With advanced dental technology and modern dentistry, most natural teeth can be restored or repaired and preserved. In some cases, however, gum disease, decay, or trauma can damage a tooth beyond repair, and extraction becomes unavoidable. Teeth may also be extracted for the purpose of orthodontics and or when the wisdom teeth appear and are unable to fit in the jaw.
Our Santa Clarita dentists at A New Smile Dental Group provide exceptional care in a range of dental services. Your oral health and comfort is our top priority. If you have a tooth that requires extraction, you can expect silent instruments and sedation options (which we refer to as “comfort dentistry”) for a more relaxed and comfortable dental treatment experience.
Reasons for Extractions
When extraction is performed, the tooth is removed from its socket in the bone. This may be necessary for a number of reasons, including:
- Wisdom teeth must be extracted if they have insufficient room to come in, causing pain, swelling, or infection, or become impacted.
- The tooth is damaged extensively and beyond repair.
- Baby teeth have not fallen out in time to allow permanent teeth to come in.
- An extra tooth is blocking another tooth from coming in.
- One or more teeth have become infected.
- In orthodontics, certain teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the remaining teeth to be shifted into the correct position.
Types of Extractions
There are two basic methods by which teeth can be extracted:
- Simple extraction: Dentists perform simple extractions on teeth that can be seen in the mouth. The dentist will first loosen the tooth with an instrument known as an elevator, and then remove the tooth using forceps.
- Surgical extraction: This is a more complex procedure, used to extract teeth that have not yet come through the gums, or teeth that have broken off at the gum line. To remove the tooth, the doctor makes a small incision in the gum. In some cases, it is necessary to cut the tooth in half or remove bone around the tooth in order to extract it.
What to Expect after an Extraction
You can expect some bleeding from the site after a tooth is extracted. Your dentist will place a gauze pack on the site to reduce the bleeding and to help a clot to form. It is important not to drink through a straw, rinse your mouth vigorously, smoke, or do anything to disturb the clot for 24 hours after an extraction.
Sedation Options for Extractions
Most simple extractions can be performed with local anesthetic. Our dental group uses silent instruments and offers sedation options to make your treatment experience more comfortable, including:
- Injection-free topical anesthesia
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Conscious sedation (a combination of anesthetic and sedative to block pain and help you relax)
Santa Clarita Dentist
When you come to A New Smile Dental Group for tooth extraction or any other dental services, you can have confidence that you will receive high-quality, individual dental care with a focus on your oral health and comfort. Call us to request an appointment at our Santa Clarita office – we welcome new patients of every age.