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Extractions Specialist

Sunrise Smile Design

Rick R Campbell, DDS, PC

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in North Central, Phoenix, AZ

Your permanent teeth are incredibly tough, but if you experience oral trauma or develop a deep cavity, extractions may be necessary. At Sunrise Smile Design, Rick Campbell, DDS, PC, uses special tools and years of extensive training to perform extractions quickly and effectively. To make an appointment at the practice in Phoenix, Arizona, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Extractions

What are extractions?

The term extractions refers to an outpatient procedure that removes one or several teeth. The most common type of extraction removes the wisdom teeth, which are located at the back of your mouth. 

Other factors that might require the need for extractions include significant damage, severe decay, or crowding. You might also benefit from extractions if you’re preparing to undergo a complex medical procedure like chemotherapy or an organ transplant. 

How do I prepare for extractions?

Before recommending extractions, Dr. Campbell conducts an oral exam, takes oral X-rays, and reviews your dental health history. 

During your consultation, let him know if you’re living with a chronic condition like high blood pressure, kidney disease, or a congenital heart defect. These ailments won’t prevent you from getting extractions, but they may increase the risk of complications during the procedure. Therefore, it’s important they’re stable and treated.

Are extractions painful?

No. Thanks to modern dental tools and local anesthetics, extractions are quick and virtually pain-free. If you experience any discomfort during the procedure, let Dr. Campbell know. He’s happy to adjust the anesthesia as necessary.

What are the types of extractions?

At Sunrise Smile Design, Dr. Campbell offers two types of extractions:

Simple extractions

For teeth that are above the gum line, Dr. Campbell conducts a simple extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, he carefully loosens your tooth with an elevator. When the tooth dislodges, Dr. Campbell gently removes it.

Surgical extractions

For teeth below the gum line, Dr. Campbell conducts a surgical extraction. First, he administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Then, Dr. Campbell makes an incision over the impacted tooth. He separates it into several pieces and removes the tooth.

What is recovery like following extractions?

Following extractions, it’s normal to experience swelling, increased sensitivity, and mild discomfort. For the first week, avoid drinking from a straw to limit your risk of a painful dry socket. Eat only soft foods like scrambled eggs or soup, and keep the extraction site clean. 

If the pain interferes with your quality of life, apply an ice pack to your cheek or take over-the-counter pain medication. Continue to brush and floss daily, but do so gently. 

To learn more about extractions, make an appointment at Sunrise Smile Design by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.