Tooth Extractions

Dr. Sturtz, Dr. Betts, Dr. Wasielewski and Dr. Bartling may determine that you require a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, while 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, all of which can have a negative impact on your dental health.

In order to avoid these complications, in most cases Drs. Sturtz, Betts, Wasielewski and Bartling will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction your doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone, and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves, stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know immediately.

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket, or the root is curved, so the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes them one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.