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Tooth Extraction

Dentists will always try to save a damaged tooth. However, it is not always possible. 

A tooth extraction is sometimes the best choice to relieve pain and preserve your oral health.

Learn how Dr. Ann Sielicki in Scottsdale, AZ, combines experience with advanced technology to perform gentler tooth extractions. 

When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Dentists prioritize preserving teeth and will only perform tooth extraction as a last resort. Dr. Sielicki may suggest a tooth extraction if you have:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • A severely damaged tooth   
  • Extensive infection in a tooth's root canal
  • Plans for dentures or dental implants
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Overcrowding that orthodontics can't resolve

Tooth Extraction Timeline

Dr. Sielicki combines her expertise with state-of-the-art techniques and technology to perform gentle tooth extractions.
Dr. Sielicki combines her expertise with state-of-the-art techniques and technology to perform gentle tooth extractions.


During your initial consultation at our dental office in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Sielicki will examine your mouth to determine if an extraction is needed. Though our dentist can remove non-impacted wisdom teeth, if you have wisdom teeth that are trapped under the gums she will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for treatment.

Anesthetic and Sedation

Your dentist will thoroughly numb the treatment area. For those who need it, sedation options are also available. Our dental practice uses oral conscious sedation. This is a medication that is taken before your appointment, so you will need a responsible adult to drive you to and from our office. 


Dr. Sielicki will loosen the tooth from the gums using special dental instruments. In some cases, she may need to break the tooth into smaller pieces to remove it. Since you will be numbed during this process, you should not feel any pain. If you do, please let your dental team know so we can stop and promptly address your discomfort. 


Not everyone will require sutures. In some cases, patients will simply need to bite down on gauze to stop any bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot over the extraction site. The bleeding should slow and stop within 24 hours. 


Your dentist or dental team will provide you with all the instructions you need to make your recovery as smooth as possible. You should rest at home for at least the day of your procedure. 

Recovery Tips

Some mild discomfort after your extraction is to be expected. Here are a few tips to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. 

Take Prescribed Medications

Pain is usually easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Dr. Sielicki may prescribe a medication or antibiotic as well. Take these as directed.

Use Ice

Ice packs are a great way to reduce swelling and ease pain. Place them over your cheeks for 30 minutes at a time. 

Do Not Use a Straw

Any sucking motion can cause the blood clot to dislodge from the extraction site. This can put you at risk of developing a painful dry socket. Avoid using straws until you are healed. 

If you have any questions or if you develop troubling symptoms such as excessive bleeding or swelling, pain that is not managed at home, fever, or signs of infection, please call our Scottsdale dental practice immediately so we can promptly address your concerns. 
Dr. Ann Sielicki

Sonoran Dental Design

Sonoran Dental Design is a high-tech dental practice in Scottsdale, AZ, that prioritizes patient care and comfort. Dr. Ann Sielicki is a dentist who is highly trained and committed to continued education. Dr. Sielicki is affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Arizona Dental Association
  • The Central Arizona Dental Association
  • Spear Education's Advanced Continuum (Visiting Faculty Club Member)
  • Seattle Study Club (Participating Member)

We invite you to request an appointment with our practice by filling out our online form or calling (480) 419-9595.

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