Tooth Extractions in Folsom, California
Even with the best possible dental hygiene, you may find that you have a tooth that is simply beyond repair. When that happens, we at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry may recommend tooth extraction – a procedure that removes the tooth from the mouth safely, before it leads to any additional discomforts.
Tooth extraction is always a last resort. There are many different procedures designed to save a tooth, even when it has experienced severe decay or damage. But if it appears that the tooth cannot be saved, tooth extraction ensures that the tooth is removed in a way that won’t lead to pain, infection, or any problems with how you chew or bite.
When Do I Need a Tooth Extracted?
The only way to know if you need a tooth extraction is to have you come in for an office. Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton will take a look at all of your teeth, gums, and roots, and determine if a tooth extraction makes sense for you. Usually, the only reason to have a tooth extraction is because the tooth:
- Is Severely Decayed – If your teeth have experienced advanced periodontal disease, it may be a good idea to remove the tooth.
- Is Broken/Damaged – If your tooth has experienced some type of damage due to injury, the tooth may need to be removed.
There are select situations where a tooth extraction may be necessary for other reasons. For example, some people that have severely crowded teeth may remove a tooth before an orthodontic treatment, like braces, to ensure a better outcome. But these decisions are usually discussed between you, your dentist, and your orthodontist beforehand.
What is the Tooth Extraction Process Like?
Depending on the type of damage, the tooth extraction process generally involves numbing the entire area with a very powerful numbing agent. The numbing agent will prevent you from feeling any pain, but you will be able to feel pressure when the tooth extraction occurs. Then, the tooth is grabbed in a clasp, and wiggled until it comes out.
Once the tooth is extracted, your dentist will place a clotting agent that creates a safe blood clot in the area the tooth was removed. You’ll then be instructed on how to care for the tooth to prevent the clot from coming loose.
What Happens After a Tooth is Removed?
Once your tooth is removed, you’ll be given a variety of instructions for how to care for it, including what pain killers you can safely take, what to do if the clot comes out, and how to make sure the clot stays in places so that your tooth can heal correctly.
In addition, you and your dentist will discuss replacement options. In most cases, it is a good idea to consider replacing the tooth with a fake tooth in order to make sure your bite continues to function correctly.
For More Information, Contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today
Tooth extractions in Folsom will always be a last resort, which is why it is important to first talk to our dentists and see if there are any other solutions that may make more sense. If you do need an extraction, Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton are more than happy to provide you with next steps. Please feel free and call us today at Folsom Office Phone Number 916-983-6051 for an evaluation.