Extractions are done at River Park Dental and Esthetics using local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Oral-conscious sedation could also be used to help you stay relaxed. For a simple extraction, Dr. Saurer will loosen up the tooth using a special device prior to removing the tooth. A surgical extraction involves making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. Once the tooth has been removed, Dr. Saurer will suture the incision in the gums. Depending on the type of sedation used during your extraction, you might need to have a friend or family member drive you home. As your gums heal, you should avoid smoking, spitting, and using straws. During your recovery, you may want to eat soft, cold foods for the first couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Saurer will talk to you regarding what is normal during your recovery and the best ways to take care of your mouth.