Tooth Extraction 101: Everything You Need to Know

At Highrise Dental, we work tirelessly to save damaged teeth, restoring their form and function. However, there are times when a tooth extraction is the only viable option to safeguard your oral health. Dr. Perno and his team are here for you. Our experience, teamwork, and commitment to exceptional patient care will ensure the extraction process is as quick and painless as possible. If you have a damaged or painful tooth or a problem with wisdom teeth, contact our Phoenix office today!

Why Would a Tooth Require Extraction?


There are many different reasons a tooth may require extraction, including the following:

  • Severe Decay or Infection: If not treated promptly with a filling, tooth decay can progress, leading to severe pain, swelling, and infection. If we cannot repair the tooth using root canal therapy or other restorative means, we may have no choice but to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental bridge or implant to prevent further oral health complications.
  • Trauma: A fall, sports injury, or other accident can cause damage that’s so severe that even a root canal treatment cannot save it. The only option may be extracting the affected tooth and replacing it with a dental bridge or implant to safeguard your oral health.
  • Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease is a severe progressive condition that, in its later stages, destroys the bone and tissue that keep the teeth in place. If bone quality and integrity are compromised, and a loose tooth is beyond repair, extraction may be our only option to safeguard the health of the remaining teeth.
  • Overcrowding: A growing tooth can sometimes push other teeth out of alignment as it comes in and may even damage them. We may need to extract the tooth before it causes any permanent damage to your smile.
  • Tooth Impaction: Tooth impaction occurs when a tooth is trapped under the jawbone or gums, leading to pain, infection, and oral health complications. This is common with wisdom teeth, which often don’t have enough room to come in upright. Impacted teeth must be extracted to prevent damage to the surrounding teeth.

What Can You Expect?

At Highrise Dental, we perform simple and surgical extractions. We will start by numbing the area with a local anesthetic and administering dental sedation, if needed, to ensure you have a comfortable and pain-free extraction. Our dental surgical partners may be involved in complex extractions that require general anesthesia instead of localized numbing and conscious sedation.

Depending on the location of the extracted tooth, we may discuss tooth replacement options. We proudly offer dental bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants made to match your natural teeth. Our cutting-edge restorations will leave you with a seamless, functional smile.

What Is Ridge Preservation?

Dental implant restorations require healthy bone density to support the implant. We may recommend a bone grafting procedure, known as ridge preservation, to maintain the quality and integrity of the jawbone. That helps ensure the success of future dental implants.

How Can You Promote Healing After a Tooth Extraction?

We will provide post-extraction instructions to help promote healing and prevent complications. We may also provide you with prescription pain medication for use as needed.

After your extraction, you’ll need to place pressure on the area with a gauze pad to help the bleeding stop. It’s also important to refrain from smoking, drinking from a straw, or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours. That helps reduce the risk of dislodging the blood clot developing in the tooth socket, which can lead to a painful complication known as dry socket. If you have any concerns in the days following your tooth extraction, please get in touch with our office for guidance.

Tooth Extractions Near Me in Phoenix, AZ


If you have a damaged or painful tooth, visit Highrise Dental Today. If a tooth extraction is your only option, you can count on Dr. Perno and his exceptional team for the highest level of care. Your comfort and wellness are always our top priorities.

Are you ready to get started? We invite you to call 602-230-1161 to schedule your appointment or book one online today!

By Dr. Dana Perno, DDS | 06-September-2023