Drs. Golovan & Golovan
Norman Golovan D.D.S. 
Bruce Golovan D.M.D.
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

28790 Chagrin Blvd. #300
Woodmere Village, OH 44122
(216) 591-0022
Designing Healthy and Beautiful Smiles!

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What is a Simple Extraction?

A simple extraction is performed on a tooth or teeth that are visible in the mouth. In our office we are able to perform simple extractions.  These extractions can be done using a local anesthetic. In a simple extraction, the dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth.  The tooth will then be pulled out.  Sometimes the dentist will use a dental "elevator" to help loosen the tooth and roots as well.  For a while after the procedure, you will need to keep cotton gauze in the extraction area in order to create a clot to stop the bleeding.

Most simple extractions do not cause too much discomfort after the procedure.  You may take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and other brand names), medications that you would normally take for a headache, for several days.  You may not need any pain medicine at all.

In some cases you may need stitches, they usually disappear on their own.  They should disappear within one to two weeks.  If the dentist did not place the dissolvable stitches, they will give you further instruction on when to return and have them removed .
Who Needs a Simple Extraction?
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment.  Sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired.  This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.