A general tooth extraction refers to the complete removal of a tooth from your smile. Sometimes, this could actually safeguard your entire smile from serious complications! In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons look at when a smile needs one, and how we remove teeth comfortably.
The Extraction Process
How do we extract a tooth? To begin, detailed digital x-rays and images will be taken, so we can identify the exact position of the tooth and avoid sinus cavities and nerve tissues. We also want to make sure the process is a comfortable one, so we will administer a local anesthetic to the area, and we can also discuss various sedation options to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. Often, you will have little to no memory of the procedure at all. When you’re comfortable, we will gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps, and then suture the area closed. We may also place special medications to preserve the site should you receive a dental implant down the road.
Reasons to Remove a Tooth
We may take a tooth that has been loosened by gum disease, or if we need to make room for your orthodontic treatment. Extraction could address teeth too damaged or decayed/infected to be treated with a restoration. Taking a tooth out is also recommended when wisdom teeth are able to erupt, as their arrival could lead to misalignment, impaction, infection, and even damaged teeth. If you have lost the majority of your teeth, we could also extract what is left to make room for a secure and lifelike set of dental implant dentures.
What Happens Next?
Once we extract the tooth, we will send you home with a friend or family member. You should take any prescribed medications as instructed, and rest for the first day. That day, eat only soft foods, avoid straws or picking the site with your tongue, and avoid strenuous activity. After a day most people return to normal activities, and sutures can be removed in future appointments. While some teeth don’t need to be replaced, others will to avoid complications. We could discuss options like dental implants to offer a lifelike and durable solution to minor or severe tooth loss, as they can support dentures as well. We want to ensure you can always smile with confidence and enjoy optimal oral health. If you have any questions, then give us a call today.
Do You Have Questions About General Tooth Extraction?
Sometimes, problems arise that necessitate the removal of a tooth, or possibly more than one. If you have any questions about extracting your teeth comfortably and safely, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.