How And Why We Extract Teeth

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When a tooth cannot be treated with a crown, then removal could prevent the tooth from spreading infection and causing major complications. Our team can conduct a tooth extraction with comfort and precision, safeguarding your smile. In today’s blog, your Cerritos, CA, oral surgeon talks about the process of extracting teeth.  

The Reasons to Remove a Tooth Completely

When is a tooth beyond treatment? If an injury is severe, or a painful infection has reached an advanced state, then removing the tooth is vital for preventing the spread of infection to other parts of the smile. We could also take out teeth loosened by gum disease, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. Removal could also be important to make room for a full prosthetic, such as dental implant dentures. One major reason is to prevent the eruption of your wisdom teeth. These additional molars arrive in our late teens and early 20s, and the arrival of additional teeth could lead to a painful partial eruption known as impaction, misalignment, infection, and more. But extraction protects your smile from these issues!

How We Plan Your Treatment and Keep You Comfortable

Our team will take detailed digital images of your smile with advanced systems, so we can identify the exact position of your tooth and plan extraction to avoid nerve tissues, blood vessels, and sinus cavities. We also want your procedure to be a comfortable one, so we will administer a local anesthesia to the extraction site. With dental sedation, we can choose an option to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure at all. We want your oral surgery to be a comfortable experience, and we take steps to ensure it is, even if you have special needs or dental anxiety!

The Aftercare Process

Our team then gently removes the tooth with a pair of forceps, and will add medication and suture the area closed. A friend or family member can take you home, as you may be a bit groggy from sedation. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions for the next day or two, and prescriptions for medications if necessary. The sutures will be removed in a follow-up visit, and we suggest resting, avoiding straws, and eating soft foods. Be very gentle when you brush and floss and don’t prod the site with your tongue. We want a clot to form and not dislodge!

If you have any questions about how we plan and complete a tooth extraction, or if you have an aching or damaged tooth that needs attention, then contact our team today to learn more.


To schedule a consultation for restorative dental treatments with Cerritos Dental Surgery in California call 562-584-4082 today.