Performing a Tooth Extraction Can Solve Decay or Crowding

There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction. Whether you have a badly decayed tooth or impacted wisdom teeth, an extraction can provide relief from painful symptoms and help you build a strong foundation for long-lasting oral health. Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a board-certified maxillofacial and oral surgeon in who can perform a tooth extraction at his office in Salt Lake City, UT. Our office is fully equipped with sedation technology and state-of-the-art imaging that can help make your procedure virtually painless and highly effective at treating your condition. 

Reasons You Might Require an Extraction

We are able to address most issues that require tooth extractions. Our cone beam scanner allows us to visualize the condition of your teeth and determine whether an extraction is necessary to help you feel at ease about treatment. 

Severe Decay

An untreated cavity can spread to the inside of your tooth, infecting the inside chamber. In most instances, this infection can be removed and treated with root canal therapy. However, if your decay is too severe for a root canal to be effective, you may require an extraction. 

Oral Trauma 

Your teeth can break because of an accident or another traumatic event. If your tooth is too damaged or weak to repair with a crown alone, Dr. Hopkin may recommend an extraction before replacing your missing tooth with dental implants


Crowded teeth can cause functional and aesthetic concerns, preventing you from biting down properly and impacting your confidence in your smile. Before undergoing orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist may require the extraction of one or more teeth to ensure that your teeth have space to move during your treatment. 

Periodontal Disease 

Advanced gum disease can affect the pockets around the teeth, causing them to weaken around the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose. 

Wisdom Teeth 

One of the most common reasons why patients require extraction is to remove wisdom teeth. Some patients can experience pain and sensitivity in their gums as problematic wisdom teeth begin to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly because they are growing at an angle or sideways and will require an extraction. 

Dr. Hopkin is a board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and tooth extractions are only a small part of what his practice can do for you

The Process of Extraction 

Although the procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on the nature of your case, a tooth extraction can help restore your oral health or get you closer to a healthy foundation for your coming treatments. Depending on the complexity of your case and your level of dental phobia, you may choose to receive sedation during your tooth extraction. Our sedation options range from local anesthesia to general anesthesia, and we can help you choose a form of sedation that helps you feel comfortable entering your treatment. 

During the procedure, Dr. Hopkin will typically remove gum or bone tissue covering an impacted tooth. He will then rock the tooth gently back and forth with a pair of forceps until it becomes loose. During this time, you will feel pressure, but the pain is minimal. In complex cases, he may have to remove the tooth in pieces to facilitate the process. Once the designated tooth has been removed, he will place stitches and gauze in the treatment area to help you begin the healing process. Recovery usually takes a few days. To facilitate your healing, it is important that you take any prescribed medications, limit strenuous activity, and refrain from smoking

Call Our Office 

Dr. Hopkin is a board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and tooth extractions are only a small part of what his practice can do for you. Extractions can be performed on their own or as a part of oral reconstructions to help you restore your oral health. Schedule your consultation today by calling (801) 277-3942 or contact us online

Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS

Hopkin Oral Surgery Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a highly trained oral surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He is proud to be board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, Dr. Hopkin and his team provide excellent care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods. Our most popular services include:

You can request a consultation with Dr. Hopkin by filling out our online form or calling (801) 277-3942.

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