Preserving healthy smiles is always the first goal at Arizona Family Dentistry, but there may be instances when tooth extraction will be recommended for health or cosmetic reasons.
A few examples include extensive decay when restorative dentistry is not viable. In other cases, teeth may not be aligned due to overcrowding and inhibit the effectiveness of aligner therapy such as Invisalign®.
Every patient will have a different reason for needing a tooth extraction, but our goal is to help you maintain your natural teeth so we will always discuss all treatment options with you in advance of any procedure being performed.
There are two types of tooth extraction that dentists perform – a simple tooth extraction and a surgical tooth extraction.
A simple extraction can be performed by our dentist in Phoenix, AZ, but surgical tooth removal may require consultation with an oral surgeon, which we can help facilitate.
If you’re wondering which type of extraction you may need to remedy your condition, please make an appointment for a consultation and treatment plan with our dental care team.
First, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the treatment area. If multiple teeth are to be removed during the same appointment, our dentist may recommend additional sedation as a treatment option.
Once the area is numb, the extraction is a relatively quick procedure. Our dentist will use a dental instrument (known as an elevator) to gently rock the tooth to loosen it and then use forceps to remove it. Afterward, most patients comment that they’re surprised at how quick and pain-free the procedure was.
Post-procedure instructions will be different for every patient, but many patients can resume their normal activities within a few hours of the extraction procedure. In most cases, you’ll be asked to return for a follow-up appointment, but you will always be given a detailed list of post-op instructions when you leave our office.