Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction, also known as dental extraction or exodontia, is a dental procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed by a dentist or oral surgeon under local anesthesia, and it may be necessary due to severe decay, damage beyond repair, crowding, infection, or to prepare for orthodontic treatment. After extraction, the socket is often closed with stitches, and post-operative care instructions are provided to promote healing and prevent complications.

Tooth extractions are common dental procedures performed at SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, under the expert care of Dr. Rick Franklin. Whether due to severe decay, trauma, overcrowding, or orthodontic reasons, extracting a tooth may be necessary to maintain oral health and prevent further complications.

Why Tooth Extractions Are Needed

Tooth extractions are necessary for several reasons, each aimed at preserving oral health and preventing further complications. Here are the primary reasons why tooth extractions may be needed:

Severe Tooth Decay

When a tooth is affected by extensive decay that cannot be effectively treated with a dental filling or root canal therapy, extraction may be the only option to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth.

Irreparable Damage

Teeth that are severely fractured or broken due to trauma or injury may not be salvageable with restorative treatments. In such cases, extraction is performed to remove the damaged tooth and prevent potential pain or infection.

Periodontal Disease

Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can lead to the destruction of the supporting tissues around the tooth, including the bone. When teeth become loose and are no longer stable, extraction may be necessary to maintain overall oral health.

Orthodontic Treatment

Some orthodontic treatments, such as braces, may require the removal of one or more teeth to create space and achieve proper alignment of the remaining teeth. This is commonly done for overcrowded mouths or to correct bite alignment issues.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often become impacted (trapped beneath the gum line) due to lack of space in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth, necessitating extraction.

Preventive Reasons

In certain cases, teeth may be extracted as a preventive measure to avoid potential future problems. For example, teeth that are at risk of developing infection due to a compromised immune system may be extracted to prevent systemic health issues.

Malpositioned or Supernumerary Teeth

Teeth that are improperly positioned or extra (supernumerary) teeth that are causing crowding or other issues may require extraction to improve overall dental health and function.

Overall, tooth extractions are performed with the goal of preserving oral health, alleviating pain, and preventing complications that could affect surrounding teeth and gums. It is essential to consult with a qualified dentist like Dr. Rick Franklin at SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, to determine if a tooth extraction is necessary and to discuss appropriate treatment options. Call us to learn more.

Types of Tooth Extractions

  1. Simple Extractions: Typically performed on visible teeth that can be easily accessed and removed with forceps after numbing the area with local anesthesia.
  2. Surgical Extractions: Required for impacted teeth or teeth that have not fully erupted. This procedure may involve making an incision in the gum and sometimes requires stitches for proper healing.

The Tooth Extraction Process at SoonerCare DDS

Initial Consultation

Dr. Rick Franklin will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays if necessary, to assess the condition of the tooth and plan the extraction procedure.


Before the extraction, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area around the tooth to ensure comfort during the procedure. Sedation options may be available for more complex cases or anxious patients.


Using specialized instruments, Dr. Rick Franklin will carefully loosen the tooth and remove it from its socket. For impacted teeth or complex cases, a small incision may be needed to access the tooth.

Post-Extraction Care

After the tooth is removed, gauze will be placed over the extraction site to control bleeding. Dr. Rick Franklin will provide specific instructions on how to care for the extraction site and manage any discomfort or swelling.

Recovery and Aftercare

  • Healing Process: The healing time varies depending on the complexity of the extraction. It's essential to follow post-operative instructions carefully to promote proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended to manage any discomfort after the procedure. Dr. Rick Franklin may also prescribe medications if necessary.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Scheduled follow-up appointments allow Dr. Rick Franklin to monitor healing progress and address any concerns.


Tooth extractions are performed at SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, with precision and care to ensure optimal oral health. Dr. Rick Franklin and our dedicated team are committed to providing compassionate dental care and guiding patients through every step of the extraction process. If you or a loved one requires a tooth extraction or have questions about the procedure, please contact SoonerCare DDS to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our priority, and we're here to help you achieve a healthy, confident smile.

Are you ready to prioritize your oral health? Visit SoonerCare DDS, conveniently located at 3747 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK. Led by Dr. Rick Franklin, our dedicated team is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive dental services for you and your family. Call us at (918) 601-5510 or visit our website to book your appointment and discover why SoonerCare DDS is your trusted partner in dental health.