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Tooth Removal

Tooth Removal from Metropolitan Periodontists, P.A.

If you have been told you have a tooth that needs to be removed, we can help.

Reasons for tooth removal

There are numerous situations in which an extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another restorative procedure.  Some common reasons for extraction include:

  • Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
  • Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
  • Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
  • Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy

How is a tooth extracted?

As a precaution, we will first take a 3D scan of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure.  You will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure.  Next, Drs. Wilson of Kersten will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth.  Finally, they will use an instrument called a forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue.  If the tooth has more than one root, the tooth will need to be sectioned into two pieces to preserve the bone around the tooth.

Once removed, our periodontists will clean the socket and remove any infected tissue. We usually place a bone graft to preserve the socket, place a membrane over the bone graft and suture.

The day of the procedure it is very important to ice the area. We will give you a reusable ice pack before you leave the office.

Our assistants will go over detailed home-care instructions before your procedure.


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74 South 9th Street    |     Suite 210    |    Minneapolis, MN    |    Call 612-332-0869