An extraction is the removal of a damaged or diseased tooth. Sometimes, removing the tooth is a better option than performing a root canal, especially when the latter cannot save the tooth. In these cases, we recommend extraction and replacement with a dental implant. The implant acts as the root of a new tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
We may recommend extracting a tooth if:
Before removing a tooth, we’ll take an X-ray to determine the best way to remove the tooth. Removing the tooth is a simple procedure that can generally be completed in less than an hour. Following the removal, we’ll discuss options for replacing the missing tooth. The most common options include dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. Depending on how many teeth are missing in the smile, we may recommend replacing more than one tooth at a time.
Dr. Gonzalez will gently numb the area surrounding your tooth to prevent pain. Once removed, Dr. Gonzalez will often place a bone graft to decrease inflammation and pain and significantly reduce the risk of dry sockets. We will administer local anesthesia before beginning the procedure, but if you experience any pain during the procedure, let Dr. Gonzalez know immediately so that they can take any necessary measures to relieve your pain.
After your extraction is complete, you’ll need to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes to limit any bleeding that may occur. You should avoid smoking for at least seven days. You should also avoid eating for at least an hour after your procedure and avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours in order to help keep the blood clot that forms in your socket in place. Placing ice after a surgical procedure can reduce inflammation and post-op sensitivity. If your bleeding doesn’t stop after 30 minutes, call Dr. Gonzalez for a follow-up appointment, as prolonged bleeding can cause complications in the healing process. While your mouth will be sore after your procedure, you can take over-the-counter pain medications as needed to manage discomfort. Discomfort should improve after a few days. However, if you’re still experiencing pain and/or bleeding after a few days, contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss additional treatment options.
Get in touch with Darren Gonzalez, DDS, at 1515 Montgomery Drive Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, or call (707) 542-1532 for the best dental care tailored to your unique needs.
1515 Montgomery Drive Ste B,
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
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Phone: (707) 542-1532