame the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue at the center of the teeth (the pulp). Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp tissue. The tooth’s center is cleaned, sealed off, and typically restored to its brilliant appearance, strength, and structure with a dental crown. 

If most of the tooth structure remains intact, Dr. Dhir may remove it by using low forces, specialized instruments, a gentle hand, and precision techniques. When the tooth is mainly sound and visible above the gum line, it can be lifted and loosened with an “elevator,” a special dental tool. Forceps are then used to carefully free the tooth from the attachments or ligaments that surround the tooth’s base at the gum line and hold it securely in place. 

If the teeth are badly broken, and most of the structure is not visible, a surgical extraction may be required. This alternative involves accessing the tooth through well-planned openings that are made precisely in the tissue. An example of a surgical extraction includes impacted wisdom teeth that don’t have sufficient room to break through the gums properly. These teeth become trapped in the jaw underneath the gums. Removal is necessary to resolve pain and prevent complications. 


Less invasive procedures are generally associated with minimal side effects and fast healing. So, simple extractions are “well-tolerated” by patients. With that being said, some bleeding, swelling, or discomfort is not uncommon. We will provide clear instructions on how to relieve or manage these side effects and avoid complications such as dry socket. The blood clot that forms at the extraction site can become dislodged when patients use straws, smoke, or rinse forcefully. Also, try to resist “messing with” the extraction site. Doing so can aggravate the area and interfere with a healthy, speedy healing. Also, our instructions will recommend certain foods following treatment. Primarily, it’s necessary to refrain from consuming very hot drinks or foods or chewy and hard items. Stick to options like yogurt or soup. 

To find out more about what to expect before, during, and after removing a tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dhir. During your visit, we will also discuss great options for tooth replacement as needed. Call our San Diego, CA office today at (858) 358-5801.