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Simple Tooth Extractions

If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted.  With a simple extraction, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.

Reasons for a tooth extraction

There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure.  Some common reasons for extraction include:

  • Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
  • Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
  • Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
  • Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
  • Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy

How is a tooth extracted?

As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure.  After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure.  Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth.  Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue.  Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out.  In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal. 

Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down.  If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.

If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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Dr. Lois is extremely patient and professional. I generally dread my dental appointments, but after seeing Dr. Lois, I feel very comfortable.
I had two fillings to do and was scared of pain involved in the procedure. She eased me into it with some smooth jazz and distracted me while she numbed my gums. I hardly realized how time flew and before I knew it, I was on my way out with a smile on my face. I have had two appointments for cleaning before this, and those went pretty smooth too. She generally doesn't do the cleanings herself (she did my first though), but I remember her hygienists being quite good.I highly recommend Dr. Lois to anyone who wants a pain-free and gentle treatment.

Sam D.

I have been a patient of Dr. Wilson for more than a decade and she is the best dentist with whom I have ever been affiliated: consummately professional, extremely knowledgeable; and selflessly dedicated. During our long association, she has cured me of gingivitis and other gum and tooth infections; made dental appliances to minimize damage to my crowns; installed an implant; and repaired a half dozen instances of broken crowns. In the latter instance, when I inadvertently broke a crown or damaged a veneer, she would immediately adjust her schedule to accommodate my dental emergency, regardless as to the personal sacrifice involved. As a doctor she was patient with me; listened well; accommodated my busy schedule; and charged very reasonable prices for world class dental services. In every instance in which we interacted, I was completely satisfied with the outcome. If I had to describe Dr. Wilson as a person in a single word, that word would be, "class". If I had to describe her professional skills in a phrase, that phrase would be , "She's a dentist's dentist". Dr. Wilson is a GREAT dentist and has my highest recommendation.

Robert N.

Lois Wilson was my dentist before I moved away, and she is amazing. She is extremely professional, and her work is so good, I can't tell which teeth she has worked on (and neither can my new dentist!).

My teeth are generally pretty healthy, but I went to Dr. Wilson's office for cleanings, she did two fillings for me, a composite bonding on one of my front teeth, and an in-office whitening. She generally doesn't do the cleanings herself, but I remember her hygenists being quite good, and not too rough.

My new dentist even gave her work high compliments, because they had a hard time figuring out which teeth she had worked on. They said that my prior dentist did a VERY good job color matching my teeth.

Jason G.

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