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In general, dental extractions, sometimes called tooth removal, come in two forms:

-A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a straightforward extraction, Dr. Keith Dodge loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called a forceps to get rid of the tooth.

-Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure. They are used if a tooth breaks off at the gum line or has not erupted past the gums yet. In a surgical extraction, Dr. Keith Dodge produces a small cut into your gums. Occasionally it’s necessary to eliminate some bone surrounding the tooth or to slice the tooth into two pieces to eradicate it.

Usually simple extractions can be done in a single follow-up visit. You may or may not receive medication to help you relax during a simple extraction procedure, but for a surgical extraction, you will prone receive sedation. (This is typical for those who have specific medical conditions and for children.)

Once D. Keith Dodge has pulled the tooth, a blood clot typically develops in the socket. Dr. Keith Dodge will stuff a gauze pad into your socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Occasionally he will place some self-dissolving stitches to seal the gums on top of the extraction site.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, please don’t hesitate to call 801-225-8060 to schedule a consultation appointment at Dodge Family Dental in Orem, Utah.