General Tooth Extractions
We Extract Teeth Quickly and Comfortably
Dental professionals make every effort to save your natural teeth. However, severely broken or infected teeth may need to be extracted. By removing the unhealthy tooth, we protect the health of your other teeth by preventing any infection or damage from spreading. An extraction is also performed to protect other oral structures, such as the gums and jaw bone.
Dr. Harris, Dr. Park, Dr. Brown, Dr. Wood, and Dr. Holladay perform extractions in the comfort of our offices, located in Provo, Payson, South Jordan, and Lehi, Utah. To schedule an appointment with one of our expert oral surgeons, contact Utah Surgical Arts today.
Why Extract 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 the tooth must be removed. Some of the common reasons for tooth removal include:
- Infection. The center of the tooth contains blood vessels and nerves. When tooth decay or damage that enters the center of the tooth, it can become incurable through root canal therapy. Patients with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to infection.
- Overcrowding. Baby teeth that do not fall out in time and extra teeth in the mouth should be removed so that other teeth can grow properly.
- Tooth Loosening. An infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, also known as periodontal disease, may loosen adult teeth and require extraction.
The Tooth Extraction Process at Utah Surgical Arts
Before scheduling your procedure, your surgeon will perform a complete oral exam and take CBCT scans of the mouth. If the gums have been affected by a troubled tooth, bone grafting may be considered to rebuild areas where the jaw bone has weakened, or to prepare for dental implants.
Many tooth extractions can be completed during a single surgical visit, sometimes on the same day as the consultation. As oral surgeons, we offer all forms of anesthesia and sedation. Most extractions are performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the surgical area only. We will discuss your options with you prior to performing any type of oral surgery.
Tooth Replacement Options After Extraction
Once a tooth is extracted, we’ll help you choose the right type of replacement.
You have several options to consider after having a tooth extracted. Part of our treatment involves patient education, so that you can make an informed choice that is right for you and your oral health.
- Dental Implants. A dental implant can replace one or many teeth, and is the only replacement option that prevents the jaw bone from deteriorating. The implant post fuses to the jaw bone, providing stimulation and keeping the jaw bone strong.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. A dental implant can be placed and used to support a bridge where several teeth are missing beside each other. The bridge is fixed and will only be removed by your dentist.
- Removable Dentures/Bridges. These options cosmetically restore your smile, but do not serve as fully functional teeth. You must take out your dentures during meals and cleaning, and because they remain on the surface, they do not prevent jaw bone loss.
- Socket Preservation. Socket preservation is a type of bone grafting that involves placing graft material into the empty tooth socket. This preserves the socket’s size and shape, allowing for easier future implant placement.
- No Replacement. By not replacing a missing tooth, nearby teeth can shift into the open space. Without stimulation from a tooth root or implant post, the jaw bone will deteriorate over time.
We want all of our patients to have healthy smiles to wear with pride. To learn more about your options for tooth replacement, or if you are in need of a tooth extraction, contact our Provo, Payson, South Jordan, or Lehi, Utah, office today.
Utah Surgical Arts is approved by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation is difficult to obtain and allows our office to function as a hospital and/or surgical center. Since extensive surgeries must be performed in a surgical center, there are many instances where the patient may be unable to undergo surgery due to the high cost of the hospital or surgical center. If your surgery can be performed at Utah Surgical Arts, the cost savings may be significant. Many patients who were unable to have the procedure due to the high cost involved were able to have the procedure performed at Utah Surgical Arts. Learn More.
Types of Anesthesia
Our surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts offer many anesthesia and sedation options for patients to choose from.
Hear From General Tooth Extraction Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing general tooth extraction at our office.
Reviews From Our General Tooth Extraction Patients
Jodi Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Hi, my name is Jodi, and I’m from Lehi, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts for an extraction, a bone graft, and an implant. When I first walked through the doors at Utah Surgical Arts—first of all, the building is absolutely stunning. It is beautiful, and the people at the front desk were kind and courteous. The doctor here knew exactly what I needed. He spent plenty of time explaining the procedure. He answered all of my questions. The procedure was as I expected. The recovery has been smooth. The office has checked on me several times. They even sent flowers. Overall, I had a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts to anyone I know."
JaNeil Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Hi, my name is JaNeil and I’m from Lehi. I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get some extractions and bone grafts and implants. When I first walked in here, I was greeted with a smile and the staff made me feel very comfortable. The doctor here was really good. He put my mind at ease right off the bat, and he explained things very well so that I could understand. He was very professional, and he treated me very well. The procedure turned out great, and the recovery was just like they told me it would be. I love my smile now and it’s all thanks to Utah Surgical Arts. They changed my life and they can change yours too."
Kameron Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"My name is Kameron. I live in South Jordan, Utah, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get an extraction, a bone graft, and an implant. When I first walked into the practice, everyone was super nice to me. The doctor was beyond friendly. He was very patient with me. He took great care of me, and most importantly, I felt really comfortable around him, which is exactly what I needed. I received texts and videos. I had a lot more confidence. Things went a lot better because I knew what to expect. My procedure went really well. Recovery was awesome. Having a healthy smile will mean so much to me. It gives me a lot more confidence. I would most certainly recommend Utah Surgical Arts. My experience here was perfect and everyone was so nice and so incredible. It was simply the best."
Wade Reviews His General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Hi, I’m Wade and I’m from Lehi. I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get extractions, bone grafts, and implants. The atmosphere here is very warm. It’s inviting and very professional. The doctor made me feel at ease. I really felt like I was in good hands here. [The] staff here are enjoyable to be around. They love their work. [They] took care of everything I needed. All of the procedures that I have, have all been successful and my recovery’s been great. The doctors followed up, checked on me, made sure everything was going well. I really appreciated them reaching out. I’d come back in a heartbeat. Out of five stars, I would give Utah Surgical Arts six."
Callie Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Hi, my name is Callie, and I am from American Fork, Utah. My 7-year-old daughter needed to have a tooth extracted, and I brought her in to see Dr. Harris and Dr. Park. Dr. Harris actually did the procedure, and she was extremely scared and very nervous. I was very pleased with how kind he was and patient with her. After it was done, as we were driving home, she said, "Mom, I don’t know why I was so nervous; that was super easy." So to anyone in the Alpine, Highland, American Fork, Orem, Provo, Lindon area, this is the place to come if your children need anything from teeth extracted to having facial trauma. My experience with my daughter was awesome, and my neighbor also had her daughter fall off the monkey bars — last week actually — and brought her in, and they had a wonderful experience with Dr. Harris and Dr. Park, as well."
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