As a dental office, it’s our goal to help patients preserve all of their natural teeth for their lifetime. However, sometimes injuries, disease, or issues with the way a tooth is growing into your mouth can lead to the need for a tooth extraction. In particular, many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in their life. At Cannon Dental, Dr. David Cannon and our team of dental professionals provide a gentle, comfortable tooth extraction experience for patients in the Salt Lake City, UT area should the need arise.
Why a tooth extraction might be necessary
Tooth extractions might be recommended by Dr. Cannon for the following reasons, among others:
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Breaks or fractures that cannot be repaired
- Impacted teeth (teeth that cannot erupt out of the gums due to the way they are growing in)
- To prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment
If you are in immense pain or a tooth infection is threatening the health of the surrounding tissues, an emergency tooth extraction might be warranted.
What to expect
We use modern dental anesthetics to keep you comfortable and pain-free throughout the extraction process. After we numb the tooth, gums, and bone in the area that the tooth will be removed, we use specialized dental tools to firmly but gently rock the tooth back and forth, which helps us to remove it from the tooth socket. You will feel pressure during this process, but the anesthetic will prevent you from feeling pain.
After the procedure is complete, we will give you all of the tooth extraction care instructions you need post-treatment. While some pain and swelling are normal for the first few days, using ice packs can help reduce swelling and we will give you options for pain medication to make you more comfortable until the pain subsides. We will give you a list of signs that you might need to come back in due to complications, such as pain that is not manageable or uncontrolled bleeding. In addition, Dr. Cannon will discuss your options for replacing the extracted tooth if it was not a wisdom tooth that was removed, because missing teeth can have a negative impact on a variety of oral health functions and your self-confidence.
At Cannon Dental, we are here to make the tooth extraction experience as comfortable and worry-free as possible. To schedule your appointment, feel free to use our online scheduling feature or give us a call at (801) 406-9985.