Tooth Extraction

Eugene J. Kim, DDS -  - Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Eugene J. Kim, DDS

Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Scottsdale, AZ

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but at times it's essential to avoid additional health problems. For expert extractions, count on Eugene J. Kim, DDS, at Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Kim is here for you when you're in need of tooth extraction. Schedule a consultation by calling the office.

Tooth Extraction

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

Permanent teeth are built to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, some teeth might not. For instance, you could need a tooth extracted because it’s too severely damaged to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Advanced gum (periodontal) disease
  • Extra or crowded teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

How are tooth extractions performed?

There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that’s visible in your mouth. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. To perform a surgical extraction, Dr. Kim needs to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. Sometimes the tooth needs to be sectioned, or cut into smaller pieces, to be removed. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

You receive a local anesthetic before a simple extraction or surgical extraction so you won’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is common with wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Kim or a member of his team may administer a general anesthetic. You sleep through the whole procedure with a general anesthetic.

How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?

It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, but this depends on the amount of dental work you have.

Every patient is different, so it’s best to contact Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants to book a consultation so you can discover your options and any important follow-up treatments like dental implants or crowns.

Make an appointment by calling Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today.