Tooth Extraction Services in Philadelphia, PA

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Are you suffering from tooth pain or discomfort and need tooth extraction services? Look no further than Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, where our experienced Philadelphia, PA, oral surgeon Dr. Cyndi Nguyen provides exceptional tooth extraction services.

At Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand that you may not be thrilled at the idea of losing a permanent tooth. Rest assured that our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive oral health care services and will only recommend tooth extraction when beneficial. With years of experience and a commitment to patient comfort and safety, our practice is the top choice for anyone in need of surgical or non-surgical tooth extraction services in Philadelphia.

What are Tooth Extraction Services?

Tooth extraction services involve the removal of a damaged, decayed, or problematic tooth. Our oral surgeon Dr. Nguyen will use anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth and then gently extract it using specialized tools. Tooth extractions can be performed using non-surgical or surgical techniques depending on the complexity of the case. 

Surgical vs Non-Surgical Tooth Extractions

Non-surgical extractions are usually done on fully erupted teeth and involve using an elevator and forceps to gently remove the tooth. The procedure is quick and performed while the patient is under local anesthetic. Surgical extractions are more complex and involve making an incision in the gum tissue and removing any bone covering the tooth. This technique is used for impacted or severely damaged teeth, such as wisdom teeth


Non-surgical extractions are generally less expensive and have a shorter recovery time. However, surgical extractions are necessary for more complex cases. Your oral surgeon or dentist will determine which technique is suitable for you based on your individual needs.

When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

There are many situations where tooth extraction may be necessary, including:

  • Tooth decay or damage beyond repair
  • Impacted teeth
  • Crowding or misalignment of teeth
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Infection or inflammation in the tooth or surrounding gum tissue

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon to determine if a tooth extraction is the right option for you.

Benefits of Tooth Extraction Services

The idea of willingly giving up a permanent tooth might make you feel anxious or even sad, but there are situations where tooth extraction can be highly beneficial to your oral and overall health. Tooth extractions can provide several benefits, some of which include:

  • Relief From Pain or Discomfort: Tooth extractions can alleviate pain caused by decay, infection, or trauma. By removing the affected tooth, you can experience immediate relief from discomfort.
  • Improved Oral Health and Hygiene: Extracting a decayed or infected tooth can prevent the spread of infection and decay to other teeth. It can also improve overall oral health and hygiene by removing a source of bacteria.
  • Prevention of Future Dental Issues: Extracting a tooth that's causing problems can prevent future dental issues from developing. For example, removing a crowded tooth can prevent further misalignment of the teeth.
  • Improved Alignment of Teeth: Tooth extractions can create more space in the mouth to improve the alignment of the remaining teeth. This can be helpful for patients who need orthodontic treatment.
  • Preparation for Dental Procedures: In some cases, tooth extractions may be necessary to prepare for other restorative dental procedures, such as dental implants.

The Surgical and Non-Surgical Tooth Extraction Process


Before a surgical or non-surgical tooth extraction, you’ll attend an initial consultation with Dr. Nguyen to discuss the extraction and any concerns. During the consultation, Dr. Nguyen will examine your teeth and take X-rays if necessary to determine the best approach. If you’re feeling nervous about the procedure or facing a lengthy procedure, your Philadelphia oral surgeon can prescribe sedation dentistry options as needed. 


If you’ve been approved for a tooth extraction service, Dr. Nguyen will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Once the area is numb, Dr. Nguyen will either perform a surgical or non-surgical extraction procedure. For non-surgical tooth extraction, she’ll use a dental tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and a pair of forceps to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it comes out. Dr. Nguyen will examine the area to ensure all parts of the tooth have been removed and there are no remaining fragments.

For surgical tooth extraction, Dr. Nguyen will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth. Any bone that may be covering the tooth will be removed. Next, Dr. Nguyen will use forceps or a dental drill to loosen and remove the tooth from the socket. Stitches may be required to close the incision.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Once your tooth or teeth have been extracted, it’s vital to take proper care of your oral health to prevent pain, infection, and other post-extraction complications. Here’s what Dr. Nguyen will likely suggest for aftercare:

  1. Bite down on a piece of gauze to help stop any bleeding and hold it in place for 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Apply an ice pack to the affected area to help reduce swelling.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking hot or cold foods for a few hours after the extraction.
  4. Stick to soft foods for the first few days.
  5. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
  6. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help keep the area clean.
  7. Take any pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed by Dr. Nguyen.
  8. Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for the first few days after the procedure.
  9. Avoid using straws or blowing your nose as these actions can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although tooth extractions are generally safe and routine procedures, there are some risks and potential complications, including bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and dry socket. Your oral surgeon will discuss these risks with you before the procedure and take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of complications.
The length of the procedure depends on the number of teeth being extracted and the complexity of the case. On average, most extractions take around 30 minutes to an hour. Additionally, surgical extraction tends to take longer than non-surgical extractions. Your oral surgeon will discuss the timeframe with you before your extraction.
Your oral surgeon will use a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, but this can be managed with pain medication and following the aftercare instructions.
The recovery time varies depending on the extent of the tooth extraction and the patient's individual healing process. Most patients can return to work or school within a few days after a simple extraction, while recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction may take up to a week or more. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by the oral surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Call Today — Get Fast Oral Relief With Tooth Extraction Services

Experienced oral surgeon Dr. Nguyen at Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Philadelphia, PA can alleviate dental pain or discomfort. Our tooth extraction services are tailored to be as quick and painless as possible, and we’ll provide instructions on how to care for your smile after the procedure.

If you're interested in learning more about our tooth extraction services, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by dialing 215-273-3223. We serve new and returning patients from Philadelphia and surrounding areas such as Springfield, Kensington, and Levittown, PA.
"Dr Nguyen was fantastic. She came highly recommended by several dentists and did not disappoint. She was extremely knowledgeable and caring. The office was new and fresh, and had cutting-edge technology compared to other offices."
David R. DEc, 2022

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