Ideally, proper home care and regular dental check-ups will allow you to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Unfortunately, things can sometimes go wrong and extraction may become necessary to protect the health of your other teeth and your general health.

If you’re in need of a tooth extraction, you want the procedure to be as efficient, easy, and comfortable as possible. Trusting your extractions to a skilled and experienced oral surgeon, like Dr. McLelland, is the best way to meet those goals.

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Extractions can become necessary for a number of reasons. Among them:

  • Decay that can no longer be treated with a filling
  • Trauma that has damaged the tooth beyond repair
  • Failed root canal therapy
  • Severe crowding that compromises the health of your other teeth
  • Severe misalignment that affects your bite
  • Impacted teeth affecting your dental health and your quality of life
  • Cancer and radiation therapy

We’ll discuss the reasons why we recommend extraction and what your other options may be. You are in charge of your dental care, and you have the right to make informed decisions about your oral health.


We perform different types of extractions at our Spokane and Post Falls oral surgery centers – generally speaking these are simple and complex.

A simple extraction is performed when the tooth is still intact above the gumline. The procedure is quick and your recovery time will only be couple days. Once you are numb, Dr. McLelland will gently rock your tooth back and forth to loosen the ligaments and then use an instrument called an elevator to lift the tooth so it can be removed.

Complex extractions are necessary when we are dealing with a tooth that is impacted (completely or partially covered by gum tissue or bone), has shattered, or is broken beneath the gum. To perform this type of extraction, Dr. McLelland may need to make an incision in your gum to get to the tooth. Following the extraction, your gum will be sutured. You can expect recovery from a complex extraction to take a bit longer than a simple extraction.


Your comfort is extremely important to us, and we take it seriously. Dr. McLelland will discuss your procedure with you ahead of time, your pain control options, and what to expect both before and after your appointment.

Dr. McLelland will also discuss your sedation options for your procedure. We will use anesthetic during your procedure to make sure you are comfortable, and if you are feeling anxious or worried about the procedure, we can look at other sedation choices, as well. Please let us know your concerns so that we can address them.

You can trust Dr. Bryan McLelland to perform you extraction with skill and expertise.

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