You and Dr. Hendrickson or Dr. Le 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, in most cases, Dr. Hendrickson or Dr. Le will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to sedate your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process you will feel a small amount of pressure. This is normal. Tooth extraction is usually a very quick, pain free procedure.