General Tooth Extraction

Teeth that have been damaged by decay or traumatic fracture can sometimes be fixed with a filling, root canal, or crown. However, at times, there is too much damage for one of these procedures, in which case the damaged tooth or teeth must be removed. Some common reasons for needing a tooth extraction include infection, crowding, and tooth loosening.


  • Tooth decay can enter the center of the tooth containing the nerves and blood vessels and become incurable through root canal therapy.
  • Chemotherapy and organ transplant medications can compromise your immune system; a compromised immune system is more susceptible to serious tooth infections.

Teeth extractions are vital in cases of infection because removing the teeth prevents the infection from spreading to the rest of your teeth.


  • When baby teeth don’t fall out in a timely manner, adult teeth can grow in and cause crowding.
  • If you have extra teeth in your mouth, they can prevent your normal teeth from growing properly.

General extractions are often necessary to prevent irreparable damage to permanent teeth that might be caused by crowding. Tooth removal is also common in patients whose dental crowding is preventing them from preparing for braces or other orthodontics.

Tooth Loosening

  • Periodontal disease, which is classified as infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, may loosen adult teeth.

It’s vital to remove teeth loosened by periodontal disease to prevent the disease from spreading and damaging or loosening additional teeth.

When you have teeth removed, many times you may worry about how your smile will look. Our practice is proud to offer a variety of tooth replacement options. We want to make sure you always have a smile you can be proud of. When you visit us for your consultation appointment, your doctor will discuss all of your options for tooth restoration. Certain solutions, such as dental implants, can be placed during the same procedure as your tooth extraction.

Before scheduling your procedure, you will undergo a thorough oral exam and possible X-rays of the tooth that must be removed. Your doctor will create a plan for the tooth extraction, taking into consideration your age, the presence of gum disease, and your tooth’s relationship with other areas of your mouth, such as your sinuses, nerves, and other teeth. Most times, tooth removal procedures can be completed during a single surgical visit.

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At Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, our top priority is providing the highest level of service possible to each patient who enters our practice. We offer a wide variety of procedures that includes wisdom tooth removal, general tooth extractions, bone grafting procedures, dental implant placement, treatment of oral pathology, and the management of TMJ disorders. Our team strives to serve your needs with compassion and does everything in our power to ensure that every patient is fully informed and comfortable throughout the entirety of their care.

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