A tooth extraction may be necessary to maintain your oral health.

Whenever possible, Dr. Noelle McKenney and our dental team will make sure that you keep your natural teeth. However, there may be occasions that a tooth is so damaged by trauma or disease that it needs to be extracted and replaced.

Why would someone need an extraction? It is possible for a tooth to become infected through a crack or other injury, and too much of the tooth has been damaged for it to be kept. A cavity may have damaged to the tooth to the point that a filling cannot save it. In some cases, there may be too many teeth in a patient’s mouth, which is a condition known as tooth crowding. Some patients may need to have a tooth removed in preparation for an orthodontic procedure.

patient getting a tooth extractedIn a simple extraction, the dentist will gently rock the tooth back and forth using a tool called an elevator. When it is loose enough, the dentist will extract it. Following the extraction, a blood clot will form in the socket, and we will give you detailed instructions about how to keep the extraction site and blood clot safe, so your mouth can properly heal. Once the site has healed, the dentist will talk with you about your options for replacing the missing tooth.

If you have a painful tooth, you should contact our office in Prescott, Arizona. We will be happy to see you and determine if you need an extraction. To learn more and to plan your visit, give us a call at 928-778-7410 today.