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Tooth Extraction

Keeping a tooth that is impacted or severely damaged might be causing you more harm than good.

If so, Drs. Amy Creech-Gionis and her associates can perform a tooth extraction to restore your health and comfort.

Why consider treatment at our dental offices in Westchase or Carrollwood, FL?

Is Tooth Extraction Painful?

The team at Tampa Dental Wellness cares about your comfort and strives to make treatment as painless as possible. In addition to local anesthesia, our dentists can provide sedation to put you at ease before your procedure. We offer oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation to induce varying levels of relaxation. Most patients find their extractions to be virtually painless, and some don't remember the procedure at all.

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The Tooth Extraction Process

Here is what you can expect during the procedure at Tampa Dental Wellness...

Day of Procedure


When you arrive at our Carrollwood or Westchase office on the day of your procedure, we will begin by administering a local anesthetic. You and our dentists may have also agreed on additional sedation to ensure your comfort.


When extracting an impacted tooth, our dentists will make an incision along the top of the gums to access the tooth. If the tooth we are targeting is above the gumline, this step is not necessary.


Our dentist will move a handheld tool known as an elevator around the base of the tooth to help loosen it away from the gums. Once it is ready, the doctor will gently grip the top with dental forceps and lift it from the socket.

Finishing Touches

After the extraction, we will apply pressure to the area to slow any bleeding. Sometimes sutures are needed to close the incisions at a deep extraction site. Finally, we will place gauze over the gums and prepare you for recovery with any final instructions.

Sean McQ

Tampa, FL


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Dr. Creech and the entire dental wellness team at Westchase has your best interests at heart! They are amazing at what they do and amazing people. I would recommend them to anyone from a cleaning to major issues!!

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Tampa, FL


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I can’t say enough positive words about this practice! From the welcome call I got yesterday to the first class care I received today at my New Patient visit, I felt special and valued! They have the newest technology and I learned so much about my oral care! Michelle was my hygienist and is by far the most thorough, gentle person I have ever encountered! I had an exam and a cleaning and left with a care plan for future care. The staff in the office and the dentist were all fabulous. I’ve avoided going to the dentist because I’ve had very negative experiences with South Tampa dentists but now I found a new dental home!

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Important Recovery Instructions

Apply Pressure

Once you are home, change out the gauze and gently bite down. This will help a blood clot to form and protect the incision from bacteria. Repeat these steps every 20 minutes until bleeding stops.

Avoid Irritation

For the first few days, consume a soft foods diet and avoid chewing on the side of the extracted tooth.

Mitigate Side-Effects

Applying an ice pack to your outer jaw every 20 to 30 minutes can reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain medications can also help with side effects like pain, swelling, and soreness.

Attend Follow-Ups

Make sure to attend your follow-up appointments so our dentists can remove your sutures and check on your recovery. 

Do I Need an Oral Surgeon?

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The dentists at Tampa Dental Wellness can handle most simple extractions at our offices in Westchase and Carrollwood. If you have a complex case, we may refer you to a trusted oral surgeon.
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Tampa Dental Wellness of Westchase & Carrollwood

At Tampa Dental Wellness, Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis and her associates provide modern, comprehensive dental services using the most advanced technology available. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • International College of Implantologists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (813) 855-2273 today.

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