General Tooth Extractions

It may be necessary to extract a tooth if it cannot be saved by other means and poses a threat to the health of surrounding teeth.

General Tooth Extractions

Extracting a Tooth

When you have a tooth that has been broken or damaged by decay, it can sometimes be fixed with a filling, root canal, or a crown. Occasionally, there is too much damage for one of these procedures, and you must have your tooth removed. Some of the common reasons for general extraction tooth removal include:

  • Tooth decay or damage enters the center of tooth containing nerves and blood vessels and becomes incurable through root canal therapy
  • Increased risk for infection because your immune system has been compromised, usually caused by chemotherapy or organ transplants
  • Baby teeth are not falling out in time for adult teeth to grow in
  • Extra teeth are preventing your normal teeth from growing properly
  • Preparation of the mouth for orthodontia
Tooth Loosening
  • An infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, also known as periodontal disease, may loosen adult teeth

Before scheduling your procedure, your doctor will perform a complete oral exam and take an X-ray of the area in which the tooth must be removed. Your doctor will form a plan for tooth removal taking into consideration your age, the presence of gum disease, and your tooth’s relationship with other areas of your mouth such as your sinuses, nerves, and other teeth.

Most tooth extractions can be completed during a single surgical visit. If you plan to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant, your doctor may also discuss options for replacing missing teeth, including bone grafting and the placement of dental implants, which can often be placed at the same time the tooth is removed.

Where can I get a tooth pulled in Utah County?

Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood of Utah Surgical Arts maintain three practice offices located in South Jordan, Provo, and Payson, UT, serving all of Utah County and Salt Lake County and are available to schedule your surgery at any of their locations.

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