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Tooth Extraction

While dentists do everything they can to save a tooth, sometimes extractions are the best choice to preserve your oral health.

Dr. Kenneth Curl makes tooth extraction virtually painless, and he can replace your tooth with a restoration that looks natural.

Find out more about gentle tooth extractions at our practice in The Woodlands, TX, serving Spring, Conroe, and surrounding communities.

Compassionate & Gentle Care From a Board-Certified Dentist

Many patients from The Woodlands, TX, and the surrounding communities turn to Dr. Kenneth Curl and his highly trained staff when they suffer dental health issues requiring tooth extraction. If anyone can save your tooth, Dr. Curl can. If the tooth cannot be saved, Dr. Curl can perform extractions safely and gently without referring you to an oral surgeon. 

Dr. Curl can also refer you to an oral surgeon who removes impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully trapped under the gums. In these situations, wisdom teeth can contribute to misalignment and the need for braces, as well as an increased risk of infection. Extraction is often the best way to avoid these issues. If you feel any discomfort or pain near your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation at Advanced Premier Dental.

What About Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are notorious for becoming impacted and compromising surrounding teeth and other tissues. Dr. Curl refers younger patients in need of wisdom teeth removal to an oral surgeon. Dr. Curl can personally treat adult patients who don't have impacted wisdom teeth at our dental office in The Woodlands. In either case, he will make sure you receive the treatment for wisdom teeth you need.

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The Woodlands, TX


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I love this place!!! You guys have truly been a blessing to me and my family! Dental care with a ❤️!!

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Place Your Trust in Skilled Hands 40 Years of Experience and Counting 

As a master dentist, Dr. Curl uses the latest technology and techniques to provide advanced dental work and surgical extractions for patients in The Woodlands, Conroe, Springs, TX, and beyond. Dr. Curl began his dental career in the early 1980s and served in the United States Air Force Reserve Dental Corps for 10 years, retiring with the rank of Major in 1991. He brings military precision and decades of experience to the table while providing the best bedside manner for patients.

Contact our office in The Woodlands, TX, online or schedule an appointment by calling:

(281) 367-6777

Our Patient-Focused Approach at Advanced Premier Dental and Implant Dentistry

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Assessing the Tooth

Saving teeth is always the priority in dentistry, and tooth extraction is considered only as a last resort. Dr. Curl will first assess your tooth, employing advanced technology to determine if the tooth can be saved.

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Ensuring Comfort

Dr. Curl's gentle techniques and a local anesthetic make tooth extraction virtually painless. However, for patients who are anxious about tooth extraction, we offer sedation to ensure your comfort.

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Next Steps

Missing teeth allow other teeth to shift out of position, causing more problems. Dr. Curl, who is skilled in advanced tooth replacement techniques, can recommend options appropriate for your needs.

Tooth Extraction Treatment Timeline

In general, tooth extractions are straightforward and take as little as 30 minutes, although more complex cases will take longer.

As Dr. Curl's patient, you can take comfort in knowing you are under the care of a board-certified dentist trusted by patients throughout The Woodlands.
As Dr. Curl's patient, you can take comfort in knowing you are under the care of a board-certified dentist trusted by patients throughout The Woodlands.

Numbing the Area

Dr. Curl will carefully numb the area with a local anesthetic so you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. If you have a sensitive gag reflex or anxiety, the dentist can also provide sedation.

Removing the Tooth

With simple extractions, the dentist can remove the tooth by using forceps. However, in more complex surgical extractions, Dr. Curl may make incisions to better reach the tooth with forceps or separate the tooth into pieces for easier removal.

Treating the Extraction Site

Dr. Curl may recommend socket preservation, which involves placing a graft in the extraction site, to preserve bone density in the jaw and maintain its shape. Socket preservation helps prevent nearby teeth from slipping into the open space and creates a solid foundation for a dental implant if you are considering replacing the tooth with an implant-supported crown.

Closing the Extraction Site

If needed, Dr. Curl will stitch the extraction site closed. The dentist will also ask you to gently bite down on a piece of sterile gauze. This helps curb bleeding and encourages a blood clot to form, which helps prevent a condition called dry socket. Our dentist will also inform you on when to replace the gauze.


The Recovery Process

Dr. Curl will provide detailed instructions on how to brush and floss during recovery. The dentist may prescribe medication for patients depending on the circumstances. In general, you can expect:

  • The local anesthetic usually continues to numb the area for a few hours after the surgery.
  • Any pain or discomfort from the extraction typically fades in the first 24 to 72 hours.
  • The extraction site may bleed in the one to two days following the procedure.
  • Healing after teeth extraction can take one to two weeks. 

Patients usually need to wait for the surrounding tissue to fully heal before receiving other procedures such as dental implants.

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Within the First 24 Hours Patients should stay away from:


Drinking through a straw

Eating solid or crunchy foods

Excessive or forceful mouth rinsing 

Touching or sucking on the extraction site

Drinks and mouthwashes containing alcohol

Preventing Dry Socket 

Dr. Curl will also give instructions on how to avoid dislodging the blood clot, which results in a condition called dry socket. A dry socket is an exposed part of the bone that's usually protected by the blood clot after the extraction. This condition is most common in wisdom teeth removal compared to other extractions. Dry socket is easily preventable under our dentist's guidance.

We Help Patients Feel Comfortable  Through Our Amazing Service and Care 


Hugo Walnut

The Woodlands, TX


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I commend Dr. Curls dental clinic for their attention to providing top notch dental care and be always ready to address the needs of the patient with professionalism, respect and courtesy. Keep it up!

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The Woodlands, TX


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They were really patient with me and made me feel comfortable. Everyone in the office is super nice ! Would definitely recommend them .

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Quality Dental Care
at Reasonable Prices


Most dental insurance plans should help cover the cost of tooth extraction. However, if you are concerned about out-of-pocket costs, we can help you secure financing through several reputable third-party lenders, including LendingUSA®, and CareCredit®.

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Dr. Kenneth Curl is a board-certified dentist who has been helping patients improve their oral health for over 40 years. He is affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including:

  • Texas Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Texas Dental Association
  • National Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Association of Dental Office Management

To experience state-of-the-art dental care in a relaxed setting, schedule a consultation online or call us at (281) 367-6777.

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"Dr. Curl is an amazing dentist and a kindhearted man. Provides quality service and truly cares for his clients. My family and I have been going to him for many years now. If you are looking for an honest opinion and great service call Dr. Curl. I recommend him to all my friends and family." Glenda A.

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