San Ramon Dental Excellence
General Family Dentistry & Anti-Aging Dentistry located in San Ramon, CA
At least 5 million Americans have tooth extractions every year, so you’re not alone if you need a tooth removed. At San Ramon Dental Excellence in San Ramon, California, the skilled team of dental specialists offers tooth extraction procedures in a comfortable and soothing environment. Book your appointment with online scheduling or call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a common procedure in which your dentist removes a tooth, including both the crown and roots. There are two forms of tooth extraction, including:
In a simple extraction, your dentist loosens and then removes the entire tooth by pulling it from the crown.
During a surgical extraction, your dentist removes a tooth that's either broken or buried beneath the gums. Surgical extractions require incisions in the gums. They're a bit more complicated because your dentist may need to extract the tooth in pieces.
Simple extractions are more common, although wisdom teeth frequently require surgical extraction.
When do I need a tooth extraction?
The San Ramon Dental Excellence team always strives to preserve your natural teeth when possible. However, in certain situations, a tooth extraction is the best choice. Some circumstances that can call for tooth extraction include:
- Irreparably broken tooth
- Severe tooth decay
- Extra teeth (preparing for braces)
- Painful or impacted wisdom teeth
If you need a tooth extraction, the team explains the situation and recommends an extraction protocol tailored for your needs.
What if I'm nervous about tooth extraction?
Many people experience dental anxiety, and the San Ramon Dental Excellence team understands what you're going through. That’s why they offer both oral sedation and nitrous oxide.
Both of these sedation options allow for total relaxation while you're still awake and able to communicate. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide both take effect quickly, and your dentist can tailor the sedation level for your specific needs.
An additional benefit of either oral sedation or nitrous oxide is that many people don't remember the procedure afterward. The effects wear off rapidly, and you'll usually be back to normal later that same day.
What should I do after a tooth extraction?
The San Ramon Dental Excellence team gives you specific aftercare instructions according to the type of extraction. In general, you’ll likely eat soft foods for the first day or two. The day after your extraction, you’ll typically use a salt water rinse, which encourages healing.
An ice pack, applied externally to your jaw, can minimize swelling and pain. The team may also recommend medication for any pain after a tooth extraction.
For a tooth extraction performed by specialists who care about your comfort, call San Ramon Dental Excellence or use online booking.
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