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Tooth Extraction in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

Many people, when experiencing tooth pain, often wish to have the tooth pulled. For some, it seems like the easiest and fastest way to relieve the pain. Extraction of your tooth, however, is the last resort in dental care, even with extreme tooth pain. Your natural teeth are vital to your oral health and can add years to your life. Retaining chewing function and a proper bite is essential to maintain a healthy and functional smile. Sometimes, when decay and infection are just too severe, a tooth must be pulled. Dr. Rob Heller provides tooth extractions in Lewis Center, OH when necessary.

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Type of Extractions

There are two forms of tooth extraction: Surgical and Simple. The type you need will depend on if the tooth has erupted out of the gum tissue or if it is still below the gumline. Teeth which have erupted are removed using the Simple technique. Those that remain below the gumline are removed Surgically.  Regardless of the reason a tooth must be pulled, extractions are only reserved for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.

The Benefits of a Crown Include:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Attaching a dental bridge
  • Holding a filling in place
  • To protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To strengthen the teeth
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

How to Know if You May Need a Dental Crown

  • You have weak teeth (i.e.: from decay)
  • To prevent teeth from breaking or cracking
  • You have teeth that are severely worn down or already broken
  • You need a large filling
  • You need a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth
  • Your teeth are misshapen or discolored
  • You have a root canal
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

Extraction: Simple or Surgical?

There are two different types of extractions. The method Dr. Heller uses is based upon which tooth needs to be extracted and the circumstances surrounding the tooth. In both procedures, Dr. Heller will make sure you are completely numb to provide a comfortable experience during your visit.

One type of extraction is called a simple extraction

This occurs when the tooth in question is visible above the gum line and does not need to be cut or sectioned in order to be removed. Dr. Heller will grasp the tooth with forceps and gently move the tooth back and forth to loosen the surrounding supporting tissue enough to allow the tooth’s removal.

The second type of extraction is a surgical extraction

This occurs when the tooth has broken off at the gum line, is still under the gum tissue, or will require sectioning for removal. To see the tooth, the gums must be cut and pulled back. Wisdom teeth are often extracted using this method.


If you are experiencing tooth pain and would like to learn more about your options for restoration or extraction, call Dr. Heller’s office in Lewis Center, OH to schedule an appointment today. We can determine the best course of treatment for you!

Reasons Teeth May Be Extracted Include:

Extractions are usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem. Teeth may be removed because of:
  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in (supernumerary teeth)
  • Severe gum disease
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Non-restorable teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic reasons

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