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.
Almost every dentist agrees that real teeth should always be saved as long as they are not too damaged or pose a threat to your other teeth. In cases where they are too damaged to save or could risk the health of your smile, a tooth extraction may be needed. Dr. Gleave has more than 25 years of experience providing safe tooth removals, so he is highly qualified to help you should you need a tooth extracted.
Why Would You Need a Tooth Removed?
Gum Disease – Gum disease is the number one reason adults in the U.S. lose their permanent teeth. Over half of the population has some form of gum disease at any given point in time.
Severe Crack or Break – Many times a crack or break in your tooth can be treated with a dental veneer or dental crown, but there may be a time where the damage is too severe for a restoration. In those cases, it is best to remove the tooth and look to a tooth replacement option, such as a dental implants.
Severe Tooth Decay – Tooth decay eats away at your tooth and may leave you with too little structure to save. It can also damage the inside parts of your tooth and may need to be removed to save you from complications down the line. Furthermore, a tooth extraction can save your other teeth from the potential spread of severe decay.
Tooth Extraction Process
Your tooth extraction starts with the application of a numbing agent. From there, Dr. Gleave will gently move the gum tissue away from the tooth and free the tooth from the socket. Once the tooth is out, he will pack the area with gauze to control any bleeding. You will not feel any pain during the procedure thanks to the anesthesia. Dental sedation is also available to ensure you remain completely relaxed during the extraction.
If you have a situation that might necessitate the removal of one or more teeth, call our Salt Lake City dental office today at 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment. You can also use our online form to schedule your appointment.