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Tooth Extraction Rogers, AR

Tooth ExtractionAn Overview

Tooth extractions are used to remove damaged, decayed, or impacted teeth in order to restore or maintain good oral health. It is a general dentistry service provided by our dental office. Tooth extraction may be required in cases of advanced tooth decay or damage that has compromised the structure of the tooth, crowding of teeth, or as part of a restorative treatment plan.

Dr. Heather Adams provides tooth extraction procedures for advanced decay, damaged teeth, and wisdom tooth removal when necessary. If other, more conservative procedures are ruled out, tooth extraction may be recommended to help restore the health and function of the bite. Dr. Adams also provides options for replacing missing teeth such as dental implants and implant-supported dentures.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Many patients will need their wisdom teeth removed during their teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth are the last molar to emerge and commonly cause overcrowding or become impacted in the bone. Diagnostic x-rays will help Dr. Adams determine if the removal of the wisdom teeth will be necessary.

In the case of fully erupted wisdom teeth, the procedure can often be completed from the comfort of our Rogers, AR dentist office. Dr. Adams will discuss all aspects of the procedure ahead of time and make any necessary arrangements for dental sedation. If the wisdom teeth are impacted or it is considered a complex case, we will work with you to coordinate the procedure with a local oral surgeon.

Tooth Extraction What to Expect

The tooth extraction procedure typically causes minimal discomfort. Patients who experience dental anxiety may be made comfortable with dental sedation, otherwise, Dr. Adams will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated.

Once numb, the tooth will be detached from the gums and gently removed from the root structure. The empty socket will be cleaned and sutured shut.  Our dental care team will provide patients with personalized instructions on post-op care to help with a comfortable and quick recovery.

Replacing Extracted Teeth

Depending on the location and number of teeth extracted, patients may choose to have their teeth replaced with dental implants. Dr. Adams offers in-house dental implant services for precise and convenient care.

Dental implants are the most natural option for replacing missing teeth.  Designed to mimic the natural human tooth, the implant acts as a prosthetic root structure. A dental restoration is then secured to the implant for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Why do wisdom teeth have to be removed?

Wisdom teeth do not need to be removed if they are completely erupted, healthy, in the correct position, and can be properly cleaned. Since they are way back in the mouth, they are extremely difficult to keep clean and most people will eventually get a cavity back there. If they never erupt, only partially erupt, or cause crowding then they must be removed before causing further issues.

What is the best way to replace my damaged tooth?

The number one recommended way to replace a missing or extracted tooth is with a dental implant supported crown. Dr. Adams can perform every step of the dental implant process from the comforts of her dentist office.

Why does my tooth need extracted?

Dr. Adams will only resort to extraction if all other treatments are exhausted including dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and root canals. If the tooth has succumbed to too much damaged, then it must be extracted.

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket is a painful condition that may occur after the tooth is extracted. A blood clot will form shortly after the procedure and if the clot comes loose or dissolves, a dry socket will form exposing the underlying bone and nerve. This is why it is important to avoid smoking, sucking through a straw, sucking on anything, physical activity, and vigorous rinsing for about 24 – 48 hours after the procedure.