Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your

diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed

the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or

treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to

provide treatment on another day.  Dr. McKay may find placing you on an 

antibiotic is necessary before an extraction can be performed.  This is to

make sure the infection doesn’t spread to other teeth or other parts of your

body.  Dr. McKay may find referring you to a specialist of oral surgery is

necessary for medical 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. McKay will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth. The extraction process at the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone 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.


Root Tip Extraction

Why Third Molar (wisdom teeth) Extraction?