When a tooth just can’t be saved from decay or is crowding your mouth, an extraction may be necessary. At Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, do everything possible to save your tooth, but offer extractions when trauma or disease allows for no other option. If you have a bothersome tooth that may need an extraction, call today or use the online tool to make an appointment with the highly qualified dental team.
Teeth, especially your adult ones, are supposed to be permanent. Sometimes, however, injury, illness, decay, or genetics makes it so extraction is the best way to preserve the health and look of your smile.
Specific reasons you may need a tooth extracted include:
You may also need an extraction of a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or root.
Extractions may be simple or surgical, depending on the nature of your affected tooth. Extractions are performed while your mouth is numbed or, sometimes, while you’re under sedation.
A simple extraction is done on a tooth that’s intact and fully erupted from the gumline. During this procedure, your dentist loosens the targeted tooth using a tool called an elevator and coaxes it out using dental forceps.
If you have a problematic tooth that’s broken off at the gum line or is impacted, meaning it hasn’t erupted through the gums, you require a surgical extraction. During this type of extraction, your dentist makes an incision in the gumline to access the tooth.
The tooth may need to be broken up before extraction and surrounding bone removed if you have a deep infection.
For most healthy patients, the healing process after a tooth extraction takes 1-2 weeks. During this time, new gum tissue and bone grow into the space left by your missing tooth. Chewing and dental hygiene may be uncomfortable during this time.
The team gives you a thorough post-extraction care plan and specific instructions on how to care for the area affected by the extraction. Surgical extractions are more complex and may require extra care to avoid infection or complications.
If you have teeth that are in need of extraction, call Willow Glen Dental Care for assistance. The friendly staff will help you set up an appointment by phone or online.