Considering tooth extraction in Sacramento? The dentists at Natomas Crossing Dental Care have years of experience in tooth removal. While permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, a dental extraction may be recommended for several reasons. If you need a tooth extraction in Sacramento, contact us for a consultation. We’ll make sure you get the best treatment possible.
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Why might I need a tooth pulled?
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth, including:
- If a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out, the tooth must be removed to make room for the permanent tooth to erupt
- When a tooth has so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, the tooth is removed and replaced with a bridge or implant
- Infection in a tooth or several teeth
- Orthodontic correction that may require removal of a tooth or several teeth to provide room for the improved teeth alignment
- Problems with wisdom teeth, such as impaction
What are the advantages to having a tooth pulled?
While tooth extraction may seem like a dramatic step, there are some benefits to it. For example, if you have more teeth than your jaw can comfortably fit, extracting one or more teeth can help align the remaining teeth. If your child has baby teeth that are obstructing permanent teeth from coming in, extracting the baby teeth can alleviate the need for orthodontia. Wisdom tooth extraction before their roots are fully formed can prevent impaction, which can damage surrounding teeth and gums.
What is the tooth removal procedure?
When it is determined that you need to have a tooth pulled, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a tooth socket, and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. To extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
What I can expect after the dental extraction?
Following a tooth removal procedure or wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will provide detailed instructions for caring for the extraction site. Mild discomfort and swelling are common. To ease pain and reduce inflammation, take over-the-counter medication as directed by your dentist and apply ice to the affected area.
After the procedure, it is important to keep the blood clot intact and in place. Avoid using straws, brushing teeth vigorously and excessive rinsing. You should also drink plenty of water, eat soft foods and postpone any physical activity on the day of the extraction.
Most people report a quick recovery and can resume a normal routine within a few days. However, contact your dentist immediately if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain or persistent swelling — these symptoms may necessitate a follow-up visit.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with the functioning of your jaw joint. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth. We discuss replacement options with you so can make an informed decision.
Whether you’re considering wisdom teeth removal, or have other questions about tooth extraction in Sacramento, contact our office.
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