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.
Reviews From Our General Tooth Extraction Patients
Steven Reviews His General Tooth Extraction ProcedureWatch Review
"My name is Steven. I live in Cary. I came to Lehman and Menis Oral Surgery for extractions. When I first walked in, the staff made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. The team was supportive, smiling, friendly, very easygoing. Dr. Menis is awesome, he goes over everything. The procedure went excellent. They took care of everything perfectly well. My experience here was very pleasant. I would highly recommend Lehman and Menis Oral Surgery to anyone in Crystal Lake."
Susan Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction ProcedureWatch Review
"My name is Susan, and I live in Huntley. I came to Lehman and Menis to treat an infected tooth and also so that my husband and my son could get treatment here. Everybody’s very friendly, and they answer questions very well, because I ask a lot of questions. The staff here is very helpful. They’re very kind and approachable. Dr. Menis has a great sense of humor, and he makes you feel comfortable right away. I had such a great experience here that when my son and my husband needed oral surgery, I came here right away. For all my friends and family in Huntley, if you are looking for a great oral surgeon, come to Lehman and Menis."
Dana Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction ProcedureWatch Review
"Hi, my name is Dana, and I live in Cary. I came to Lehman and Menis Oral Surgery so that both of my daughters could have extractions. The staff, when I first entered the office, made me feel very welcomed. They were all very friendly and very helpful. Dr. Menis—he is very personable, very experienced, very focused on his patients from the second he walks in the room. The procedures were much faster than I had expected. My overall experience here was absolutely wonderful. With a child with special needs, I definitely would recommend and trust Lehman and Menis."
Carol Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction ProcedureWatch Review
"My name is Carol. I live in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. I came to Lehman and Menis for some extractions. When you first walk into the practice, you are greeted very warmly. Dr. Menis is one of the best doctors you’ll ever meet in your entire life. He will calm your nerves faster. He is the most down-to-earth doctor you’ll ever meet. Now that I’ve got my three extractions, I feel fantastic. It was quick, efficient. The recovery was phenomenal. I would highly recommend that if you live in Lake in the Hills, or any surrounding suburbs, if you need any oral surgery, this is the place to go."