Tooth Extractions

Sometimes, a natural tooth cannot be saved, and it needs to be extracted. A tooth extraction can become necessary for several reasons:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Severely broken or damaged teeth
  • Malpositioned teeth:
    – Impacted teeth
    – Preparation for orthodontic treatment

If you need to have a tooth pulled, it is by far not the end of the world. Nowadays, a tooth extraction can be performed virtually painlessly using local anesthetics, and with proper care, recovery time after you pull a tooth is minimal.

It is crucial, however, that the extracted tooth is being replaced. The gap left behind by a tooth removal, even if it is just a single one, can lead to severe problems and complications in the future. Your remaining teeth can start shifting and severely impact your overall dental health, you may experience problems when chewing, and you can develop issues related to your jaw joint.

Today’s dentistry offers such well-advanced technologies and high-quality options that tooth replacements usually look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. At Monterey Peninsula Dental Group, we are proud that we can offer our patients state-of-the-art technologies and highly experienced dentists who are well-versed and highly educated in the latest dental techniques.

Every case is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We usually recommend one of two replacement options after a tooth extraction:

Our highly experienced dentists will thoroughly examine your case to ensure that there is no alternative to extraction and provide you with the best possible treatment plan.


This page has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Ryan Lehr, a partner at MPDG and a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry. Click here to follow him on Linkedin.

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