When a tooth sustains major damage, or develops an infection too advanced for a root canal, then oral surgery could be necessary to protect your smile from major complications. Our team can comfortably and gently extract teeth to protect the smile as a whole. In today’s blog, your Cerritos, CA, dentist talks about our approach to tooth extraction.
When Does a Tooth Require Extraction?
When a tooth is too broken or fractured to be treated with a root canal or crown, or severely decayed or infected beyond the placement of a restoration, then removal could prevent the spread of infection to the parts of the smile. We could also remove teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment, or to help improve overall bite balance and chewing function. If you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt, we could remove them before they become impacted. Our team could also extract teeth to make room for prosthetics, such as bridges or dentures. When possible, we strive to save a tooth with a restoration, but if this isn’t possible, extraction could protect your smile from major complications!
Ensuring Your Comfort
We want to make sure that you’re comfortable when you undergo treatment. To begin, our team will administer a numbing agent to the area where the extraction is taking place. We could also offer sedation so you enter a calm and relaxed state. Not only is this helpful for those with more extensive treatment, but this helps calm people with anxiety or special needs, so they enjoy a positive treatment experience.
Removing Your Tooth
With digital x-rays images, we can pinpoint the position of the tooth being removed with precision, and extract it without coming into contact with blood vessels, nerve tissues, or sinus cavities. We gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps and then suture the area closed. In some cases, this could take as little as 30 minutes. Since the sedation takes time to wear off, you need a friend or family member to take you home afterward. We will provide instruction for aftercare and prescriptions for any necessary medication. We can remove sutures in a follow-up visit. You should rest for the first 24 hours and avoid solid foods, eating soft items and being very gentle when brushing and flossing.
If you have any questions about how we conduct a dental extraction with precision and comfort, or about the situations that call for tooth removal, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help you enjoy better oral health!
TALK TO YOUR CERRITOS, CA, DENTIST ABOUT ORAL SURGERY
We want to help you maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile. If you want to learn more about our approach to oral surgery, then call your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office at (562)584-4082.