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
Leann Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"Initially, I came because my other dentist — my regular dentist — told me that I needed some implants, and so he recommended Dr. Park. Dr. Park had to extract my tooth, and then, he tested me for bone grafts. It's a long process, but I never had any problems. I am all good and done. I've had four since I've started. They feel good. I've finally got teeth, so they feel really good, so I'm glad that I've had them done. Dr. Park is great — very accommodating, very welcoming, great sense of humor. Dr. Brown is very professional as well. He worked on me when Dr. Park could not. I would recommend Dr. Park or Dr. Brown for any of my family."
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."
Stephanie Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"My name is Stephanie. I live in Saratoga Springs. I had a tooth extracted with bone grafting, as well as a dental implant placed afterward. Utah Surgical Arts is a great place. They are friendly and kind, and they make sure to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe. Dr. Park is friendly, very easy to talk to, very easy to explain my situation and to make me feel comfortable. Both of the surgeries I had went great. I didn’t have any complications. I haven’t had to really worry about it since the surgery. For my friends and family in Saratoga Springs and Lehi, I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
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."
Lynn Reviews Her General Tooth Extraction Procedure
"I had a bad tooth. It was really old. They pulled the tooth, and they gave me the implant here at the Surgical Arts center. It feels like a natural tooth. The people here in this office — the doctors and the nurses — were like family. They were just very warm, friendly. They put my mind at ease, told me what they were doing, which was very important. Dr. Harris — I feel like I've known him forever. As a matter of fact, when I left the office, I said, "I'm going to miss you guys.""
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