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Tooth Extraction

Our expert dentists do all they can to save natural teeth. But for some patients, an extraction is the best treatment option.

Austin, TX, trusts 38th Street Dental to extract teeth because of our personalized care and comprehensive solutions. 

We use cutting-edge technology to diagnose dental issues and provide effective treatments. 

Tooth extraction is the most common surgical procedure in the U.S.

Tooth Extraction Is
Extremely Common

There is no need to feel any embarrassment if you need a tooth extracted. Tooth extraction is actually the most commonly performed surgical procedure in America. If you are in serious pain, we can provide emergency care. Call (512) 458-6222 or write to our expert Austin team. 

When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

When a tooth is too compromised to save, a virtually painless extraction can help eliminate painful symptoms and save neighboring teeth. Reasons to consider a tooth extraction include:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Unsuccessful root canal therapy
  • Cracked tooth caused by trauma
  • Significant structural damage
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Severe tooth crowding

What Are the Risks of Putting Off a Necessary Extraction?

A tooth that should be extracted but isn't can put you at an elevated risk of:

Bacterial Spread

Tooth extraction can eliminate harmful bacteria. Getting rid of bacteria lessens the chance of oral infections and gum disease. Gum disease can even spread throughout the body and impact your heart and respiratory system.

Persistent Pain

Our dentists can provide almost immediate pain relief with tooth extraction. On the other hand, leaving a compromised tooth in your mouth may subject you to increased pain as the infection worsens.

Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons patients visit our office for a tooth extraction.

Millions of Wisdom Teeth Are Removed Each Year

Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons patients visit our Austin, TX, dental office for a tooth extraction. In fact, approximately 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed each year. 

Many patients do not have sufficient room in their jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth are either unable to erupt from the gums or come in at an angle. This can cause severe inflammation and greatly increases your risk for infection.

It can even be wise to extract wisdom teeth that have not caused any problems. This is because extracting wisdom teeth early can help avoid several future dental issues. 

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Protect Your Oral Health With Prompt, Gentle Care

If you're currently in pain, we are here to help. Our dentists can safely remove your tooth, preventing infection and protecting your oral health.

From wisdom tooth extraction to replacing severely compromised teeth with implant-supported restorations, you can count on us to coordinate the care you need to make your smile healthy, comfortable, and functional once again.

To get in touch with us, contact our friendly Austin dentistry practice online or call

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"Everyone at 38th Street is so professional and kind." Austin Patients Talk About Their Dental Experience With Us


M. Manley


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I love Dr. Tasch and this practice. Dr. Tasch truly listens, and I'm so lucky to have found him. Everyone at 38th Street is so professional and kind. They always listen to my concerns, and give me the BEST treatment plan, that I can afford.

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Rick Cloud


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non-critical problem w old crown - able to get an appt w/in a week & Dr. Meek able to smooth irritation quickly

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Insurance and Financing For Extractions & Restorations


Dental insurance will typically provide coverage for medically necessary tooth extractions. It also generally covers restorative dentistry options like bridges or dentures. Unfortunately, dental implants are typically not covered by insurance.


Many patients are interested in financing for dental implants or even just the portion of their care not covered by insurance. We accept both CareCredit® and Lending Club. This allows our patients to pay for treatment with low-interest financing or loans. 

What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction

Our dentists work with trusted oral surgeons who perform both simple and surgical extractions. Their office is conveniently located next door to our Austin, TX, dental practice.

We work with trusted oral surgeons next door to our office for convenient, streamlined care.
We work with trusted oral surgeons next door to our office for convenient, streamlined care.


Before beginning treatment, your oral surgeon will administer a local anesthetic. This allows for a virtually painless procedure. If you require a complex extraction, or if you are feeling anxious, your surgeon can provide a deeper sedative option to help you relax.

Simple Extraction

Your surgeon will loosen the tooth by gently shifting it back and forth. The tooth will then be lifted from its socket with minimal impact to nearby tissue. Gauze will be placed in the socket to manage bleeding following treatment.

Surgical Extraction

Impacted teeth require surgical extraction. After shifting any tissue obscuring the tooth, your surgeon will remove the tooth before placing sutures to encourage faster healing. In some cases, the surgeon may need to separate the tooth into several pieces to remove it properly.

"I couldn’t be any happier with my experience!" Patients Appreciate Our Team


Victoria Matthews


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I am new to Austin and had severe tooth pain one night. They were able to get me in the next day! Not only did they provide the best service but Melanie even took the extra time to call my insurance and figure everything out on my behalf! They are up front about any costs so there are no surprises! The doctor went through every step to figure out which one of my teeth was actually causing me pain. He didn’t quit after X-rays and one test to tell me “you’re fine” he believed me and found the root cause (pun intended)! If you’re looking for a new dentist look no further! I couldn’t be any happier with my experience!

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keren barboteau


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I’ve been a patient of Doctor Meek since 2010, and every visit has been phenomenal.

All the staff are wonderful.

Melissa is a sweetheart, and extremely knowledgeable in her field, as is Dr. Meek. Front desk Patty, Stephanie, and Melanie are amazing. And dental hygienist Tiffany.

...Thank you all!

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Our Dentists Provide Critical Aftercare Instructions

In addition to excellent care, our dentists are known for empowering patients through education. They will make sure you understand the what and why of your tooth extraction. They will also give detailed guidelines to optimize your recovery. 

Minimize Risk of Infection

To minimize the risk of infection in the days following surgery, patients should

  1. Take prescribed medication
  2. Wear their gauze as advised
  3. Avoid using a straw
  4. Follow all other post-op instructions.

Manage Side Effects

While patients should anticipate some swelling and inflammation after surgery, most side effects fade within a few days. You can manage these side effects by:

  1. Taking NSAIDs (ibuprofen, etc.)
  2. Applying ice packs to the cheek over the extraction site can help manage any swelling.

Dry Socket And How to Avoid It

Our bodies naturally help us heal after a tooth extraction by forming a blood clot at the extraction site. This blood clot provides protection for the wound.

Sometimes, the blood clot can become dislodged through the use of straws or eating hard foods. It can result in dry socket, a painful condition that needs attention as soon as possible.

If you notice that the blood clot at the extraction site has become dislodged, act fast and contact our Austin dentists. We can quickly treat or coordinate care for the effects of dry socket to provide relief and protect your oral health.

Dry socket only happens in about five percent of extraction cases, but it pays to be aware of the risk and how to avoid it:

  1. Don't use a straw for at least 48 hours after your procedure
  2. Eat soft foods for about two weeks
  3. Wait about four days before brushing near the extraction site
  4. Don't smoke

Will I Need A Dental Restoration?


Not always — but it depends on what type of extraction you've received. If our dentists remove a baby tooth, an overcrowded tooth, or a wisdom tooth, then you won't need a restoration. However, if they extract a tooth that is crucial to the appearance or function of your smile, then you will need one.

How Dental Implants Can Help After an Extraction

Implants can secure restorations like crowns and bridges and can last a lifetime with proper care. Our dentists can place your implants and custom restoration after your extraction site has healed. In some cases, we may even be able to place them on the same day. Patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional dental implants may qualify for our All-on-4® implants

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Donna Baldinell


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I received fantastic care from the first contact by phone, and then from moment I walked in through the door until I left. 5++stars

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Wei Sun


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Great, awesome. I am so so lucky to have such a treatment

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The team at 38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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