Providing Gentle General Extractions For Your Smile

santa rosa tooth extractionWhen a tooth needs to be taken out to improve your oral health, we will accomplish this with a tooth extraction. We could use this to prevent wisdom tooth complications, or to prepare smiles for dental implant dentures. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about our general extractions.

The General Extraction Process

How do we extract a tooth? Well, first we will use digital x-rays and advanced CBCT imaging technology to obtain pictures of the tooth in question, so we can plan the removal with precision and accuracy. We then administer a local numbing agent and possible sedation to ensure you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. We then gently remove the tooth with forceps, and suture the area closed, we also add medication to help preserve the area. For the next day or two, you will rest, eat soft foods, and avoid activity while a clot forms and the area begins to heal. As needed, we will remove sutures in a follow up visit or start the process of tooth replacement.

When Smiles Need One

We may prescribe this for a tooth too decayed or infected to be treated with fillings or root canals, as leaving it in place could mean infection reaching other parts of the smile. In addition, we could offer this to address teeth too damaged for repair, to take out the ones loosened by gum disease, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. We also prevent wisdom tooth impaction by taking out wisdom teeth before they erupt, preserving the balance and appearance of the smile in the process. If you’ve lost most of your teeth, an extraction could mean removing the last few to make room for dental implant dentures.

Does Your Smile Need a Dental Implant?

If we take our wisdom teeth, or remove teeth to improve balance and chewing function as part of your orthodontic treatment, then replacement usually isn’t necessary. But otherwise, you will have a gap in your smile that could cause complications. Our team could help by securing one or more dental implants, which stimulates jawbone growth to prevent the dangerous complications of tooth loss, preserving your smile and allowing your new teeth to last for decades to come.

If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or about the extraction process itself, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Addressing Missing Teeth?

Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy and functional smile once more. If you would like to learn more about using oral surgery to offer optimal oral health, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.