Tooth Extraction is oftentimes needed due to badly damaged teeth, trauma or decay that is too extensive to fix otherwise, crowding, infection, and risk of infection.

Before the dentist begins the procedure, he or she will administer a local anesthetic through injection to numb the affected area. In cases where there several teeth are taken out at a time, general anesthetic will be used. After pulling, a blood clot will form in the empty socket. It is then packed with gauze which the dentist will have you gently bite down on as to stop the bleeding. In some cases, stitches may be necessary.
In cases of an impacted tooth, the dentist cut away gum and bone tissue covering the tooth and gently rock the tooth back and forth until it is completely removed from the jaw bone and ligaments holding it in place. In some cases of impaction, the tooth may be too difficult to remove. If this is the case, the tooth will be removed in little pieces.

Before Extraction let your dentist know if you have

  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease
  • Artificial joints
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

After Extraction

  • First 24 Hours – Do not rinse or spit forcefully as you may dislodge the forming clot, limit activity, do not smoke, do not drink using a straw.
  • Managing Bleeding – Bite gauze gently, and change as needed. Prop head up, as lying flat can prolong bleeding.
  • Pain Relief and Management – Take painkillers as they are prescribed, and apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Eat soft foods
  • After 24 Hours – Rinse with saltwater.


Dr. Yousaf provides beautiful and healthy smiles with teeth extractions for the residents of Stafford County, Quantico Base, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, and Roseville, VA.