When A General Extraction Is Necessary

santa rosa tooth extractionSometimes, a tooth cannot be treated with dental restorations, and leaving it in place could threaten your oral health. Examples include the eruption of your wisdom teeth. But your Santa Rosa, CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help safeguard your smile with a gentle and safe tooth extraction.

The Reasons to Extract a Tooth

When does a tooth need to be removed to safeguard your smile? As we touched on above, one beyond repair due to damage or the advanced stage of decay or infection could enable the spread of infection if left in place. We could extract it to safeguard your smile as a whole. We could remove a tooth to make room for orthodontic treatment, and also to pave the way for a prosthetic, such as an implant bridge or denture. If you have wisdom teeth poised to erupt, we could extract them to prevent complications with your smile. You avoid painful impactions, infections, or damaged teeth, and don’t develop misalignment as these additional molars are squeezed into your smile.

Ensuring Your Comfort During Oral Surgery

Our team always takes time to ensure your treatment is a durable and effective one. We will begin with digital x-rays and CBCT imagery, so we can identify the position of your tooth and plan the extraction to avoid sinus cavities, nerve tissues, or blood vessels. We will administer a local numbing agent to the area to keep you comfortable, and we also have sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. We can select a sedation option based on multiple factors, including your overall anxiety levels. We then gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps and suture the area closed. As the sedation often takes time to wear off, be sure someone is available to bring you home afterward.

Aftercare Instructions

We will remove sutures in a follow-up visit, but in the meantime, you should follow our detailed aftercare instructions and take any prescribed medications we have recommended. These actions help the area heal properly and protect you from complications. At home, be sure to rest for the next day or two, eat soft foods, be gentle when you brush and floss, and avoid straws. If you have any questions about how our team can plan and implement a tooth extraction to save your smile, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile with confidence and enjoy your best possible smile!

Learn More About Dental Extraction in Santa Rosa, CA

We want to help you smile with confidence and avoid serious issues with your oral health and bite function, and that may include a tooth extraction! To learn more about our approach to general extraction, give us a call at Santa Rosa Oral Surgery at (707)545-4625 today!