You and Dr. Eichner, Dr. Smiga, Dr. Davies or Dr. Robertson 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. Eichner, Smiga, Davies or Robertson 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”.
Tooth Extraction Reviews
Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC
The folks at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery helped make my dental surgery go smoothly. They explained everything from the cost and insurance to the surgery details.
- DEBRA B
I would absolutely recommend the South Hills office to anyone needing oral surgery. The staff were fantastic and welcoming. Dr Smiga did a wonderful job extracting two third bottom molars in less than 15minutes total. I was concerned about minimal gum swelling and I had a follow up appointment the same day I called. It was just normal healing and sometimes I forget I am 66 and not 20....so healing in 10 days is normal..lol. Wonderful practice and happy with results..Thank You
- Patti S
Very friendly and informative each step of the way. Got an appointment right ASAP
- Melissa K
Initial appointment scheduled with Monroeville office. They were so accommodating, and checked the Shadyside schedule to find an earlier appointment. They were successful; Shadyside was very friendly, organized, and efficient
- Joanmarie M
I felt taken care of
- Renee H
The office is clean. It's social distancing. Staff is following the CDC guidelines for covid 19. The doctor who has done the surgery explained the process with her assistant and myself. This helped to sooth any anxieties that I may have experienced.
- Karol S
I really appreciated the ease of setting my appointment, the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, the safety precautions taken in the situation (Covid 19 pandemic).
- William W
Felt very safe with everything that is going on with this covid-19
- Robert g
- Debbie E
Pittsburgh Oral Surgery-Shadyside is Top Notch in Every Way! 5 Gold Stars!!! Dr. Davies by Far is Simply The Bestest! Kaitlyn the O.S. Assistant was Superb! All Front Desk was Wonderful! Clean, Organized & Smooth Running Professional Office! Highly Recommend!
- Angela H
Cassie in the shady side office was wonderful.
- suzanne V
The DR. and her staff were very professional. And very knowledgeable and cared for the well being of patient.
- Gregory Y
- Leroy Broadus
Quick, professional and very efficient!
- Cheryl N
Everyone was very friendly and sympathetic to my nervousness. Lifting up my spirits and encouraging to me. Reinforcing it will all be fine and that I will do okay.
- Donna P
A+ staff!!!! Great bedside manner!
- Tara S
Dr Davies was wonderful. Very Pleasant and made you feel At ease. Explain the procedure and what to expect.
- Jo ann V
Caring amd compassionate
- Andrea A
I was 100% satisfied with the care and the procedure. Thank you
- Saki V
Great experience, especially since I have anxiety issues
- Sherry C
Staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable
- Deborah B
Everyone in the office was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Smiga was great! I love that he set the expectation upfront for what I would experience and then talked me through each step of the procedure. The extraction was quick and painless.
- Amanda L
Everyone in the office was welcoming and friendly, and Dr. Robertson was extremely kind and professional. A very comfortable atmosphere.
- Daniel G
I was petrified as I was entering the facility. Your staff was absolutely caring and understsnding towards me. Did their best to comfort me!
- Bernice A
Office staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The doctor and assistant performed their work professionally and the procedure was basically painless.
- JEFFREY M
Excellent care! Friendly, patient, calming, as painless as possible. Wonderful office.
- John D
Very friendly staff. Very professional service. Appreciate being added to the schedule. Thank you.
- Lynn A
Doctor Davies is very professional and thorough.
- Susan N
Everyone was nice, professional and had all the knowledge they needed to perform the tasks at hand
- Loretta O
First pulled tooth. Nice office, timely, friendly, felt very comfortable, answered all questions pre and post procedure
- James K
The office personnel and the Doctor couldn't have been nicer. I felt relaxed and that I was in good hands!
- Donna M
For a procedure that nobody enjoys the staff and doctor were great.
- David M
The office staff is very friendly and they also seem very knowledgeable. My procedure went about as well as could be expected and the after-care instructions were very clear and helpful.
- Dawn W
overall the visit went well and I didn't spend too much time waiting.
- Mohamed S
Everyone has always been kind and informative at the visits. Very friendly staff! !
- Caleb R
Doctor was very informative on the procedure.. She took me step by step . I was very comfortable.
- Ronelda M
Pittsburgh oral surgery is the best I will not go anywhere else had people trying to sell me on aspen dental but I told them no way there is always a catch when they offer something free
- kevin P
Everybody was very kind and attentive.
- Rebecca Burgwin W
Appreciate that the office took me with little notice.
- Yvonne D
I was terrified of having a wisdom tooth extraction....the staff and Dr. Davies were great in calming my fears and doing an excellent job....it was practically painless and I was in and out in no time! TY!
- lee d
Everyone we encounted was friendlyand knowledgeable. And made me feel at ease before my procedure.
- Rick J
I've had a few teeth extracted in the past and I can honestly say that this was a very pleasant experience for me. The staff is excellent, kind and makes you relaxed even though you are already anxious. The Dr. also made me at ease by explaining to me what to expect as well as during the procedure. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!
- Mary Jo O
the care was fast and painless
- Deborah s
I had a wonderful experience and I will definitely recommend this office to family and friends.
- Chakarian R
Friendly,helpful and professional
- Sybil V
Great staff & Doctors! Nice and friendly and made us feel at ease
Thanks for your great service
- Boll W
Everyone was really nice and pleasant
- Natalie G
eexcellent care in a stressful situation
- Kathy B
The staff was very helpful and kind, and made every effort to make sure I was comfortable during my procedure.
- Nicollette A