Getting a tooth pulled is not something anyone really wants to think about, but sometimes it is necessary. San Pablo dentists will, of course, do everything possible to save a tooth before pulling it. But there are instances when a tooth extraction is necessary. Sometimes, it’s the best option for helping you preserve your oral and overall health.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions

You’ve probably heard of someone who had to have their wisdom teeth removed. This is a very common reason for tooth extraction. When there isn’t enough room at the back of the mouth, the wisdom teeth cannot emerge as they should. Oftentimes, they become impacted or infected. It’s often the best option to pull them. Another common reason for pulling teeth is to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatments like braces. Removing one or more teeth allows room for the teeth to be adjusted into proper alignment.

Sometimes, a tooth becomes damaged by accident, a sports injury, or a fall. When a tooth is too damaged to repair, then it may need to be extracted. If a tooth becomes abscessed, it’s not always visible right away. If the infection becomes too bad, or if the tooth becomes decayed beyond repair, it will be extracted. When you have to have a tooth pulled Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee can also provide a tooth replacement such as a bridge or a partial denture.

Types of Tooth Extractions

There are basically two methods used by dentists to pull a tooth. A simple extraction or a surgical procedure can be used to remove one or more teeth. Here are some things to expect from either method.

A Simple Tooth Extraction

If the tooth can be seen inside the mouth, a simple tooth extraction can be used. This is often the method to remove teeth before orthodontic treatments, or for removing a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. A general dentist can extract a tooth. They will administer local anesthesia to deaden the area before they begin. This will keep you from feeling pain during the procedure. You may be given anti-anxiety medication if you suffer from dental anxiety. After the procedure, taking over-the-counter medications are usually sufficient for managing any pain or discomfort you may feel.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

If you have to have wisdom teeth removed, or if a tooth has broken off and cannot be seen, a surgical procedure is necessary. Oral surgeons usually perform surgical tooth extractions. The patient is given general anesthesia before having the surgery. Sometimes, people who have special medical concerns or conditions are administered general anesthesia before pulling teeth. Once the procedure has been completed, the dentist may write you a prescription for medication to help with pain management.

What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction

No matter what method is used to extract the tooth or teeth, the dentist will give you specific instructions for your care. It’s important that you follow these instructions closely. Following them will ensure your oral and overall health. They will probably include some things like:

  • Soft Food Diet. You will most likely need to stick to just liquids until the anesthesia wears off completely. After that, you will probably be limited to consuming soft foods for a few days. Your dentist will give you more detailed instructions
  • Oral Care. Immediately following the procedure, you won’t want to brush the teeth directly adjacent to the area where the tooth was removed. You can brush the rest of your teeth though. Usually, after two days, the dentist will recommend you return to your regular oral care regimen.

Contact Your San Pablo Dental Team

If you have any problems with a tooth or are concerned about tooth pain, please contact the San Pablo Dental care team. We will be happy to answer any questions. Schedule an exam today!

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