Relieve Pain, Treat Infection, and Protect Other Teeth
When severe dental decay, gum disease, facial injuries, or other conditions cause damage, sometimes removing the affected tooth or teeth is the only way to prevent further problems. While every effort is made to save your natural tooth, extraction may be the next step in managing severe infection or dental trauma.
Dr. Wood, Dr. Coles, Dr. Saghafi, and Dr. Holbrook regularly perform tooth extractions at our offices in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ. Our team is trained to remove damaged or infected teeth and eliminate any signs of infection around the tooth sockets to protect your oral health. If you need a tooth extracted or are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
A tooth may require extraction because of several reasons, such as:
- Severe decay or tooth infections. When tooth decay is severe, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth. If restorative procedures can’t restore the tooth, extraction will be necessary.
- Broken or damaged teeth. Most of the time a broken tooth can be repaired by your dentist or an oral surgeon if it is treated soon enough. In some cases, the damage is irreparable and the broken tooth will need to be removed.
- Dental crowding or impaction. In rare cases, extra teeth can be present in the dental arch, which can lead to crowding and poor positioning. Sometimes baby teeth (especially the canines) do not fall out in time for new teeth to come in, causing them to be impacted. Removing the baby teeth allows the adult teeth to erupt in a healthy manner.
- Gum disease (periodontal disease). Advanced gum disease can cause damage to the bone and teeth that become loose and mobile. Extractions are sometimes the only option to prevent the infection from affecting nearby bone tissue and teeth.
What to Expect During Tooth Extraction
When you visit our office, we may take 3D scans of your teeth to assess the bones and soft tissues in your mouth. Having a tooth extracted is usually done with local anesthesia, which prevents any pain during the procedure. You will feel the pinch of a needle as the anesthetic is injected, but will remain comfortable during the extraction.
If you need to have many extractions or a more complicated extraction, you may have the option to undergo IV anesthesia, which allows patients to enter a sleep-like state and wake up once the procedure is over. This is sometimes necessary for longer procedures or wisdom teeth removal. Your surgeon will discuss your anesthesia options with you and help you make a decision when you come in for your pre-surgery consultation. Our staff will work with you to make sure you are comfortable before proceeding with any treatment plan.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer a variety of anesthesia choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.
Tooth Replacement Options Following Extraction
Sometimes your surgeon or dentist can save a natural tooth through other means, such as root canals, apicoectomy, or other restorative procedures. If an extraction is necessary, however, our surgeons will discuss your tooth replacement options.
- Dental Implant. A dental implant looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. It is custom-made to blend in with your smile and if there is enough healthy jaw bone, your surgeon can place the implant immediately following extraction. The dental implant will prevent jaw bone loss, preserve dental alignment, and can last for a lifetime with proper care.
- Traditional Bridge or Partial Denture. Bridges or dentures are made of metal framework and rely on your existing teeth for support. They restore the appearance of a missing tooth, but do not restore full function. Bridges and dentures do not fuse to the jaw bone, leaving you susceptible to jaw bone atrophy associated with tooth loss. These options must be replaced every few years due to wear and tear, and if they are removable, you must take them out during meals and brushing.
- Socket Preservation. Socket preservation is a type of bone grafting treatment where your oral surgeon inserts grafting material into the empty tooth socket. This preserves the size and shape of the socket and makes future implant placement easier. Socket preservation is great if you plan on receiving a dental implant in the future, but not immediately following extraction.
- No Replacement. You do not have to replace a missing tooth. However, having an incomplete smile may make you feel self-conscious about your teeth. Without a replacement tooth present, nearby teeth can shift into the open gap, resulting in misalignment of your other teeth. Without a root or implant post present to stimulate the jaw bone, you are susceptible to jaw bone deterioration.
Tooth Extraction in Tucson, AZ, and Oro Valley, AZ
If you need a dental extraction, our oral surgeons, Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, Dr. Negin Saghafi, and Dr. Holbrook can help. Oral surgeons undergo years of training in surgical techniques, dental diseases, and anesthesia administration before caring for patients, and our surgeons have years of experience extracting teeth. If you need a tooth extracted or are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Tucson or Oro Valley, AZ.
Hear From Tooth Extraction Patients
These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing tooth extraction at our office.
Reviews From Our Tooth Extraction Patients
Heather Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure
"I actually had a root canal that was several years old, and it had a crack in the root, so I got a major infection in my mouth, and I was going to need an extraction done because the root couldn't be saved anymore. I don't like the dentist — I have to admit. They were great. They got me in right away, which was very helpful because I was in an excruciating amount of pain. Dr. Coles — he first extracted my tooth, and then I had to have extra bone put in for the implant to be able to fit, so I did have to have a sinus lift done. And I was asleep for the whole thing, which was perfect — just the way I like to go. Dr. Coles is great. He is very friendly — he made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend coming here. I think that they're helpful. They'll help you with the expenses; they're open to working with the payment plan for you. They just made the whole process very easy."
Jordyn Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure
"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons because my mom wanted me to have better teeth than they were. My teeth were really crooked, and my baby teeth wouldn't fall out, so he pulled them out for me. I was scared that it was going to hurt. He talked me through; he gave me a little ball to squish on, but I also fell asleep. Dr. Wood is a really good doctor. He helped me get through my fears of when he pulled my teeth. I would say go to Dr. Wood because Dr. Wood would pull out your teeth, and it wouldn't hurt because you'd be asleep."
Lizzy Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure
"I came to AZOMS to get an extraction. I had two teeth in one spot. Dr. Saghafi is nice. She’s a good doctor, and I really liked her a lot. Everybody here is really friendly. They allowed me to bring in my monkey and made me feel happy and comfortable. I had fun while I was here. If any of my friends needed an extraction, I would tell them to come here."
Janet Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure
"We refer patients from our office, which is an orthodontic office, to see Dr. Wood and Dr. Coles. The staff is great here. They really helped me during my own procedure. I needed a tooth extracted, and I trust only Dr. Wood. He made me feel very comfortable. He made me feel that if I had to make him stop at any time, he would. He was just right there from the beginning to the end. I definitely had a great experience. If I needed another tooth extracted, I would come to the same office. I would highly recommend AZOMS to anyone."
Linda Reviews Her Tooth Extraction Procedure
"I came to AZOMS to have a tooth extraction and a dental implant. I was very nervous. I really wasn’t sure what I was in for until Dr. Coles explained everything from the beginning to the end of what was going to be happening. Dr. Coles has such a wonderful bedside/chairside manner that I felt that I was in very good hands. My dental implant feels so natural that, yes, I cannot even feel which side it is on. I would recommend my friends to see Dr. Coles because of the excellent care that I received."
Exceptional Outcomes From a Team You Can Trust
We’ve been caring for patients in southern Arizona for over 50 years. As board-certified experts, our surgeons bring years of training and expertise to you and your loved ones with the highest standards. Learn more about our office or contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today to see how we can improve your oral health.