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Tooth Extractions


When a tooth is broken or damaged to the point that it cannot be repaired, your dentist may recommend to have it removed or extracted.  Some of the reasons that dentists recommend tooth extractions include:

  • Crowding: Often teeth are removed to free up space in the arch to straighten the remaining teeth. It is not uncommon to have extra teeth as well that will be removed prior to starting orthodontics
  • ​Infection: When decay reaches the nerve canal of the tooth, the bacteria rapidly moves to the tip of the root and can cause severe pain and infections in the jawbone. It is easier to remove an infected tooth before the infection spreads beyond the jaw. This is especially true in patients that are immune compromised from medicines or systemic diseases such as diabetes.
  • ​Periodontal Disease/Tooth Loosening: In cases of moderate to severe periodontal disease, teeth become loose. When they are noticeably loose, extraction is usually the only option.
  • Decay or Cracks: If a tooth has decayed below the gumline, or if there are cracks into the gumline it is often deemed unrestorable.

Before your extraction, Dr. Loveless will consult with you and discuss all risks, benefits and alternatives of tooth extractions. We will also discuss options to replace the missing tooth, whether it be conventional bridgework or dental implants. If you desire to replace the tooth with an implant we will discuss whether bone grafting is necessary or if an implant can be placed immediately.

​Your surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide), IV sedation, or general anesthesia. You can discuss your comfort level with the procedure and the types of sedation prior to surgery. Click here for a discussion on the different types of anesthesia used in oral surgery.

Post-Operative Instructions for Extractions

 

Oral surgical care in a safe, warm, and caring environment!

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5 of 5 stars of 167

What can I say? No one likes to visit the dentist…especially for anything other than having their teeth cleaned. I am no different. Hated that I had to have a tooth taken out but it was necessary. I was referred here by my dentist to see Dr. Loveless. If I ever have to have anything else done from an oral surgeon, I would never wish to see anyone else. Dr. Loveless and his staff not only made me feel less anxious but they were super nice and made sure that I knew everything that was being done. I would refer them to anyone with complete confidence! If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would. I want to tell them all thank you for making this process much easier on me. Just an amazing staff and surgeon!!

5 of 5 stars of 167

Great place. Super nice staff and quick procedures. Everyone I know who got surgery done elsewhere was bedridden for a week but I had almost immediate recovery time. Highly recommend this place

Clayton J.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 167

Very friendly staff. Doctor spent time to explain and answer questions. Easy to make an appointment. Easy to get a recheck. Staff and Doctor made themselves readily available for questions after surgery even during holidays.

Laurie M.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless and his team were amazing! I was a new patient and called to see if I could get in right away to remove a wisdom tooth. It was an emergency, and they got me in within the hour!! The staff through out my whole experience, from the front desk to the dental assistants, were GREAT!!!! The office was fresh and clean. I highly recommend Dr. Loveless if you’re looking for an oral surgeon.

Raegan M.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 167

The Staff was very helpful, Chrissy made my visit wonderful, she made me feel at ease and helped me to not be apprehensive. Dr. Loveless did a great job of extracting my tooth. I would highly recommend him and his staff.

5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless is amazing. I will continue to use and refer people to him.

5 of 5 stars of 167

My experience with the ladies and Doctor Loveless was great. I had never been put under by anesthesia before and they made me comfortable and very relaxed. They took care of me from the beginning consultation to leaving minus 4 teeth. Thankfully Dr. Loveless is a younger man so he will hopefully be around to treat my children with the same care, someday.

5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless and the rest of his team was great! They made the whole experience very enjoyable. I was really nervous before going into my surgery and the team was very friendly and made me feel at ease. I will definitely recommend friends and family to Dr Loveless. He has a great bedside manner and, is very professional. I know ive found an awesome oral surgeon.

Angie B.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

I went to get my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago & i could not wait to leave a review. My experience was absolutely PHENOMENAL. I wish i could give them more stars. Everyone at the facility was nice, accommodating and very professional. The procedure was done very quickly and they even gave me Ted Drew’s afterwards! My recovery has been unbelievably easy & fast. I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted and there was very little swelling. I’ve barely had to take any pain medication and i was even able to eat the next day! I’m convinced they are magicians because the entire experience was just so great it seemed unreal! I never leave reviews but I just had to after receiving such amazing treatment. They definitely live up to the reviews!

Keyonna H.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

Best oral surgery place! Everyone is so friendly & caring! They did a great job of making sure I was comfortable & the surgeon did an excellent job-they even gave me some Ted Drewes to bring home!

Deb M.
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