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By Proven Dental
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Wisdom ToothMaintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups are important steps for keeping your natural teeth healthy so you can preserve them for as long as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth, though. In such cases, extraction is performed to maintain or improve your overall oral health. For example, extracting a severely infected tooth prevents the infection from spreading to other teeth. At Proven Dental, Dr. James Murphy is your dentist in Waukesha, WI for tooth extractions.

Reasons for Extraction

There are several situations when extraction of a tooth is the best option. One situation that calls for extraction is a severely infected tooth. A primary reason for extracting an infected tooth is to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth so additional teeth do not become infected and also require extraction. Your Waukesha, WI, dentist can advise you if extraction would be beneficial in your case. Other situations that often call for extraction include:

  • Severely infected teeth
  • Teeth damaged by injury or trauma
  • Impacted wisdom teeth that will not fully erupt
  • Overcrowded teeth with insufficient space
  • Baby teeth that have not fallen out by the normal age

Extraction Procedure

Several steps are involved in the procedure for extracting a tooth. An x-ray is usually taken prior to beginning the procedure so the dentist can examine the positioning of the tooth’s root and make the appropriate adjustments if it is oddly positioned. Local anesthesia will then be applied to the extraction site to numb the area. A sedative might also be administered, which helps patients relax during the procedure. Finally, the problem tooth will be extracted.

Tooth extraction can be required when a tooth has been extensively damaged or infected. Extraction can also be necessary when in cases of overcrowding. To find out if you need a tooth extracted, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy, your dentist in Waukesha, WI, by calling Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000.


Removing a problem tooth (extraction) is a common dental procedure. But not all extractions are alike — depending on the type of tooth, its location and extenuating circumstances, you may need an oral surgeon to perform it.

Fortunately, that's not always the case. Teeth with straight or cone-shaped roots, like an upper front tooth, have a fairly straight removal path. A general dentist first carefully manipulates the tooth loose from the periodontal ligament fibers that help hold it in place (experienced dentists, in fact, develop a “feel” for this process). Once it's loosened from the fibers it's a simple motion to remove the tooth.

But as mentioned before, a “simple extraction” won't work with every tooth or situation. To find out if it can we'll first need to determine the true shape of the tooth and roots, as well as the condition of the supporting bone. We might find any number of issues during this examination that make a simple extraction problematic.

For example, teeth with multiple roots (especially in back) may have complicated removal paths. If the roots themselves are unhealthy and brittle from previous injury or a root canal treatment, they can fracture into smaller pieces during removal. A tooth could also be impacted — it hasn't fully erupted but remains below the gum surface. It's these types of situations that require surgery to remove the tooth.

During a surgical extraction, the oral surgeon will first numb the area with a local anesthetic, as well as a sedative if you have issues with anxiety. They then perform a surgical procedure appropriate for the situation to remove the tooth. More than likely they'll insert bone grafts before closing the site with stitches to deter bone loss (a common occurrence after losing a tooth).

Afterward, your provider may prescribe antibiotics and an antibacterial mouthrinse to ward off infection. You'll also be given care instructions for the extraction site to keep it clean. Any discomfort should subside in a few days and can be managed effectively with a mild anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or aspirin.

It can be overwhelming having a tooth removed. In your dentist's capable hands, however, the experience will be uneventful.

If you would like more information on tooth extraction, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?