Remove Damaged Teeth & Enjoy Eating Again.(801) 747-8531
If a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD provides swift and gentle care to help you maintain optimal oral health. Our caring staff will also keep you comfortable during treatment at our Salt Lake City, UT dentist office.Read Transcript
Tooth extraction is something I do quite a bit of, unfortunately. For many patients it becomes a blessing. They either had a bad tooth, or they've had a tooth they've tried to fix with dental procedures, whether it's a root canal or a crown, and it's failing. We need to remove those teeth. Very often I'll take teeth out, and the patients aren't even aware the tooth is gone. It's occasional that one's really difficult, but I've never had to refer a patient out to an oral surgeon for an extraction in a long time.
Tooth extraction is something that can be really a blessing for a lot of patients because they're suffering and in pain, and often patients will come and they've kind of had it with their teeth and they want them out. Again, one of the blessings we have in our office, that we can offer our patients right away, whether it's just an individual tooth and they want to rebuild that section with an implant, or they want to get rid of all their teeth and rebuild their mouth with some implants that a denture can snap into, is that we can offer that extraction, but also the graft that's necessary at the same time. That's really a key component.
Not everyone wants to have a graft, and isn't thinking of dental implants. If, in today's world, more patients really understand what dental implants are and they want to rebuild their mouth. They lost their teeth, but they don't want to have a denture, and so when we remove teeth is the very best time to add bone and do the graft. It also saves them a surgical visit.
A tooth extraction can:
- Benefit your daily life by ridding you of chronic toothaches
- Prepare your smile to receive beneficial restorative dentistry, particularly dental implants
- Allow you to properly and comfortably chew your food once your tooth has been replaced
- Prevent wisdom teeth from causing damage to your existing teeth
We know you’re likely dealing with dental pain and may be nervous about visiting us. You needn’t be! We offer three forms of safe dental sedation to help you relax. We also have TVs in every operatory so you can “zone out” during your procedure.
An extraction is one of the most common oral surgery procedures. You’re in great hands with Dr. Gleave, a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) who has performed countless extractions in his dental career. Call (801) 747-8531 today to schedule stress-free treatment.
What to Expect After Tooth Removal
We’ll give you detailed instructions on how to care for yourself and encourage healing after your procedure. We may also provide you with medication to ease any discomfort. In general, you’ll want to take it easy for a few days. It’s a good idea to rest with your head raised and eat soft foods at first. Don’t use a straw!
You can also:
- Apply a cold pack to your face to relieve pain and minimize swelling
- Bite down on clean gauze until bleeding stops, to encourage clotting
- Skip brushing for a day, then be careful when cleaning teeth near the extraction site
Improve Oral Health by Removing a Tooth
We may need to remove a tooth due to:
- Damage from decay. A decaying tooth that can’t be helped with a filling or dental crown should be removed to prevent further dental issues and relieve your pain.
- Damage from gum disease. Gum disease is the number one reason adults in the U.S. lose permanent teeth. After treating the underlying issue, we can remove damaged teeth and provide reliable replacements.
- Broken or injured teeth. If a tooth that has suffered trauma can’t be returned to its full function, it’s best to remove it so you can receive a replacement.
- Impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth can’t successfully emerge through your gums, a common problem with wisdom teeth. Removing them will benefit your smile. Left alone, they can cause alignment issues and severe discomfort.
Call (801) 747-8531 to see if you need a tooth extraction or removal.