Also known as tooth extraction, getting a tooth pulled can prevent decay from spreading in your mouth and protect other teeth from damage and decay. Tyler Nelson, DDS, and the team at Ramona Dental Specialists are experts in comprehensive dental care, from regular tooth extractions to removing wisdom teeth. If you’re suffering from tooth pain or discomfort, call the office in Ramona, California, or request an appointment online today.
Your teeth, gums, and jaw work together to help your mouth function. If one or more teeth are severely damaged or decayed, it can put your overall oral health at risk. A common treatment of significantly damaged teeth is extraction.
Teeth might be damaged due to injury or decay. Periodontal disease can cause adult teeth to loosen, which often requires extraction. In some cases, teeth are crowded, and pulling one or more teeth makes room for orthodontic correction.
Ramona Dental Specialists understands that no one likes the thought of a tooth extraction. The compassionate team works with you to find the best treatment that helps prevent complications later on.
Wisdom teeth are the adult molars at the very back of your mouth on the top and bottom. These teeth normally emerge from your gums in your late teens or early 20s.
While some people have wisdom teeth that come in without any problems, others suffer from impacted wisdom teeth. A wisdom tooth becomes impacted when there isn’t enough space in the mouth for it to emerge without causing pain or disturbing your other teeth.
The dentist recommends wisdom tooth extraction to patients who have impacted wisdom teeth or who are at risk of wisdom tooth complications. Removing one or more wisdom teeth can be done with a regular extraction, or it might require oral surgery.
To determine if a tooth extraction is the best treatment, the dental team at Ramona Dental Specialists performs an oral exam that often includes X-rays. Your tooth extraction appointment is scheduled for a later date.
Be sure to follow the dentist’s guidelines for preparing for your tooth extraction. Some tooth extractions can be done under a local anesthetic, while others require a general anesthetic. If you’re going to be fully sedated, bring someone with you to your appointment to drive you home.
Simple tooth extractions require a local anesthetic. The dentist numbs the treatment area so you won’t feel any pain. Then, they loosen the tooth and remove it from your mouth with forceps.
Surgical extraction includes intravenous or general anesthesia. In a surgical extraction, your dentist makes an incision in your gum and could, if necessary, cut into your jawbone or tooth to remove it successfully.
The team will give you care instructions following your tooth extraction. You’ll probably need to avoid hard foods and limit your activity for a few days following your procedure. Be sure to go to all of your follow-up appointments.
When a tooth is damaged, decayed, or causing other issues, the best option to restore your oral health could be extraction. Turn to Ramona Dental Specialists for compassionate dental care and tooth extractions. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book one online today.