Tooth extraction is the process of removing one or more teeth that have been damaged beyond repair. There are many reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted, such as:

  • Broken teeth
  • Badly damaged teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Wisdom teeth that have grown in crooked
  • Overcrowded teeth

These are some of the more common  reasons for tooth extraction, and in some cases, may require more than one tooth to be removed. 

Types of Extraction

There are two types of extractions that are common when a tooth needs removal. These are:

  • Simple extractions- A simple extraction is used to remove any visible teeth within the mouth.
  • Surgical extractions- A surgical extraction is performed when the tooth isn’t easily accessible inside the mouth. 

What to do After Extraction

While recovering, it’s essential to make sure that you don’t remove the blood clot as it is crucial in the healing process. If the clot were to fall out and expose the bone, this  can cause severe pain and potential infection. If you feel an increase in pain or suspect anything is wrong, call us immediately.

You Can Trust the Gentle Dentist to Be There For You!

Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward has been practicing general dentistry for over 30 years, right here in St. Louis. Her practice focuses on creating an easy and comfortable experience while ensuring you get the excellent dental care you deserve. With a Gentle Dentist, there’s no need to avoid the dentist any longer. So come in and get your confidence back! Contact us to schedule your appointment today!

What Our Patients Say

Dr. Ward, I want you to know how much I appreciate the care I have received here. I am so happy with the improvement in my gums, and it is because of your emphasis on preventive oral care. It has made a huge difference, and I thank you.

Dave Diaz

Since having my first traumatic experience as a 9 year old with an army dentist I was always anxious about going to the dentist; my muscles would get tense, and I would grip the arms of the dentist chair, anticipating the worst.
But what a difference Dr. Ward has made in my previously harrowing experiences with dentists. With her calm caring manner and soothing touch, I actually became more relaxed in the dentist chair. What a relief!

Then as a bonus, there are times she would softly hum a tune which even makes me more calm, like a mother soothing an anxious baby – I guess I must have been a big baby when it came to dentists, but not anymore! Thank God for Dr. Ward! And her friendly staff aren’t too bad either.

Deanna Little

One day during my morning prayer and meditation I had to look up the word honorable. The word is rich in meaning and implies the purest, highest, noblest kind of goodness. Honorable means “lovely”, “winsome”, “gracious”, “noble” and “excellent’. Your name, Winsome, definitely describes your character and your practice. God bless and keep you!!!

Jan Paul

Very gentle, very competent. I am very appreciative of your skill and skill of your staff. Thanks.

Shawna Silva

Beginning in 1995 Dr. Ward took over my dental care. She has proven to be as painless as I believe possible. My bridges have performed perfectly. My extractions have been very few, and my partial is working without incident. I recommend that anyone needing dental work consider using Dr. Ward.

Rudolph Hughes