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Phoenix Dentist, Dentist in Phoenix, AZ

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Integrative Dental Associates

Integrative Dental


Natural-Biocompatible Dentistry

(602) 956-4807




Office Hours 

Mon-Wed 8:00-4:00

Thurs 8:00-3:00

4202 N 32nd St, Suite A

Phoenix, AZ 85018

Extractions/Root Canals


Unfortunately, there comes a time when the extraction of a tooth becomes necessary. 

Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.

Other teeth need to be extracted because they are infected causing an abscess.  This infection must be dealt with in order to reduce the risk of the infection growing or spreading.

An important part of the extraction process is the complete removal of the periodontal ligament and the lining of the tooth socket bone. The purpose of this removal is to prevent a piece of tissue from causing incomplete healing of the bone and leaving a hole ("cavitation"). Dr. Butler follows the Huggins protocol for proper extractions to minimize the risk of this occurring. In addition, Dr. Butler utilizes dental ozone to treat the site and reduce the risk of dry socket and minimize the need for post-operative antibiotics and their side-effects.

In addition, we have begun using the exciting new approach of applying Platlet Rich Plasma (PRP) at the extraction site.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a new approach in tissue regeneration and a developing area for clinicians and researchers. It is used in various surgical fields, including oral and maxillofacial surgery. PRP is prepared from the patient's own blood and contains growth factors that influence wound healing. Of these growth factors, platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, and epidermal growth factor play a pivotal role in tissue repair mechanisms. The easy application of PRP in the clinic and its possible beneficial outcome, including reduction of bleeding, rapid soft tissue healing, and bone regeneration

Nikolidakis, D, and Jansen, JA. "The Biology of Platelet Rich Plasma and its Application in Oral Surgery: Lerature Review."  Pubmed.gov. September 14, 2008.

You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call the doctor. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your doctor will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your doctor might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:

Gelatin, Pudding, Yogurt, Mashed Potatoes, Ice Cream, Thin Soups

When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.


Root Canals

Then there is the issue of the root canal.  Root canals are a way of preserving the tooth for future use.  However, this tooth is now dead and can pose many problems.  Since the tooth is dead, a person may have considerable infection or decay and feel no pain.  In addition, the dead tooth can become an incubator for toxic anaerobic bacteria that has the potential to spread throughout the bloodstream causing other serious medical conditions.  The Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF), using state of the art DNA testing technology, identified multiple pathological bacteria found within root canal teeth, the bone adjacent to the teeth, and even more in extraction sites where healing has not taken place.  (TERF, 2010)

Here are some of the bacteria found by clinical tests conducted by both TERF and other independent laboratories:

  • Acinetobacter baumanii – linked to Pneumonia and Periodontal disease
  • Gemella morbillorum – linked to invasive endocarditis, Meningitis & Arthritis
  • Klebsiella – linked to pneumonia Lung infections, infections of the Urinary Tract, biliary tract & Osteomyelitis & Meningitis
  • Porphyromonas gingivalis – Protein metabolism, Biofilms, leads to Bone destruction and Premature labor
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa – linked to Central Nervous System disorders, Endocarditis, Brain abscesses & increase in liver enzymes, Prosthetic heart valve invasion
  • Streptococcus mitis – found in Strep Throat, Scarlet fever and linked to heart failure –
  • Rhpumatir fpvpr- known to affect the heart, nerves, kidneys, brain, and sinus cavities.
  • Capnocytophagaochraceavi – known to affect the heart, nerves, kidneys, brain, and sinus cavities.
  • Fusobacteriumnucleatumvii – known to affect the heart, nerves, kidneys, brain, and sinus cavities.
  • Leptotrichiabuccalis – known to affect the heart, nerves, kidneys, brain, and sinus cavities.
  • Porphyromonas gingivalis ix – known to affect the heart, nerves, kidneys, brain, and sinus cavities.
  • Veillonella parvula – pathology associated with heart disease and destruction of the Central Nervous System.
  • Candida albicans – as it changes from yeast to the fungal state, it becomes invasive, causing small holes to occur in the intestinal tract resulting in „leaky gut syndrome?.  Also increases porphyrin excretion in urine leading to reduced ATP and heme formation, thus reducing overall energy to cells of the nervous system.
  • Capnocytophaga ochracea – can cause frontal lobe brain abscesses – associated with dental infections and diseases of the Central Nervous System
  • Porphyromas gingivalis – alters the integrity of endothelium of blood vessels.  Enhances atherosclerosis.
  • Actinomyces naeslundii –associated with draining sinuses (generally clear up within a week of root canals and cavitation treatment)
  • Candida albicans –associated with ALS
  • Capnocytophaga ochracea –frontal lobe brain abscesses of dental origin – microbe thought to originate in dental decay.
  • Gemella morbillorum –associated with meningitis.
  • Neisseria meningitides –associated with seizures.
  • Escherichia coli –and Staph aureus –are both capable of increasing porphyrins, which will cause less ATP to be available to neural tissues.
  • Streptococcus intermedius –Cervical spinal cord abscesses –associated with high mortality and neurologic morbidity.


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We proudly offer extractions at our convenient location in Phoenix, AZ. If you have a toothache or pain in any of your teeth, a tooth extraction and a dental implant or bridge may be an option.