Dr. John Woell | Dr. Elizabeth Woell Rhode | Dr. Matthew Stark |  Dr. Amanda Steffes

1717 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423


Removal or extraction of a tooth is recommended when it is no longer viable to save the tooth. This may be due to:

  • too much damage from decay or trauma
  • fractures or cracks
  • recurring disease/infection
  • severe periodontal disease (extensive bone loss)


In some cases, tooth removal may be recommended prior to other dental or medical treatment, such as:

  • braces (Orthodontia)
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy
  • transplants


Before tooth removal, we ensure precise local anesthesia for complete numbness. For those seeking anxiety relief, we offer Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas). In certain cases, a tooth with intricate anatomy may necessitate removal in segments. If the tooth proves stubborn, careful incisions may be made in the gum and bone tissue to ensure optimal access.

Following tooth extraction, we typically recommend a combination of Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Acetaminophen (Extra Strength Tylenol) for effective pain management. Our approach emphasizes responsible healthcare provision, and hence, potent pain medications like Tylenol #3, Vicodin, or Oxycodone are reserved for cases where their use is thoroughly justified and prescribed at the discretion of the dentist.