Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Baker, Dr. Baber or Dr. Lewis 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, Drs. Baker, Baber or Lewis 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

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.

Ozark Oral Surgery Group

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This was first appt to set up plan for oral surgery. All the staff was helpful and friendly and kind. Dr. Lewis took time to listen and explain what he thought the best plan was. He didn't try to shove any thing down our throats, but gave us a choice along with his recommendations. We were very pleased and relieved when we left there.

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Very quick but professional. Took the time to explain what I could expect and answered any questions I had.

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Dr. Baker is a wonderful doctor who is so talented and caring with his patients. I have been to him several times over the years, and he has always treated me with the same genuine care each time.

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Great experience. Dr. Lewis did a phenomenal job in extracting a tooth, and doing a bone graft. Will recommend him to all my friends and the people I work with.

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Awesome crew. Very helpful.

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Dr. Baker is first rate. Great listener.

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We felt so taken care of! Came in with a broken tooth for our little one. You always want to know your child is in great hands!! From consultation and over the phone scheduling to procedure and recovery, everything went so well. We will be recommending Dr Paul Lewis to everyone we know.

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Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. All options were explained to my utmost satisfaction.

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Emergency visit after I had a crown break. They got me in fast and did a great job

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I am very appreciative of the personal care that was shown to me. Everyone was courteous and professional.

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They fit us in because of an emergency situation. We are thankful!

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I like that he took the time to ask me questions and that he took it a step farther to want my medical records from previous doctor before moving forward with treatment. Just shows, it's not about the money.

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Dr Baker went above and beyond to help me today! He is so wonderful and caring!

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I would highly recommend Ozark Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to anyone. I was treated with respect, and everyone was considerate of my pain. I had never had to have a tooth removed previously, and was extremely nervous and apprehensive about the whole procedure, especially the fact of being put to sleep for a tooth removal. Dr. Lewis and his nurse could see how nervous I was, they both made sure that all my questions were answered and made sure to calm my nerves and made the whole procedure as painless and comfortable as possible. Thank you so much for all your compassion and understanding.

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