No one wants to have a tooth removed, but in some cases, it is necessary. Severe decay, impact damage and disease can lead to the need for a tooth extraction. Other times, a tooth forms incorrectly and may pose a risk to your oral health. This is often the case with wisdom teeth. Whatever the reason for a tooth extraction, our team at Paul Jang Dentistry is here to ensure this general dentistry procedure goes smoothly and with as little discomfort for our patients as possible.
There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction.
The most common cause of tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth – particularly wisdom teeth. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and teeth that are severely malformed. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tooth extraction?
Whenever possible, we try to save a tooth from extraction. Root canals and other procedures can save teeth that in the past would have been removed. However, the only way to know if you need a tooth extraction is to come in for an exam. Our dentist will thoroughly examine the problem tooth and make a recommendation for treatment or extraction.
What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?
Most tooth extractions are routine procedures that can be quickly performed using local anesthesia. Our dental team will explain the procedure to you, so you know exactly what to expect before you come in for your oral surgery. If more than one tooth is being removed or if there are complicating factors, sedation may be needed to help you relax during the extraction process.
What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?
After your tooth extraction, you will have some discomfort that can be managed with pain medication once the anesthesia wears off. We will give you detailed instructions on how to care for the surgical site. You should keep the area clean and undisturbed while it heals. It is important not to smoke or suck through a straw while the socket is healing.
At Paul Jang Dentistry, we understand that tooth extractions can be stressful for our patients. Our compassionate team wants to make the procedure as stress-free as possible for you. We offer a calm, comfortable experience for our patients who need a tooth removed and the best care available in the Moorpark area. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.