Removing a tooth (dental extraction) is an experience that nearly everyone will have to experience at one point in their lives. Through the advancement of dental techniques, many natural teeth can be saved that once needed to be extracted – however, even with all of our modern techniques, an extraction is sometimes necessary, or the best course of action. Whether you have a tooth that is decayed, fractured or broken, have a tooth that cannot fully erupt and needs to be removed, or whether you have an associated periodontal infection, a dental extraction is not a cause for dread. We take great care to reduce the associated anxiety and discomfort of extractions so that you have no reason for undue stress.

Dental extractions typically begin with a thorough examination, so that we can best determine the method of extraction. Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. In either case, an appropriate anesthesia (such as local anesthetic, IV sedation or general anesthesia) will be administered to maximize comfort during the procedure. After the tooth is removed, the gum will be sutured and gauze placed to minimize bleeding. You will also be given post-operative instructions and any needed materials to help with healing and recovery, including antibiotics and pain medication, as we deem necessary. We will also schedule a follow-up appointment, so we can ensure the extraction site is healing properly and make sure you have no questions or problems.