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When you're living with emotional or physical pain because you need a tooth extracted, trust Dr. Timothy Hopkins and his experienced staff at Idaho Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to bring you relief.

You and Dr. Hopkins may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be pulled including infection, risk of infection, periodontal disease, poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Hopkins will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.


At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.


Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can't expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

Dr. Hopkins and his highly trained staff ensures your safety before, during and after your extraction using advanced training in anesthesia and hospital-based procedures.