The idea of removing a permanent tooth can be daunting and our staff is sensitive to the psychological anguish the situation can present. However, sometimes the extraction of a tooth is necessary due to decay or damage from an external source. Our staff is experienced in tooth extraction and makes the process as painless and easy as possible. Before the procedure, you will receive anesthesia that will numb the tooth and surrounding area. Next the dentist will carefully remove the tooth from your jaw, leaving a socket, where your tooth was, that will eventually heal. It’s normal to experience some bleeding, irritation and minor pain after your tooth has been pulled and our staff will provide medication should you find the pain unmanageable. We will also provide you with detailed aftercare instructions on how to eat and clean the area around the extracted tooth. You should also plan ahead and clear your work, school and/or and social schedules as much as possible as you should expect to limit activity for at least two days. It will take about three to four weeks for the gums and bone around the pulled tooth to heal. You may wish to hope a socket aft placed after the extraction to speed the healing, diminish post extraction pain, and preserve jaw bone. Ask one of our staff if you are interested in this optional procedure.
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.