Tooth Extractions

Dr. Straw or your dentist may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. 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, Dr. Straw will be happy to discuss options for replacement of extracted teeth.

The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will use local anesthetic to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area. During the extraction process you may feel 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 right away.

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is commonly done when a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket or if the root is curved and it can not be removed in one piece. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

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