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Tooth Extractions

Comfortable Tooth Removal

At Vero Dental, we make every effort to preserve and protect your natural teeth. Sometimes, a tooth is too damaged, infected, or decayed to be saved. In these instances, Dr. Alex Harris can quickly and comfortably extract the tooth and discuss your options for replacing it. If you have a broken tooth, or one you suspect may need to be extracted, contact Vero Dental in Lehi, UT, to schedule an appointment.

Why Have a Tooth Extracted?

Many adults need a tooth extracted at some point during their lives. General tooth extractions are a common dental procedure that Alex Harris, DDS and his team perform at our office in Lehi. We will make every effort to save the natural tooth, but some cases require that the tooth be removed as soon as possible. Common reasons for extracting a tooth include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Dental overcrowding
  • Infection
  • Facial trauma
  • Impaction

There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is performed by a dentist when the tooth is visible above the gum line. Surgical extractions are performed in the event of an impacted tooth or one that is trapped beneath the gums.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Alex Harris, DDS offers a variety of anesthesia and sedation when having a tooth pulled. During the consultation, we will take X-rays or 3D scans of your mouth to assess your dental health. Alex Harris, DDS will determine if extraction is necessary and help you select the right type of anesthesia. Most simple extractions are performed using only local anesthesia. In some cases, extraction can be performed on the same day as the consultation.


First, we will administer the chosen form of anesthesia. If only local anesthesia is necessary, you will feel a slight pinch of a needle to numb the area. Alex Harris, DDS will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth, then remove it using forceps.


For surgical extractions, Alex Harris, DDS may administer IV sedation or combine the local anesthetic with another method of anesthesia for your comfort. He will make a small incision in the gum tissue, extract the tooth, and place sutures on the extraction site as necessary. Remember that if the removal of a tooth requires more complex surgery, an oral surgeon will most likely perform this type of procedure.

Tooth Replacement Options

If you need one or more teeth replaced, there are many options for restoring them. Alex Harris, DDS will discuss these options with you and together, you will decide on the right choice for your dental goals, desired smile appearance, and budget. Options for replacing missing teeth include:


  • Dental Implants. You can receive a single implant to replace one missing tooth, or multiple implants for many missing teeth. Dental implants can support a bridge or a fixed denture through full-arch restoration. The implant post functions just like a natural tooth root, providing stimulation to the jaw bone and preventing bone loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents jaw bone atrophy associated with tooth loss. If there is sufficient bone structure, an implant can often be placed immediately after the tooth is extracted.
  • Dental Bridge. A bridge cosmetically restores multiple teeth that are missing next to each other in the dental arch. There are four main types of dental bridges, and Alex Harris, DDS will select the right type for your smile. If the bridge is not supported by a dental implant, it will require support from the existing teeth on either side.
  • Dentures (Partial or Complete). Dentures restore your smile’s appearance and help prevent facial sagging due to tooth loss. When you have dentures professionally fitted, they will feel more comfortable and not slide around in your mouth. Removable dentures do not fuse to the jaw bone underneath the gums, which may lead to jaw bone loss in the future.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures. Patients who have lost all of their teeth can restore their smile’s function and appearance with implant-supported dentures. The implants stimulate the jaw bone more than traditional dentures would, but the denture is still removable.
  • Permanent Dentures (All-on-4). For this procedure, a fixed denture is attached to as few as four dental implant posts. The prosthesis remains in your mouth at all times and fully restores your ability to eat, smile, and speak. The dental implants provide stimulation to the jaw, preventing bone loss.

Recovery After Having a Tooth Removed

Our office will provide you with instructions to follow closely. It’s important to properly care for your surgical area. Rest for the first several hours after the extraction and avoid hot liquids. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack to the cheek on the side of the extraction for 10 minutes at a time. We may ask you to rinse your mouth gently with salt water after the first 24 hours to keep the tooth socket clean. When chewing, use caution around the area as the blood clot forms.


Be sure to avoid smoking or using straws for the first few days following extraction. The sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot, resulting in a painful condition called dry socket. If dry socket occurs, call your dentist right away.


If you ever have questions during recovery or would like to learn more about the tooth extraction process, contact Vero Dental in Lehi, Utah, today. Alex Harris, DDS and his team look forward to alleviating your discomfort and improving your oral health through cosmetic and general dental services.

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