Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Eichner, Dr. Smiga, Dr. Davies, Dr. Robertson or Dr. Hartman 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, Robertson or Hartman 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”.

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Tooth Extraction Reviews

Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC

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This was the first time I had Dr. Bryce Hartman and the first time I have been to the Shadyside office. I would definitely recommend him to anybody who needs any kind of oral surgery. He explained exactly what he was going to be doing, answered all of my questions, and extracted my tooth without any pain. The only thing I even felt was the needle going into the roof of my mouth for numbing, which was extremely minimal. The entire staff was extremely helpful making sure that I understood what to do and what to expect, and if I had any problems or concerns whatsoever, to call their number, which they respond to 24 hours a day. Dr. Hartman even called me that same night to make sure that I was okay and not having any problems.

- Janice S

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I've been getting work done on this tooth in some way, shape or form for 18 months. I've had some form of a toothache for EIGHTEEN MONTHS. I got the tooth extracted yesterday and while it hurt yesterday, this morning was the first morning in 18 months I didn't wake up clenching my jaw in pain. I can speak without it hurting and I can sing without it hurting. Everybody I interacted with was so kind and really helpful with my dental anxiety. Nobody wants to need a tooth extracted but the people made the process a lot less difficult than I thought it'd be.

- Daniela E

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My visit was great !! The job was done so professionally it was the best dental procedure I had in my whole entire life!!! Felt absolutely no pain I’m so thankful for coming to this office and will most certainly recommend to friends and family.

- Chris B

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Highly recommend

- Daisie R

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Dr Hartman was just the greatest at putting you at ease. I would highly recommend him and the staff at Pittsburgh Oral.

- Karl C

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Overall a good experience.

- Carrie B

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Plenty of parking, the staff was extremely polite and the over-all experience was great.

- Tracie G

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Completely professional and friendly visit. If a tooth extraction is required there is no better place to go.

- Edward S

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The procedure was fast and painless

- Pavel S

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This was the first time I had to have teeth extracted and I was a bit anxious! Dr Robertson and his staff but me at ease before my procedure. I opted for anesthesia and my nurse Karen did a wonderful job administrating it! before I knew it I was done and on my way home! No pain!! Dr Robertson called that evening to see if I had any problems or questions. My overall experience was a positive one!

- cindy m

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Everything was really good, and was able to get in and out with little difficulty.

- Gwen C

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Even though I didn’t have a referral card or x-rays upon arrival, the staff were very positive and professional and did not let that interrupt the scheduled procedure- Dr. Neil Robertson was very nice and provided great care when providing the local and when extracting my tooth - his assistant Cassie was super nice and made me feel comfortable while I was getting the procedure done. I really appreciate the care that was provided!

- Antoinette S

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I suffer from extreme fear of dental procedures of any sort. This is my second visit and the first was excellent, and the second was even better. The staff understood my fears and in their manner, conversation, and carrying out of their duties calmed fears and made me as comfortable as possible. Thank you!

- Paul W

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The staff and doctor were very helpful, supportive. Customer service was a plus. The doctor was wonderful and I had no pain throughout the procedure.

- Belen M

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I felt very comfortable. Everyone was very nice.

- Geneva t

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This is the 2nd time in 6 years that I had Dr. Sarah Davies do an extraction. I will go to no one else for an extraction. She does a great job and as usual it turned out to be painless.

- William H

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Everything went smoothly and quickly. The staff was all professional and performed well.Everything went smoothly and quickly. The staff was all professional and performed well. The only thing I could complain about is that a took 12 weeks to get the appointment. Thankful to have it done now though

- Brandon C

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Great office staff

- Fred L. S

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Dr. Davies was super nice and patient with me especially while numbing me up. I have a horrible phobia of needles and she was very kind about it. I was a little nervous when I made the appointment because I thought I'd have to come back for the extraction on a later date, but the consult took only a few minutes and then they immediately got started on the extraction so I was extremely grateful for that. Overall I had a positive experience and I'm grateful this office was recommended to me.

- Nicole E

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Quick and easy in and out procedure. Procedure and expectations were explained by the doctor Robertson and associate Kate. Post procedure guidance was provided,

- Srinivas K

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The appointment was very smooth, fast and professional.

- Yichun L

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Everyone was Fantastic as nervous as I was everybody made it a point to make me feel relaxed once in the chair everything was fully explained to me about the procedure very professional and thorough. They made sure i was ok before getting started. I am home now and no pain would highly recommend this office !!!!!!!!

- Anthony G

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Dr. Davies is the best. Answered questions. Very professional staff. Procedure done quickly with no complications. Dr. Davies explained all aspects of the procedure very clearly before and during.

- Louis Esola

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Courteous and Efficient!

- Matt P

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Professional and friendly. Felt safe with COVID issues.

- Niki R

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Quick, easy, and painless tooth extraction

- Dan H

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This dentist visit was amazing for us. I brought my Mom here for her appointment. She doesn’t speak English that well. We love our family dentist and we don’t like going anywhere else, but this place was very enjoyable even though the procedure my Mom was getting was not supposed to be a good time. The doctor and staff were so patient. They would tell us what they were going to do, but also gave me time to translate and explain everything to Mom. Mom was pleasantly surprised to have a female doctor and loved how well she was taken care of. She felt like she was in the very best hands.

- Xuan G

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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

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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

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Very friendly and informative each step of the way. Got an appointment right ASAP

- Melissa K

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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

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I felt taken care of

- Renee H

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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

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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

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Felt very safe with everything that is going on with this covid-19

- Robert g

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Great job

- Debbie E

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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

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Cassie in the shady side office was wonderful.

- suzanne V

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The DR. and her staff were very professional. And very knowledgeable and cared for the well being of patient.

- Gregory Y

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Very friendly

- Leroy Broadus

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Quick, professional and very efficient!

- Cheryl N

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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

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A+ staff!!!! Great bedside manner!

- Tara S

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Dr Davies was wonderful. Very Pleasant and made you feel At ease. Explain the procedure and what to expect.

- Jo ann V

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Caring amd compassionate

- Andrea A

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I was 100% satisfied with the care and the procedure. Thank you

- Saki V

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Great experience, especially since I have anxiety issues

- Sherry C

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Staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable

- Deborah B

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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

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Everyone in the office was welcoming and friendly, and Dr. Robertson was extremely kind and professional. A very comfortable atmosphere.

- Daniel G

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