Dr. Straw, Dr. Jones 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, 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, our oral surgeons will be happy to discuss options for replacement of extracted teeth.

At the time of extraction, Dr. Jason Straw or Dr. Jennifer Jones will use local anesthetic to numb your tooth, jawbone 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.

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 cannot be removed in one piece. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections and then removes each section one at a time.

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

For more information on tooth extractions in Irvine, California, reach out to Orange County Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center at 949-727-7000.