Tooth Extractions

There are different reasons why a patient may need to extract teeth. A proper diagnosis can be determined through an intraoral examination or radiographic exam. Sometimes, teeth need to be extracted due to: advanced periodontal disease, decay, for orthodontic treatment, fractures or because they are impacted.

When a single tooth is extracted (removed) it can cause difficulty with chewing, leading to tmj discomfort and shifting teeth that can have a major impact on your dentition. Dr. Moy or Dr. Kahenasa will discuss patient options to replace the edentulous space.


Before the extraction begins, the doctor will apply local anesthetics numbing the surgical site/-s.

During the extraction you will feel some pressure from the instruments and experience a rocking motion or circular movements. The surgeons at West Coast OMS will always remove a tooth atraumatically, preserving the socket for future restoration.


Cold compresses will help decrease the swelling, and the medication prescribed will help manage your swelling and discomfort. You will also be instructed on how to modify your diet following surgery. Dr. Kahenasa and Moy also provide their direct contact information for any post-operative questions or concerns and will assure you can contact them (or another doctor when they are out of town) 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

For additional instructions on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.