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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 811

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 811

I went to have my wisdom teeth removed and it was the most pleasant experience. The staff and physician were very friendly and immediately put me at ease. The office was beautiful and exceptionally clean and I would definitely recommend their services to anyone and everyone!

Holly P.
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5 of 5 stars of 811

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

5 of 5 stars of 811

Dr. Loveless was wonderful, kind, professional, and really made me feel comfortable. He is the kind of man you would want as your regular dentist for not only yourself, but for also your family, neighbors, former roommates twice removed (you get the picture lol). I was completely and utterly scared when I went in and he and the staff helped ease my fears. I didn’t feel anything, he worked quickly, and I left feeling really confident in his work. I hope I never need oral surgery again but if I do, I’m going to [him], hands down. I would absolutely recommend [him] to anyone. 🙂

Jenny C.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 811

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 811

“For the gentle care on my three extractions–you’re the best!”

5 of 5 stars of 811

We were headed to Florida when my son came down with an abscessed tooth. Dr. Loveless was able to get us in and remove his tooth before our flight. I can’t thank Laurie enough for making what could be a scary experience for my 7 year old, a fun, pleasant one. I can’t express how thankful I am for her treating him like her own and making sure he was comfortable. She went above and beyond in my eyes and made this nervous mom rest a little easier. Thank you both!!!

5 of 5 stars of 811

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.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 811

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.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 811

Dr. Loveless,

Thank you for making my tooth extraction so quick and easy. I was expecting a lot of pain. Haven’t experienced any residual pain, either since I woke up the following morning. You should hang a shingle stating “painless Dentist”!! Also, your staff is so kind and attentive. I would definitely come back when needed, and recommend you to anyone in need. Though I don’t wish that pre-surgery pain on any person (or animal) for that matter!

 

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