A tooth extraction is actually a routine procedure with a very low risk of long-term complications. The procedure is painless when performed by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon.

Causes for Tooth Extraction

There are several reasons why Dr. Blake Lawlor may recommend tooth extraction in Wichita, Kansas. One of the common reasons for extraction is severe tooth decay that is beyond what is reasonable to save. If this be the case, our dentist will perform an extraction to prevent infection and to make the patient more comfortable.

Extraction may also be recommended for impacted teeth, malfunctioning teeth, or teeth that are hard to clean, like the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth removal can prevent issues like crowding and inflammation or infection if they become impacted.


Most tooth extractions are uneventful and they only last a few minutes. Before the procedure, our dentist will take X-rays of your teeth. The tooth, gum, and bone will be numbed with a local anesthetic for a patient who will remain awake for the extraction. Nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas, can be provided to help those with dental anxiety. During the extraction, the patient will feel pressure, but no pain. In most cases, our dentist can extract the tooth using only applied pressure to the socket and dental forceps. Most of the time, surgical intervention is not required.

Sometimes, our dentist will recommend full sedation – especially if there is more than one tooth that needs to be extracted. Patients who are under full sedation during extraction will have no memory of the procedure.


After a dental extraction, our dentist will give you specific instructions for caring for the extraction site during the healing process. These instructions will include leaving gauze on the extraction site for the first few hours to minimize bleeding.

Our dentist may prescribe medication for pain relief for the first few days. As long as the extraction site is kept clean and the patient follows the instructions for care, the gums should heal in a few weeks without complications or infection. Once the extraction site heals, our dentist can place a bridge, denture, or dental implant if necessary.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office today.