Usually, you want to do all you can to save your natural teeth. But in some cases, a tooth extraction is the best option for maintaining your oral health and preventing more serious problems from developing. The dentists at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry in Valencia, California, help patients from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley optimize their oral health with state-of-the-art extraction techniques using advanced pain management methods for greater comfort during and after the procedure. Call the office to learn more, or schedule a visit online.
It’s almost always better to preserve a tooth whenever possible rather than pulling it. However, a tooth extraction is the best option in some instances, such as:
As with any dental treatment, the Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry team performs a thorough exam and evaluation before recommending an extraction to ensure it’s the best option for you.
In nearly every case, yes. Wisdom teeth erupt or emerge from the gums once all the other teeth are already in place. That means there’s not much space left to accommodate them. As a result, they can become impacted (stuck under neighboring teeth) or come in sideways, potentially causing additional problems.
In these cases, the need for an extraction is obvious. But even when there’s enough room for them to come in straight, their location far back in your mouth makes them difficult to keep clean. As a result, they can become harbors for disease- and decay-causing bacteria, and having them pulled can help prevent those issues and improve your future oral health.
Extractions are performed using anesthesia so you stay comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit. Simple extractions usually are performed with special tools that elevate or lift your tooth from its socket. More complex extractions like for wisdom teeth or teeth that are badly broken or very weak typically require incisions into the surrounding gum tissue to access the entire tooth, including the root.
In some cases, a small amount of bone also must be removed. Once your tooth is removed, your dental team cleans the surrounding area, closes incisions with tiny sutures, and applies a gauze dressing to protect the area.
Right after your extraction, you can expect to feel groggy from the sedation, and you’ll need to have someone drive you home. Before you leave the office, the Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry staff provides instructions on how to care for the area while it heals, including how to brush and floss without dislodging the protective clot that forms in the tooth socket. You can manage any discomfort you feel with pain relievers and cold compresses applied to your cheek.