Extraction

At Lisa Miller Oral Facial Surgery, we do both surgical and simple tooth extractions. Thanks to our experience and modern tools and techniques, we can safely and gently remove teeth while ensuring you feel at ease and relaxed during the procedure.

What is an extraction?

An extraction is when we remove a tooth. Your dentist and Dr. Miller may determine that you need a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Irreparable damage to the tooth
  • Poor positioning or impaction

Before performing an extraction, Dr. Miller numbs the area with a local anesthetic. She then uses a specially designed instrument to rock the tooth to widen the socket, gently easing it out. Some teeth require sectioning. If the tooth is firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket doesn’t expand enough, Dr. Miller will simply cut the tooth into sections and remove the pieces one at a time.

Whichever route we opt for, you won’t feel anything except for pressure since the nerves will be numb. When the procedure is over, Dr. Miller will clean the area and allow it to heal naturally.

Benefits of Extractions

01. Allows for a Replacement Tooth

Extracting a damaged or diseased tooth makes way for a replacement restoration.

02. Prevents Infection

In certain cases, an extraction can prevent an infection from spreading.

03. Eliminates Pain

Once the tooth is extracted, it will no longer cause you pain.

Treatment Considerations

Dr. Miller will examine you and review your x-rays to ensure the right tooth, root and bone conditions exist to safely perform a simple extraction. In some cases, like for an impacted wisdom tooth, a surgical extraction is indicated instead. However, Dr. Miller will carefully evaluate you before deciding on the best course of action.

Removing a single tooth can lead to problems with chewing, shifting teeth, and issues with the jaw joint, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, Dr. Miller may discuss your options for permanently replacing the tooth once the area has completely healed.

Simple Extraction
Post-Operative Instructions for a Simple Extraction

Whether you have aesthetic or oral health concerns, we’ve got you covered. Schedule a visit to meet with our Birmingham oral surgeon.