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Tooth Extraction

Dentists will do everything they can to save a tooth, but there are various reasons as to why a tooth may need to be extracted.

Drs. Burton and Rasmussen of Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery perform safe and comfortable surgical and non-surgical extractions.

Find out how the board-certified surgeons at our Orem and Saratoga Springs, UT, practice can make your tooth extraction virtually painless.

See How Tooth Extraction Can Improve Your Oral Health

Tooth extractions can be extremely important to your oral health...

Why Oral Surgeons Should Do Extractions

Oral surgeons are dentists who have additional, specialized education and training in treating oral health problems involving the face and jaws. While some dentists may be able to do simple, non-surgical extractions, they usually send their patients to an oral surgeon for complex extractions or other dental surgeries. 

Need an Extraction? Contact Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Christopher Burton and Dr. Jared Rasmussen, have multiple decades of combined tooth extraction experience, whether you need all your wisdom teeth or just a single tooth extracted.

Many dentists in the area refer their patients to our inviting, state-of-the-art dental practice for complex oral surgery procedures. 

Don't suffer from tooth pain or put off having an extraction that can improve your overall or dental health. Set up an appointment at our Saratoga Springs or Orem, UT, practice today.  Feel free to use our simple online form or call:

(801) 224-1200

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Drs. Burton and Rasmussen - Board-certified oral surgeons

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Zach Lehn


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I got my wisdom teeth removed here. They did a great job. I was working landscape at the time and was back at work feeling great the next day.

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jordan abbott


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In and out quick, broken tooth pulled, nice friendly staff, good price for work done.

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Why Extract a Tooth?

Our Orem and Saratoga Springs, UT, oral surgeons may suggest an extraction when these and other dental issues occur:

Severe Damage

Dentists can not save your tooth due to major damage from decay or injury. In these cases, tooth extraction must be performed to maintain your oral health.


Impaction is a condition in which a tooth isn't breaking through your gums properly or is stuck in your jawbone. Dentists frequently refer their patients to us for impacted tooth extraction.


If your mouth does not have room for erupting wisdom teeth, or your existing teeth are too crowded together for orthodontia to work properly, dentists may recommend tooth extraction.

Tooth Infection/Pain

When a severe toothache occurs, it may mean your tooth has become severely infected. A dentist may recommend extraction if root canal therapy or antibiotics don't help. This can prevent the infection from spreading.

Gum Disease

If your gums and the tissues surrounding your teeth are infected, the teeth may become loose. In serious cases, an extraction may be needed.

Impacted Teeth Which Teeth Are Most Commonly Affected?

  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Wisdom teeth usually erupt in your late teens or early twenties. If not extracted, they can cause a multitude of dental problems, including growing in crooked, crowding existing teeth out of alignment, or becoming impacted under your gums or in your jawbone. That can cause pain, gum disease, and infections.
  • Canine Teeth
  • Your canine teeth, also known as cuspids or eyeteeth, help with chewing, keeping surrounding teeth in alignment, and shaping your smile. If they become impacted, it can affect oral function and tooth alignment. Painful cysts can also form if our oral surgeons do not extract impacted canines. 

How Wisdom Teeth Can Disrupt Your Smile

Five Reasons to Choose Our Practice


Our oral surgeons are board-certified, meaning they are at the top of their profession. Certification requires additional years of specialized training and the passing of a rigorous exam given by a distinguished medical board. Not all oral surgeons achieve this distinction.


Our oral surgeons have over 20 years of top-grade expertise performing complex dental procedures and oral surgery such as dental implant placement.

Convenient Locations

Our surgeons can perform complex extractions at various surgical centers in the Sarasota Springs, UT, area, including Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Your dental surgery will be performed where it is convenient for you. 

Friendly Atmosphere

Our patients are greeted with a friendly, welcoming smile. It is our mission to make you feel confident and relaxed about choosing our dental practice.

Advanced Technology

Our Orem and Saratoga Springs, UT, surgeons use the most cutting-edge dental technology available, including digital X-rays and diode lasers to make diagnosis and oral surgeries quicker, more precise, and more comfortable for our patients.

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Alexis Lopez


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Went in this morning to get all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed and was very anxious about it as I have never had any type of surgery before...I am very impressed with the work they did, as it has only been a few hours and my swelling has drastically gone down and the pain is minimal. Thank you Dr. Rasmussen and staff for doing this procedure for me, I would highly recommend choosing this place when you need your wisdom teeth removed.

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Nick Young


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I am a dentist in Orem and have referred patients and family members to both Dr. Burton and Dr. Rasmussen. Having seen their work many times and having received numerous good reports from my patients, I feel very comfortable sending patients to Utah Valley Oral Surgery...Their bedside manner is great, their clinical skills are impressive, they have a caring staff, and--perhaps most important--I trust them. I highly recommend this office for all oral surgery, implant, and TMJ disorder needs.

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The Extraction Procedure

After local anesthesia and, if requested, sedation, are administered, the procedure can begin:
A special tool is used to move the affected tooth back and forth to loosen it. It can then be removed.
If the tooth is impacted under your gums or in your jaw, bone and gum tissue will be surgically removed to reveal the tooth for removal. In some cases, dentists and oral surgeons may break the tooth into pieces for easy extraction.
The extraction site is closed with stitches and gauze will be put in place. This will help protect a blood clot that forms over the extraction site, which acts as a natural seal to keep out bacteria. Now, it's time to go home and rest.

Recovery and Aftercare

  • You may experience some minor bleeding, swelling, and pain over the next few days. Applying gauze and ice packs can help with bleeding and swelling, while pain meds can relieve discomfort. Please do not smoke, as that inhibits healing.
  • Stick with soft or liquid foods for a day or so that you do not dislodge the blood clot over the extraction site. Biting into something hard may cause more swelling, as well. Don't brush or floss the extraction area right away, either, as that can dislodge the blood clot. Rinse gently with salt water instead. 
  • Dislodging the blood clot can cause a painful condition called dry socket. When dry socket occurs, the bone in the socket can become exposed, leaving it susceptible to bacteria. If you suspect dry socket has developed, call our Orem or Saratoga Springs practice immediately. A special surgical gauze may need to be put over the dry socket to allow a new blood clot to form.
Dr. Christopher Burton and Dr. Jared Rasmussen

Utah Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

At Utah Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are committed to creating the best possible experience for every patient. Dr. Christopher Burton and Dr. Jared Rasmussen provide the highest quality of care and are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Utah Dental Association

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (801) 224-1200 today.

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