Benefits of Having a Tooth Extracted

Let’s walk through some of the best benefits of having a tooth extracted. The ideal scenario for a healthy mouth is to retain all of your natural teeth. However, there are plenty of times that a person’s oral health declines whether that is due to mistreatment, disease, or injury. If your oral surgeon has recommended a tooth extraction, it is important that you rest assured it is purposeful and will benefit the overall health of your teeth. 

Tooth Extractions Can Remove Infection Source

An infected tooth is always a health concern and needs treatment. Sometimes the innermost layer of a tooth, known as the pulp, gets an infection that warrants immediate attention from your oral surgeon. In this kind of infection’s case, a root canal can sometimes solve the issue and remove the infection. If it is bad enough though, an extraction may be recommended to you to remove all of the infection in the area. This means your mouth will maintain a healthy, infection-free environment and will stand a better chance of recovery.

Tooth Extractions Help Future Oral Health

Sometimes a tooth extraction may be decided on to protect your oral health in the future. A wisdom tooth extraction is a good example. Often wisdom teeth may be too large to fit into the mouth, or may be sideways, causing an impending impaction. In this case your oral surgeon will extract the teeth so that you can save yourself the discomfort and pain associated with their growth.

Extractions Open Space for Dental Implants

If you are at a point in your life where you have chosen to get dental implants, extracting your teeth is a prerequisite to the procedure. In this case, your oral surgeon will take out your teeth and roots to make space for the new, beautiful implants. 


If you need to have a tooth extracted do not worry, it is only for the betterment of your oral health. Shawn B. Davis at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute will take care of you and any concerns that you have! Contact us today: (435) 238-7083

Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?

You have surely seen your friends after their wisdom teeth removal or the viral social media videos of others laughing after the procedure, but are you unsure if you have wisdom teeth yourself? If you find yourself Googling “Do I have wisdom teeth?” then we have the answer for you!

How to Tell If You Have Wisdom Teeth

The answer is simple, and complicated. The majority of people have wisdom teeth in their mouth and experience their sometimes painful growth in their late teens or early twenties. For others, it is perfectly natural to have no wisdom teeth at all, or even 1 or 2 instead of all four. One way to know without visiting the dentist is to explore your mouth gently at home. Looking back behind the rest of your teeth, are there painful lumps? Do they bulge on top or cause you discomfort? For some, the wisdom teeth may even break through the gums without you feeling pain or immediately noticing. Be sure to wash your hands and then take a look and see if you can sense the molars growing.

If you can’t tell on your own, it is possible that you don’t have wisdom teeth, or they may simply be far enough under the gums that you can’t tell if they are present or not. However, there is no need for concern as long as you are not in any kind of discomfort. On the same note, the next time you get x-rays with your oral surgeon, ask them to let you know if you have wisdom teeth that they can see. This will give you a good idea of what to expect in your future. 


Rest assured, if you need wisdom teeth surgery or are beginning to sense the presence of your third molars, Shawn B. Davis at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute will take care of you and any concerns that you have! Contact us today: (435) 238-7083