Tooth Extractions

Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, we will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

At the time of extraction, your tooth, jawbone and gums surrounding the extraction site will be numbed with local anesthetic. During the extraction process, you will feel a lot of pressure from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. You will feel this pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves, stopping the transmission of pain. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction, please let us know right away.

Sometimes teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket cannot expand enough to easily remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections and removes each section one at a time.