You and Dr. Stutts 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. Stutts 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
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Patient Review By Ron S
Hi Dr. Stutts and Staff — You may not recall my recent procedure, but if I were to mention my “fears and reluctance”, perhaps recollection would become a bit more crystallized. In any case, I wanted to take just a moment to say THANK YOU for performing what could easily be described as an “Einsteinian” time transformation. You managed to execute a little “tap and twist” wrist action (while engaging in a pleasant chat) that somehow took place in about 10 seconds. The estimated 10 minute procedure was observable (perhaps) only by folks in the waiting room (as we whizzed by at near the speed of light?). When done I was sans one upper rear molar. ANYway, I felt NO pain during the procedure and felt NO discomfort afterwards. Within a few days I was back to normal chewing habits and am now able to chew nuts without having to brush my teeth immediately thereafter. I suspect you do not encounter many patients with my initial fears and reluctance. But then how many folks have 20 years of post-herpatic terrifying break-thru pain as a backdrop? However, if you do have future patients with reservations or concerns, perhaps allowing them to read excerpts from this note might help alleviate some anxiety. Had I known you were able to transform 10 minutes into 10 seconds I know my anxiety level would have been near zero. I have been lucky enough to benefit from what can only be described as a brilliantly and talented execution of a non-trivial surgical procedure with results that can only be described with one word: Perfection !! Thank you.
- Ron S
Patient Review By Mary E
Dr. Stutts level of care and professionalism, as well as that of the entire staff, is exceptiona!l As a result, I found my anxiety and fears were totally unwarranted. I would highly recommend Dr. Stutts , and his practice, to anyone!
- Mary E
Patient Review By Diane W
I wish all medical/dental offices were run so well and friendly. I unexpectedly had to have a tooth pulled. Once I scheduled the appt., they contacted my insurance, directed me to the online medical forms etc. so when I arrived there were no surprises. For each of my 3 visits (consultation, extraction & follow-up) I was seen on time or even a bit before my appt. time. I really appreciate an office that values my time as much as theirs. The procedure and healing went more smoothly than I ever could have expected. Dr. Stutts and his whole staff are professional, thorough and so very friendly!!! Would I go back . . . ABSOLUTELY!!! Would I recommend . . . ABSOLUTELY!!
- Diane W