General Tooth Extractions

We try to save your natural teeth at all costs, but sometimes extracting the tooth is the final option to preserve the health of the surrounding teeth.

General Tooth Extractions in Birmingham, Alabama

While your family dentist or other dental professional will work hard to save your natural tooth, sometimes extraction is the recommended treatment for a failing tooth. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Roden and Dr. Alling, are seasoned experts in the surgical removal of teeth, and this type of procedure is very common in our practice. Once you have had a tooth or multiple teeth extracted at our practice, our doctors can recommend an appropriate tooth replacement with options that include dental implants, full-arch restoration, or other customized solutions.

When you come in to see us for your consultation appointment, we will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your needs and preferences. Please feel free to contact us today to request your appointment. We offer the full scope of oral surgery care, including tooth extractions, in our welcoming Birmingham practice.

It may help you to be more at ease about your upcoming procedure to hear stories from patients who have already undergone tooth extraction procedures at our practice. We encourage you to check out our Patient Stories page.

When are extractions recommended?

You may require an extraction if other options such as crowns, fillings, and root canals have failed to repair the tooth, or if the affected tooth is threatening the health of the surrounding teeth.

You may need an extraction if

  • You are experiencing tooth crowding.
  • Your restorative treatments have failed to repair the tooth.
  • You have extreme tooth damage.
  • You have an impacted tooth.
  • You have advanced gum disease.
  • You have a severe infection or tooth decay.
  • Your tooth is malformed (which is rare).
  • You are preparing for dental implants.

Dr. Roden or Dr. Alling will be happy to discuss your options for restoring your smile after an extraction.

What is the tooth extraction process?

Tooth extraction is a relatively quick outpatient procedure that can often be performed using local anesthesia. However, IV anesthesia is always an option at our practice, no matter what type of extraction you are having. In every case, our team will make sure that you are at ease and comfortable before your treatment takes place. Please let us know if you are feeling anxious so that we can provide you with additional options for your anesthesia.

You can expect your tooth extraction procedure at our practice to be very quick and simple if your tooth is visible above the gum line. For this type of extraction, your oral surgeon will typically use a special tool to loosen the tooth before removing it with forceps. For extractions that are more complicated, or if your tooth is impacted, your oral surgeon may need to make a small incision in your gum or remove a small amount of bone to extract the tooth. After the extraction, your surgeon may use stitches to close the incision.

If you have any questions about tooth extraction or any of the procedures that we offer at Roden Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery, or if you would like to request a consultation appointment, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.