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Extractions Specialist located in Tempe, AZ

If you have a damaged tooth that can’t be repaired or a wisdom tooth that’s causing issues, you may need a tooth extraction. Brannon Reed, DDS, and his expert dental team provide effective and safe tooth extractions at 1st American Dental in Tempe, Arizona. Call the office or book an appointment online today if you have a bothersome tooth.

Extractions Q & A

What are extractions?

If you have a tooth that’s causing a threat to your oral health, you need a highly-skilled dentist to remove it, a procedure known as an extraction.

At 1st American Dental, they offer safe, effective extraction procedures that can relieve your pain and begin to restore your oral health. 

When are extractions necessary?

You might need an extraction for various reasons. For instance, if you have extensive decay or damage that a root canal can’t repair, or if you need more room in your mouth for orthodontic work or dentures, then extractions might be the answer.

Your wisdom teeth, which are known as your third set of molars, might also need extractions. These teeth emerge in your late teens or early 20s. 

If they come in at an awkward angle, they can cause crowding and infection. Or, if they stay fully or partially under your gumline, meaning they’re impacted, they can cause severe oral health issues.

In these cases, 1st American Dental recommends extractions.

What is it like to get extractions?

Depending on your procedure, you can be sedated, or your dentist may simply use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. 

For a tooth that has emerged through your gums, your dentist loosens it with a special dental tool called an elevator and then removes it with forceps. Your empty socket gets packed with gauze to clot the area.

For impacted teeth, an incision is made in your gums to reveal the tooth beneath. Depending on the size of the tooth, your provider may cut it into sections to make the removal easier.

What happens after extractions?

For safety reasons, have someone drive you home from your procedure — especially if you were sedated. 

1st American Dental sends you home with specific aftercare instructions based on the required extraction type.

The main instructions after an extraction include:

  • Avoid rinsing your mouth out
  • Don’t spit
  • Don’t use a straw for at least 24 hours after your procedure
  • Protect your incision site with gauze
  • Don’t brush and floss until instructed

If you have a tooth that bothers you, reach out to 1st American Dental to determine if an extraction might be right for you. Call the friendly office staff, or book an appointment online today. 

1st American Dental
✆ Phone (appointments): 480-687-2266
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 480-687-2266
Address: 55 E Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282