Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Teeth Extractions

Your general dentist may refer you to have one or more teeth extracted that are not wisdom teeth. This may be due to orthodontics, dental implants, dentures or teeth that cannot be saved (non restorable teeth). If left untreated, these teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and possibly cysts or tumors.

Reasons to remove teeth

Your general dentist will advise you when you need single or multiple teeth extraction. Teeth extractions are most often performed as a  preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future. They can also be performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection. If left untreated, a number of potentially harmful outcomes can occur, including:

  • Damage to nearby teeth: These teeth can be adversely affected by infected teeth, resulting in tooth decay (cavities), periodontal disease (gum disease) and possible bone loss.
  • Infection: Bacteria and food can become trapped under the gum tissue, resulting in an infection. The infection can cause considerable pain and danger.  

Teeth examination

As with any dental procedure, your oral surgeon will want to initially conduct a thorough examination of the symptomatic and surrounding teeth. Panoramic or digital x-rays will be taken in order for your dentist to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if a current problem exists, or the likelihood of any potential future problems. The x-rays can also expose additional risk factors, such as deterioration or decay of nearby teeth. Only after a thorough examination can your oral surgeon provide you with the best options for your particular case.

What does the removal of a tooth involve?

Single tooth removal is a common procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Erickson will review several different anesthetic options with you durring your evaluation. The surgery is done in the office, and you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary), to help manage any swelling or discomfort.


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