Service - Extractions

tooth extractions santa cruzIt's an unfortunate fact of life, but most people at some point during their lifetime will lose a tooth.  The most common causes of tooth loss are decay, gum disease, and trauma.  As we age, teeth become more susceptible to fracture during normal function, such as chewing, particularly in individuals with large fillings and those who brux (grind) at night.  Our goal as dental professionals is to repair and retain your natural teeth if at all possible.  However, sometimes is becomes necessary to remove a tooth.  We will discuss with the patient in detail our findings with the aid of digital xrays, intraoral photos, pulp vitality tests and other diagnostic tools.  All tooth replacement options (implant, bridge, removable partial denture) will be discussed prior to extracting the tooth.  Of course, if there are other options other than an extraction to save your tooth then we will discuss these with you prior to beginning any procedure as well.  We want to make sure that you are fully informed and educated so you can make the appropriate decision regarding your oral health.  

If you are anxious or apprehensive about having a tooth removed or any other dental procedure, we can also discuss the use of sedation or other anxiety-reducing techniques to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.  We have three options, from light inhalational (Nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas") sedation, to oral sedation, to IV conscious sedation.  No matter which level of sedation you chose, we will profoundly numb the area to lessen any discomfort.  Please visit our page regarding sedation or call us for more information.  


After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow.  Below is a short list of things to expect.  Please don't hesitate to call our office any time should you have any questions or concerns.  

- In most cases a small amount of bleeding and/or swelling is normal

- Do not smoke, as this decreases blood flow to the tissues and will delay healing

- Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for one week; gentle rinsing 3 times daily with warm salt water is advised

- Slight swelling can be expected, apply a cold cloth or ice bag to the area on the outside of your mouth

- Take pain medication, both over-the-counter and prescribed, as directed

- Take antibiotics, if prescribed, as directed

- Brush and floss your other teeth as normal, just be careful around the surgical site

- If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our office at any time