Although we always strive to preserve your natural teeth when possible, extractions can sometimes be the best option to protect the surrounding teeth from damage. A deeply infected or severely damaged tooth can cause significant harm to your oral health and extractions can help prevent this from occurring. We perform gentle extractions to help preserve the health of your smile!


What Happens During an Extraction?

Before starting the procedure, Dr. Hafernik will thoroughly numb the area around the tooth to ensure that you won’t feel any discomfort during the process. Then, if needed, we will administer any sedation that was decided on before the extraction. Depending on the state of the tooth, we may have to make an incision in the gums to access the tooth if it’s impacted. Then, we use advanced tools to gently remove the tooth from its socket.

The Extraction Recovery Process

After your tooth extraction, we’ll send you home with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that you have a smooth recovery. We’ll map out how to clean and rinse the area with warm salt water. The instructions will also contain a list of dietary restrictions for the first week following your procedure. For the most part, patients should stick to soft, easy-to-eat foods and avoid the use of straws as they can cause dry socket. If you have any questions or concerns throughout your recovery process, our team is always on standby to help you in any way that we can!

Tooth Replacement After Extractions

Missing teeth can make your smile incomplete. However, extracted teeth can be replaced with dental implants or other tooth restorations to maintain the health and appearance of your smile. Dr. Hafernik will go over the best treatment plan for your smile if an extraction is needed!


If you believe that you may be in need of a tooth extraction in Austin, TX, please call our office today!

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