Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Palermo, Dr. Malatesta, Dr. Valerio, Dr. Molisani or Dr. D'Silva may determine that you need a tooth or teeth extracted 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. Extractions are usually reserved as a last resort and in most cases, to avoid these complications, Drs. Palermo, Malatesta, Valerio, Molisani or D'Silva will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement options for the extracted teeth.

The Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth and surrounding jaw bone and gums 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 right away.

Sectioning a tooth

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

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and to begin the healing process. To minimize any complications, you will be given gauze and written post-operative instructions at the end of your appointment. You may also find these instructions by clicking here.