Tooth Extractions

Natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and dentists strive to treat dental problems to the fullest extent possible. However, sometimes 
teeth may be too decayed or damaged to treat with restorative or cosmetic dentistry. In these cases, tooth extraction may be necessary to protect a patient's health. 

Michael J Nelson, DDS cares about the health of your smile. We only recommend tooth extractions as a last resort and after we have exhausted all treatment options. Our kind and gentle dental team can remove a problematic tooth and replace it with custom-made restorations designed to enhance aesthetics and function. 

Reasons for Tooth Extractions 

There are many reasons why a patient may need a tooth extraction. The following circumstances may require a dentist to remove affected teeth. 

Traumatic Damage

You can injure your teeth in a traumatic accident, such as a fall, blow to the face, or car collision. Two types of damage may arise from this type of injury, requiring an extraction: 

  • Luxation  Loosening of a tooth
  • Fracture  Breaking of a tooth


Overcrowding occurs when there's not enough space in the mouth because of the size, shape, or positioning of your teeth. Overcrowding can cause teeth to overlap or become crooked.

These issues can be corrected with orthodontia, but there must be enough room in the mouth for the teeth to move. If there's little to no space to align your bite, your dentist may extract one or two teeth to allow others to shift into proper alignment. 

Tooth Impaction

Impaction occurs when a tooth cannot emerge from the gums into the correct position. Either something blocks the tooth and prevents it from emerging, or the gums fail to erupt fully. It's common for wisdom teeth (third molars) to become impacted. 

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease affects the gums and structure surroundings the teeth, such as bony tooth sockets (alveoli). Untreated plaque buildup can cause a periodontal infection that loosens a tooth, which we then need to extract. 

Severe Tooth Decay

Severe tooth decay affects the tooth's pulp center and makes it vulnerable to infection. If root canal therapy doesn't treat the disease, the dentist may perform an extraction to protect surrounding teeth. 

Types of Extractions 

There are two different types of procedures used to remove a tooth: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. 

  • Simple extraction  If the tooth is visible, the dentist performs a simple extraction using local anesthesia, so the patient doesn't feel any pain. 
  • Surgical extraction  A tooth resting below the gumline is surgically extracted while a patient is under general anesthesia. 

Dr. Michael Nelson will develop a detailed treatment plan that meets the patient's unique needs. 

Gentle, Pain-Free Extractions in St. Louis Park 

Michael J Nelson, DDS, performs gentle tooth extractions in St. Louis Park. Our state-of-the-art dental office is fully equipped with the latest technologies and comforts so you can have a pleasant and pain-free experience. 

If you have a dental concern, please don't wait to come in and see Dr. Nelson for an appointment. Our entire team is compassionate and experienced, and we can calmly guide you through the extraction process.

Please feel free to contact our dental office or use our convenient online form to arrange your appointment.