General Tooth Extraction

Removing an Unhealthy, Damaged, or Deteriorated Tooth

The town of Crystal Lake is filled with friendly faces, and we love to keep our community smiling. When a tooth is beyond saving through other means, extraction is recommended to protect the remaining teeth. Dr. Lehman and Dr. Menis have decades of experience providing a wide range of procedures, including the surgical removal of teeth. After your extraction procedure, we will be happy to discuss options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants or the full-arch restoration procedure.

Tooth Extraction Process

General tooth extraction is typically an outpatient procedure that can often be performed using local anesthesia. When you come to see us for a consultation, we may take 3D scans of your mouth and face to get more detailed images of your condition. In every case, our team will make sure that you are at ease and comfortable before your treatment takes place. Please let us know if you are feeling anxious so that we can provide you with additional anesthesia or sedation options.

For teeth that are visible above the gum line and not impacted, your oral surgeon will typically use a special tool to loosen the tooth before removing it with forceps. For extractions that are more complicated, or if your tooth is impacted (trapped beneath the gums, either under the gum tissue and/or bone), your oral surgeon may need to make a small incision in your gums or remove a small amount of bone to extract the tooth. After the procedure, your surgeon may use stitches to close the incision.

You will receive detailed pre- and post-operative instructions from our office that will outline everything you need to know about what to do before and after your procedure. Following these instructions will help to ensure you have an optimal experience and result.

When Are Extractions Recommended?

If other restorative options such as crowns, fillings, and root canals have failed to repair the tooth, or if the affected tooth is threatening the health of the surrounding teeth, it may be time to have a tooth removed.

You may need an extraction if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Tooth crowding
  • Failed restorative treatments
  • Extreme tooth damage
  • An impacted tooth
  • Advanced gum disease
  • A severe infection or tooth decay
  • A malformed tooth

Hear From General Tooth Extraction Patients

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

Andrew & Cara Saliga

November 2023

Loved Dr. Menis and his staff! Had 3 wisdom Teeth extracted and from the initial consult to the many questions I had prior to surgery, his staff was super friendly, knowledgeable, and reassuring. Dr. Menis is a wonderful person as well to being a doctor. Thanks for all!

Maureen Moore

August 2023

I HIGHLY recommend them to all. I lost a tooth and needed an implant. I was extremely nervous about going through with this procedure. Everyone in the office made me feel so comfortable and Dr. Lehman was awesome. I ve also had my daughter there years ago for extraction of her wisdom teeth and had the same wonderful experience at that time.


Steven Niles

October 2023

Great experience. Informative, friendly, wonderful chair side manner. On time and very efficient front office staff. Support staff assisting the docs were knowledgeable and caring. Dr. Lehman made me feel like we had known each other for years and talked me through the procedure every step of the way. If you have to go through with implants, you can t go wrong with trusting your care to the team at Lehman and Menis.


Maha Ahmed

November 2023

had my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Menis and had a very good experience. The consultation was extremely helpful and the day of the surgery went smoothly. The office was very communicative and they are always available for post operative visits, which I did end up doing just for peace of mind. They called multiple times to check in on me and I would definitely recommend them over anyone else.


Questions? We Are Here to Help

Our staff is here to answer your questions and guide you throughout your journey with our practice. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment.

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