Oral Surgery

At Green Leaf Dentistry, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth. In some cases however, extraction or tooth removal may be indicated. Dr. Howell’s tenures at Massachusetts’ General Hospital treating medically compromised patients and more recently at Malo Smile USA as Clinical Director have provided her with significant oral surgery experience, so you can have peace of mind that you will be treated with the utmost care and attention to making your experience as painless and comfortable as possible.


Under what circumstances would I need my tooth removed?

  • If your tooth is grossly fractured or decayed and cannot be saved through root canal therapy or other treatment
  • If your tooth has suffered severe bone loss and is mobile
  • If your tooth is malpositioned and is affecting the eruption or position of adjacent teeth

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?

Not necessarily! If your wisdom teeth have erupted normally, are cavity free and are hygienic, they can be maintained. If however, they have only partially erupted, are difficult to clean or have dental decay, Dr. Howell will recommend their removal in order to prevent potential damage to the adjacent teeth.

What does an extraction involve?

If your tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Howell will provide profound anesthesia so that you will remain pain-free throughout the procedure. She will then gently loosen your tooth from the socket and remove it. In more complex cases, stitches may be required to close the gum tissue.