Tooth Removal

Tooth removal, also known as tooth extraction, is a dental procedure in which a tooth is deliberately and professionally removed from its socket in the jawbone and gum tissue.

Tooth Removal

Our dentists at Seaman Family Dentistry typically perform this procedure in cases of severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, orthodontic needs, infection, or trauma. Tooth removal is typically considered only when preserving the tooth is not a feasible option or when a damaged or infected tooth poses a risk to oral health.

When Is Tooth Removal Necessary? 

  • Extraction may be required when a tooth is severely decayed and cannot be restored with a filling or crown. 
  • Periodontal disease can lead to tooth mobility and loss. In some cases, extraction is the best course of action. 
  • Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often lack the space to erupt properly and may need to be extracted. 
  • In severe cases of overcrowding, tooth extraction may be necessary to create space for orthodontic treatment. 
  • An infected tooth that cannot be treated with antibiotics or a root canal may need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading. 
  • Teeth that are severely fractured or damaged due to injury may require extraction. 

Types of Tooth Extractions 

Simple Extraction 

Simple tooth extractions are the most common type of tooth removal procedure. They are performed when a tooth is visible in the mouth and can be easily accessed by the dentist. These extractions are typically done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth to prevent pain during the procedure. 

Surgical Extraction

Surgical extractions are more complex and are typically required for impacted wisdom teeth or teeth with complex root structures. The dentist in Flagstaff, AZ, or oral surgeon may need to make an incision in the gum or remove bone to access the tooth. Local anesthesia or sedation is often used. 

The Benefits of Tooth Removal 

Relief from Pain and Discomfort 

One of the primary benefits of tooth removal is the relief from pain and discomfort it provides. Teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or damaged can cause persistent and often excruciating pain. Removing the affected tooth eliminates the source of pain, leading to immediate relief and improved quality of life. 

Preventing Dental Crowding 

In cases of overcrowding or limited space in the mouth, tooth removal can prevent dental crowding and misalignment. Removing a tooth creates space for the remaining teeth to align correctly, preventing future orthodontic problems. 

Preserving Oral Health 

Tooth removal is often necessary to preserve overall oral health. Leaving a severely decayed or infected tooth in place can lead to complications such as gum disease, bone loss, and the potential loss of nearby teeth. Removing the problematic tooth helps maintain the integrity of the surrounding structures. 

Tooth removal can have a positive impact on overall well-being. If you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, visit Seaman Family Dentistry at 901 N Beaver St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, or call (928) 774-8512 to learn more about the benefits of tooth removal.


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