At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, we provide a full range of restorative dentistry treatments. However, in some cases, teeth may simply be beyond repair. For this reason, we offer simple and complex dental extractions at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. We also perform wisdom tooth extractions, including surgical removal of impacted teeth. By eliminating these extra molars, we can create more room in your mouth, preventing dental misalignment and other serious problems. Our team uses very gentle methods, and several types of sedation are available. Therefore, your treatment should involve minimal discomfort.
Do You Require Extraction?
There are various reasons that your dentist might recommend tooth extraction. Common reasons for tooth removal include:
- You have a tooth with such severe decay that it is impossible to restore
- Your tooth has a large crack that extends all the way to the root
- Your tooth is so gravely weakened that a crown will not provide sufficient support
- Due to gum disease, the bone surrounding your tooth has receded significantly
- Your infected tooth does not respond to root canal therapy
- You or your child has severe dental crowding
Do You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom tooth extractions are one of the most common types of tooth removal. These molars usually come in during the late teens or early twenties, and, unfortunately, most people do not have enough room for them. Therefore, as they erupt, wisdom teeth may cause severe crowding. Alternatively, they may become impacted, which happens when a tooth remains trapped by gum or bone tissue.
Our dentists will never recommend extraction unless it is absolutely necessary. Your practitioner will take x-rays and other images of your mouth to determine whether tooth removal is appropriate for you.
What to Expect during Tooth Extraction
Before extraction, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. In some cases, he or she may also provide IV sedation, particularly if you are going to undergo surgical extraction of an impacted tooth. The actual procedure will vary, primarily depending on the position of your tooth. If your dentist needs to remove a damaged tooth or a wisdom tooth that has come in normally, extraction will be fairly straightforward. Your practitioner will simply loosen the tooth in the socket before carefully lifting it out. On the other hand, if you have an impacted tooth or one that is coming in at a severe angle, your dentist may take one of several approaches. In some cases, he or she may need to remove some gum or bone tissue to expose the impacted tooth. In other situations, your practitioner may take the tooth out in several pieces. Even in these more complex cases, however, your extraction will involve minimal discomfort.
Caring for Your Smile after Extraction
After tooth removal, you may experience some sensitivity and inflammation. Nevertheless, discomfort should fade quickly. In the meantime, you can use mild pain medication to ease inflammation. In addition, you may want to eat a soft diet for a few days, and you should avoid spicy and very crunchy foods. You should also be sure to keep the extraction site clean by rinsing your mouth out several times a day. Be careful when brushing to avoid irritating the sensitive area.
If you had one or more damaged teeth removed, your dentist will recommend an appropriate restoration. We offer several types of prosthetics, including dentures, bridges, and dental implants. The right type of restoration for you will depend on your health, budget, and several other factors.
Contact Us for Additional Information
To find out if you need extraction and to learn about our minimal discomfort techniques, contact our office today.