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Tooth Extraction

Safely and Easily Remove a Troubled Tooth

Sometimes, a badly damaged or decayed tooth needs to be removed. When performing a tooth extraction, our board-certified surgeons make sure you are comfortable and know exactly what to expect during the procedure and recovery. If the extracted tooth needs to be replaced, we can discuss your replacement options, such as dental implants.

Common Reasons for Needing a Tooth Pulled

  • Tooth crowding.
  • Previous restorative treatments have failed to save the tooth.
  • Tooth damage that cannot be repaired.
  • Impaction.
  • Advanced gum disease.
  • Severe infection or tooth decay.
  • Malformed teeth.
  • Preparation for dental implants.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

During your first visit, we will walk you through every step of your procedure. You play an active role in designing your treatment plan, and we are happy to answer any questions.

Your surgeon may numb the area with local anesthesia before simply removing the tooth with forceps. If you’re receiving a dental implant, this is typically placed immediately after the tooth is pulled. We provide detailed instructions to guide you through recovery.

Types of Anesthesia

The right anesthesia will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your level of anxiety.

Hear From Tooth Extraction Patients

These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing tooth extraction at our office.

Reviews From Our Tooth Extraction Patients

Marcus Reviews His Tooth Extraction Procedure

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"Hi, I’m Marcus. I’m from San Carlos. I came to The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego for a tooth extraction, bone graft, and dental implant. The practice is very professional. The doctors here are wonderful. I felt like I was really important for that time that I was being taken care of. I received a video prior to the procedure that actually laid out what would take place. Just knowing how easy the procedure really was just made me feel so much better. My overall experience here was great. Out of five stars, I would give The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego a five."

Nancy Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure

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"Hello, my name is Nancy and I’m from Rancho San Diego. I came to The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego for dental implants. This practice is very professional, yet you feel like you’re part of their family. As soon as we arrived, the staff immediately recognized who we were. The doctor explained to me the complete procedure, and after speaking to him, I felt very comfortable and confident in his abilities. My overall experience here was fabulous. I would highly recommend the surgeons here. They are fantastic."

Yolie Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure

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"My name is Yolie, and I'm from Chula Vista. I came to this practice to have an extraction and an implant. From the minute I walked in, I felt welcomed. I felt informed. And I felt, just, I was at the right place. The staff here was amazing. The doctors here were very friendly and very informative and had great bedside manner. My procedure went really well. It feels great to have that smile just because you feel more confident and you're just more yourself. I highly recommend the practice."

Fane Reviews His Tooth Extraction Procedure

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"Hi, I'm Fane from San Diego, and I had a bone graft and a tooth extraction by Dr. Shelton. I felt the office to be very warm, the staff very professional and courteous and respectful, from the time I stepped into the office until I was done with the surgery. I felt that Dr. Shelton was extremely compassionate, answered all my questions, and made me feel very comfortable about the upcoming surgery. I'm very happy with the outcome at this point. The care that I got was exceptionally good. I highly recommend The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego."

Steve Reviews His Tooth Extraction Procedure

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"Hi, my name is Steve from San Diego, and I had a tooth extraction with Dr. Shelton. When you walk in, everybody smiles at you, and I feel really comfortable here, I feel like people really care about you. This office is awesome. It's super nice and bright, open, and I was really impressed with his staff. They're friendly. They treat you with respect; they're very kind. They're helpful. Dr. Shelton, to me, is a really down-to-earth human being. He just makes you feel comfortable. He talks to you like a normal person. He's very thorough, makes everything so that you can understand it, and he cares about you. He cares about what he's doing. He obviously loves his work, and it shows. The surgery went really well. Good experience is not the word — great experience. For my friends and family in San Diego and La Jolla, I strongly recommend The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego."

How Can We Help?

If you have questions, would like to learn more about a procedure, or wish to schedule an appointment, give us a call. Our board-certified surgeons and attentive team are here to help.