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, and Dr. Wood 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
Ron Reviews His General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Hi, my name is Ron. I live in Orem and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get an extraction and a dental implant. The practice here is welcoming, very inviting. When I walked through the doors here, I felt like I was in the right place. The staff here are very friendly. I felt like they were concerned about my needs, and the doctor was very efficient and took great care of me and made me feel at ease. You could tell he’s an expert in his craft. After having this procedure, I can now chew on the right side of my mouth, and that is an amazing feeling after going so long without not being able to do that. I had a fantastic experience here and I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Colleen Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Well, I had gone to see my dentist and had some problems with my teeth, and they needed to be extracted. Dr. Park was wonderful to go through and explain everything, and that really helped me decide that those were the things that I needed to have done. It really helped to ease my nerves when I knew that Dr. Park was a medical doctor as well as a dentist. I think the extraction went well. I have my crowns in, and it has been wonderful to be able to eat again and to have it feel normal. I have recommended my family and friends to Dr. Park because he has been fabulous."
Lisa Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Hi, my name is Lisa Knapp; I'm from Provo. So, we came into Utah Surgical Arts with one of my children to have an implant. Some of my other children have had teeth removed to facilitate braces. One child had a chain put on their tooth to pull it down into place to get the braces started sooner. And, of course, wisdom teeth extractions. We had a wonderful experience here at Utah Surgical Arts. Through all the different procedures with the four different children, we've seen all of the doctors at one time or another and have been extremely impressed with their competence. We have friends in Provo, Springville, Orem areas, Pleasant Grove, that we would all highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts to if they ever need any wisdom teeth extractions or other oral surgery procedures done."
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."
Jessica Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"So, I had a tooth that was growing in, but it was a third tooth. Usually, you just have the baby and the permanent, but I had a third one that we didn’t expect to be there, but it was growing behind all my teeth, through the top of my mouth, and it hurt. So, we wanted to pull it out before it fully grew — it’d be weird. I was kind of nervous. I was afraid it might hurt my mouth since I was pulling something out from behind where my teeth are supposed to grow. Dr. Harris — he was actually really nice. When he pulled my tooth, we used laughing gas. It went pretty quick. I don’t really remember it very well. It was just so quick and easy, and I didn’t really feel any pain at all. If any of my friends in Provo, Orem, or Alpine needed to have a tooth extracted, I would definitely tell them to come to Dr. Harris because he’s great."
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