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Tooth Extractions

Safe & Efficient Tooth Removal

Although adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, it is not uncommon to experience tooth loss. Adults may lose a tooth due to various reasons such as trauma, disease, aging, poor oral health, or other conditions. In some cases, a tooth may need to be extracted to preserve the overall health of the remaining teeth.

Dr. Holtzen is an experienced oral surgeon who offers various oral surgery services, such as tooth extraction. At Alpine Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Holtzen will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and improve your oral health.

When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

While preserving natural teeth is always the goal, there are situations where tooth extraction becomes necessary. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease)
  3. Infection
  4. Dental crowding
  5. Trauma
  6. Impaction
  7. Baby teeth that have not fallen out
  8. Preparation for orthodontic treatment

Dr. Holtzen has extensive experience in performing tooth extractions for children, teens, and adults. If a tooth needs to be extracted, we can also discuss tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.

The Tooth Extraction Process

During your consultation, Dr. Holtzen will take 3D scans of your mouth to accurately diagnose and plan your treatment. In some cases, tooth extraction can be performed on the same day as your initial visit. Before the procedure, Dr. Holtzen will explain your treatment plan in detail, including anesthesia options, to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

After the tooth extraction, we will provide you with post-operative instructions for a smooth recovery.

Types of Anesthesia

Our practice offers several types of anesthesia and sedation.

Tooth Replacement Options After Extraction

We want to ensure a positive oral surgery experience from start to finish. If a tooth extraction is recommended, there are various replacement options available to restore your oral health and smile:

  1. Dental Implants: Considered the ideal tooth replacement option, dental implants function and look like natural teeth. They provide a stable and permanent foundation by fusing with the jaw bone. Dental implants also prevent bone loss and blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
  2. Removable Dentures or Dental Bridges: Traditional dentures and bridges are popular choices for replacing missing teeth. While they are removable, they can be customized for a secure and comfortable fit. However, they may require replacement over time and do not prevent jaw bone loss.
  3. Socket Preservation (Bone Grafting): After tooth extraction, socket preservation can help maintain the size and shape of the tooth socket. This procedure reduces bone loss caused by tooth extraction and prepares the area for future dental implant placement.
  4. No Tooth Replacement: Choosing not to replace a missing tooth can have long-term effects on your oral health, including facial sagging, dental shifting, jaw bone loss, and difficulties with eating and speaking. We encourage you to discuss your tooth replacement options with us to restore your smile and oral health.

Experience Exceptional Oral Surgery Care

We are committed to providing exceptional care to our patients and prioritize your comfort, safety, and satisfaction throughout your treatment. Contact us today to learn more about our practice, the services we offer, or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.