Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Vakkas 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. Vakkas will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

The Tooth Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone 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.

After Tooth Extraction

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.

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I saw Dr. Vakkas for the first time for a tooth extraction. He was amazing. I did not have any pain the next day. The office staff was very kind. I was very impressed when the doctor called me at home after my surgery to see how I was doing. I have already recommended him to several co-workers.

- Patricia P

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The office got me in within a few hours for an extraction of an infected tooth. The office staff is very attentive and caring. Dr Vakkos did an amazing job of extracting the tooth pain free. I have never had a tooth pulled and not had pain the next day. Dr Vakkos called a few hours after extraction to make sure I was doing OK. I would recommend this practice to everyone.

- Barbara A

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Dr. Vakkas and his staff made me feel comfortable and at ease. I had 2 teeth extracted 1 of them being a wisdom tooth.

- Nicole D

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My older son needed a tooth extraction a few years ago and we were very pleased then with the staff and procedure. This time, my younger son needed two teeth extracted and he is an anxious child. So even though the doctor discussed the procedure with us ahead of time, the day of the extraction, my son was nervous, teary, asking a lot of questions and wanted me by his side (not normally done). Dr. Vakkas and his staff worked it out so that I could be right outside the room and talk to my son while he had the procedure to help calm him and get him through it. The procedure was quick and efficient, (the anticipation is what was stressful for my son) and the staff was patient, kind, understanding and accommodating. I would recommend this office to anyone who needs oral surgery; they go above and beyond to make it the best experience possible for the patient. Professional and excellent in every way!

- Christine A

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These professionals made me feel at ease and they explained everything about the necessary dental extractions. They were excellent from the moment I walked in right through when I left the office.

- Janet S

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