Our experienced dentists may recommend a tooth extraction if your damaged tooth cannot be restored with a root canal, crown or other more conservative treatment. If this is the case for you, Dr. Jee Lee or Dr. Yong Kim will remove your tooth as gently as possible and work with you to help you heal and regain your smile.
What Is A Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. This is typically done for reasons such as severe decay, infection, crowding or trauma. The process involves numbing the area with local anesthesia, loosening the tooth using special tools and gently removing it. After extraction, a blood clot usually forms in the empty socket to aid in healing.
When Is Tooth Extraction Recommended?
Tooth extraction is recommended when a tooth is beyond repair due to extensive decay or infection. Additionally, if a tooth is causing crowding in the mouth or posing a risk to nearby teeth, extraction might be advised. Teeth that are fractured or impacted, as well as wisdom teeth causing pain or alignment issues, are also common candidates for extraction. Our dentists will thoroughly assess your condition and recommend extraction only if it is the best course of action.
After a tooth extraction, it is crucial to follow post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing. We recommend that you:
- Bite down on a gauze pad placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and aid in clot formation.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours and steer clear of strenuous activities.
- Stick to soft foods and lukewarm liquids, gradually reintroducing solid foods as you heal.
- Proper oral hygiene is essential, but be gentle around the extraction site.
- If you experience persistent pain, swelling or bleeding, contact our dentists and team.
We will provide you with detailed instructions at the time of your procedure.
Replacing Teeth After Tooth Extractions
Replacing an extracted tooth is vital to maintain oral health and functionality. Options include dental implants, bridges and dentures. Dental implants are a popular choice, as they provide a natural-looking, permanent solution. A bridge involves placing a false tooth between two crowns that are anchored to adjacent teeth. Dentures are removable replacements for multiple missing teeth. Our dentists will discuss the most suitable option based on your oral health, preferences and budget.
Make An Appointment
For more information about tooth extractions in Anaheim, California, or to set up an appointment with our dentists, contact Dental Group of Anaheim at 714-635-5500 today.