You may 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. Azzopardi, Dr. Moores, Dr. Chames, Dr. Kissoondial, Dr. Haskins or Dr. Coke will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

The Extraction Process under a Local Anesthetic

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.

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.

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- Mark S

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Dr. Azzopardi removed a cracked molar. Although I was nervous about the extraction, his kind and very caring demeanor made the entire process an absolute breeze! He works quickly with such ease and explains what he is doing, making the process much less scary. This extraction was a snap! Can’t recommend him enough.

- Carolyn M

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Dr Chames & Casey, his lead assistant made me feel so much less anxious about the extraction. Dr Chames worked with such precision that almost before I knew it, the procedure was over. Caring & empathetic.

- Nancy L

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Doctor assistant Ana made me feel comfortable and at ease before surgery. Surgeon Azzopardi did also.

- Denise E

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Dr. Azzopardi is the BEST!

- Tammy P

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