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What Is the History of Extractions?


Posted on 5/10/2021 by Brier Creek
What Is the History of Extractions?Extractions are one of the simplest and oldest forms of dentistry that involves the removal of a decayed or damaged tooth to prevent the spread of infection and provide much-needed relief to the patient. Thankfully, modern dental extractions are virtually painless and precise procedures, but that was not always the case.

The earliest dental extractions date back to the Middle Ages, although some potential dental tools were found from earlier times. The first extractions were done without any anesthetic, which certainly made for an unpleasant experience. Believe it or not, these extractions were not performed by dentists but were often done by a local or traveling barber. To make things even more interesting, forceps were not invented yet, which means that cruder tools were used for extractions.

The most popular tool used for early extractions, according to DOCS Education, was called the Pelican. This tool features a rotating claw and closely resembles the beak of a Pelican, hence its name. According to the same organization, forceps were not used for dental extractions until the mid-1800s, but no anesthetic was available until the 1900s.

How Are Modern Extractions Completed?


Modern dental extractions still incorporate the use of forceps, but these tools are precision engineered and sanitized with the latest in antibacterial compounds. Prior to starting an extraction, our professionals administer a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort during the procedure. They then use the forceps to carefully remove the tooth from the gum line.

Some extractions require a few extra steps, such as when removing teeth that are impacted. An impacted tooth is simply a tooth that is either partially or completely below the gum line. Removing these teeth requires that a small incision be made so that the tooth can be accessed.

If you have a tooth that is causing you nagging discomfort, then you may benefit from an extraction. Contact our office for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Locations & Hours


Brier Creek




10207 Cerny Street, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27617

Phone: 984-477-0177
Fax: 919-249-1375

Office Hours
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Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

North Raleigh




1911 Falls Valley Drive, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 984-206-4242
Fax: 919-249-2145

Office Hours
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Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Knightdale




1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

Phone: 984-733-0330
Fax: 919-415-1849

Office Hours
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Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

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