Tooth Extractions Can Often Save A Smile

Have you ever wondered when a tooth extraction would make sense? Well, in today’s blog post, you’ll get to hear about some of those situations when you might have to remove a tooth to save your smile. Read on, and then be sure to follow up with the Alabama Family Dental team to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Whatley.

Wisdom Teeth

This is our most common situation for extracting teeth. It usually happens in young adulthood. If your wisdom teeth decide to come in and they appear to threaten the health of your surrounding teeth, we will move quickly to extract them and save your smile.

Tooth Decay

Almost everyone will experience at least one cavity in the course of a lifetime. It isn’t usually a big deal early on, and we definitely try to use the most conservative treatment we can, like a dental filling for instance. Still, if there is deep damage or extensive tooth decay, your restorative options become few. Don’t worry, Dr. Whatley will save your natural teeth if at all possible. But if the tooth is too far gone to be restored through a dental filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we may need to pull it out and pursue replacement options (such as a dental implant).

Gum Disease

Gum disease is often missed by non-professionals. And once it has attacked your gums and underlying bone, the tooth in question may be too loose to be saved by standard gum disease treatments. This is when we would need to extract and look into implants. Your best bet is to keep those regular 6 month checkups so that we’ll be aware of anything bad that might be unfolding in your mouth.


Many people aren’t aware of this one. But it makes sense when you think about it. A full set of dentures or overdentures (dentures supported by dental implants) span the entire arch, so tooth extraction may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. An extraction is done because it will make your replacement set fit better and feel more comfortable in your mouth.


Even orthodontic solutions need space to work. Tooth extraction may be the best place to start if your mouth is overcrowded.

Whatever The Reason, Dr. Whatley Makes It Easy

At our Mobile, AL dentist’s office, tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia as well as dental sedation (especially for more anxious patients). Here’s the deal: once the relevant area is completely numb, Dr. Whatley will use special tools to gently remove the tooth. This requires loosening the tooth from the socket, so you may feel firm pressure on the area, but no real pain. Mild post-op discomfort is to be expected, but should go away after only a few days.

Learn More, Get Started!

Want to learn more about teeth extraction and replacement options? Start by calling us at 251-241-0890, or if you prefer you can contact us online.