When teeth need to be extracted, we use oral surgery to provide the procedure comfortably and effectively. Removal is often necessary to prevent major complications from infection or damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about how we gently and carefully extract teeth to protect smiles.
Why Need to Be Taken Out
We could suggest removal if an infection has progressed to a state that the tooth could be lost and the infection spread to other parts of the smile. We also take them out if a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a crown. In some cases, we need to remove them to help facilitate orthodontic treatment, or if they have been loosened by gum disease. If you’ve lost most of your teeth, then extracting the last few could make room for your new set of dentures. However, the most common reason is to address wisdom teeth. These are up to four new molars that erupt in our late teens and early 20s, and could cause misalignment, infection, painful impaction, and more. However, we preserve your smile’s health, function, and beauty by removing them before they even erupt.
The Tooth Extraction Process
We want to ensure you feel comfortable, so we will not only numb the area around the tooth, but we will provide sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the process. Next, we gently take the tooth out with a pair of forceps. To guide the procedure, we will take detailed digital x-rays and intraoral images of your smile. Once the tooth is improved, we will suture the area closed. A friend or family member will bring you home, and you will take any prescribed medications as instructed. For the first day you need to rest, eat soft foods, avoid straws, and avoid prodding the site. Most people return to normal activities after a day of rest, and we will remove sutures as well.
Replacing Missing Teeth
In some cases, the need to remove a tooth will leave behind a gap in your smile that could complicate your oral health and appearance. Which is why we also provide dental prosthetics, such as bridges, dentures, partials, and even dental implants, to fill these gaps and for a complete smile again. If you have any questions about how we implement oral surgery and protect the health of the smile, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery?
Our team wants to help you avoid the major complications of poor oral health. You can schedule an appointment to keep smiles healthy and strong for years to come, by calling your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, at (661) 259-7760.