Oral Surgery
Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone.

Your doctor may have referred you to us or after consultation with us, you may decide that you need to have a tooth extracted for any of a number of reasons...

  • Severely decayed
  • Periodontally diseased ("gum and bone disease") also known as pyorrhea
  • Fractured in such a way that it is impossible or impractical to repair
  • Badly positioned (impacted wisdom teeth) or orthodontic treatment ("braces")
  • Non-functional or poorly functional
  • A tooth or many teeth may stand in the in the way of a properly designed, functional bite.

Extractions are generally classified as either non-surgical (also known as "simple") or surgical (involving cutting procedures.) A simple procedure can quickly become a surgical procedure if the tooth fractures or refuses to loosen under pressure.

We perform these procedures only after making the extraction site(s) profoundly numb. In some cases we also prescribe tranquilizers prior to, the day of, and following surgical procedures.



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