When you have suffered damage, fracture or decay to a tooth, your Gage Dental Care dentist will work with you to try to repair the damage. But when a filling, crown or other treatment will not work to reliably repair your tooth, it may need to be permanently removed. This is called an extraction.
Why are tooth extractions necessary?
When you are scheduled for tooth extractions at Gage Dental Care, you can relax in knowing that you are in the hands of one of the most trusted dentists in Bell CA. There are two types of tooth extractions performed when a tooth is broken, decayed or otherwise irreparably damaged. Those two methods include:
- Simple extraction: Removal of a tooth that is still visible. Your Gage Dental Care dentist will loosen the tooth with an elevator instrument and use forceps to extract it.
- Surgical extraction: A more complex procedure than simple extraction, this is the removal of a tooth no longer visible beyond the gum line. The tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not fully grown into the mouth. To perform this procedure, your Gage Dental Care dentist will make a small incision in your gum, from which your broken or impacted tooth will be surgically removed. This is how wisdom teeth are extracted.
Extractions are a final solution for teeth that cannot be repaired through other means. Some broken or damaged teeth can be fixed using fillings, crowns, bone graft replacement surgery or other means. There are other reasons why tooth extractions are the right treatment solution, such as:
- Due to presence of extra teeth that disrupt the bite or block other teeth from emerging as they should
- To remove baby teeth that do not fall out before permanent teeth start coming in
- To create room for teeth being moved into place by braces
- When radiation to the head or neck will affect teeth in the path of the radiation
- Due to infection in teeth caused by cancer drugs that weakened the immune system
- To prevent infection after organ transplant when immunity suppressive drugs are used
- For removal of third molars known as wisdom teeth that often come in during early adulthood, as these teeth often become impacted and cause pain and swelling
- Before treatment with IV drugs known as bisphosphonates to treat medical conditions, as tooth extractions after this treatment can be more dangerous for the jaw bone
To prepare for your tooth extractions, your Gage Dental Care dentist will take an X-ray of your teeth to determine how they will be best removed. Your dentist will likely ask about your medical and dental history or will refer to your patient records. If you are asked to provide a list of current medications before tooth extractions, you should list all drugs you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.
When wisdom teeth will be removed, your Gage Dental Care dentist will use panoramic X-rays to see images of all of your teeth at once. This can help guide the extractions by showing:
- Where your wisdom teeth are in relation to other teeth
- Where your upper teeth are in relation to sinuses
- How your lower teeth are positioned in relation to the inferior alveolar nerve in the jawbone
- To see infections, tumors or bone disease that may exist
For your tooth extractions, you should be in good health when the extraction is to be performed. You should let the dentist know if you have a cough, nasal congestion or cold before or at the time of your scheduled surgery. If you are suffering from vomiting and nausea the night before your extractions are to be performed, you should call Gage Dental Care first thing in the morning to discuss your condition and possibly reschedule the extractions.
You should never smoke before having teeth extracted or prior to any other surgical procedure. This can lead to dry socket, a painful problem after removal of the tooth. You should also ensure there is someone available to drive you home after your teeth extraction. They may need to remain with you at home to help you follow your post-extractions instructions and to keep you comfortable.
Most simple extractions will only involve local anesthesia. You may also receive medication to help you relax for the procedure. If you are having a surgical extraction, your dentist of Gage Dental Care in Bell CA may provide local anesthesia as well as intravenous anesthesia. Some patients need general anesthesia, such as those with specific medical conditions or young patients.
Most tooth extractions do not cause patients to feel pain. Pressure is generally the sensation that you will feel. If you feel pain or pinching sensations, you should tell the dentist so they can determine how to keep you more comfortable during your extractions.
Why Gage Dental Care in Bell CA for your tooth extractions?
By visiting Gage Dental Care for your tooth extractions, you are benefitting from the vast experience and skill of Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai. Together, these highly esteemed dentists form a dental health team that provides a full spectrum of dental treatment with professionalism and compassion. Many people fear tooth extractions. But you do not have to worry, as your Gage Dental Care practitioners will keep you comfortable, safe and smiling again soon after your treatment.
Come In for Your Tooth Extractions and Other Dental Care Needs
When it comes to tooth extractions or any of your dental care needs, Gage Dental Care is ready to provide the services you need comfortably and affordably. You can likely use your dental insurance for your treatments and can have your benefits verified before procedures are performed. You will be able to know what you will be responsible for on your own, as well as what insurance will cover. To pay for treatment beyond insurance provisions, you can use credit cards, cash or one of several dental financing options. Gage Dental Care offers interest-free financing for qualified patients and can help guide you to other financing organizations as alternatives. Everyone at Gage Dental Care will work together with you to ensure your best dental health and most vibrant smile are as affordable as possible.