Tooth Extractions & Removal

Reasons for Removing a Tooth

Dr. Covington 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.  During your visit Dr. Covington will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Covington may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with the staff any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your Dr. Covington may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

The Extraction Process

At the time of extraction Dr. Covington will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area 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.