Get Help With Troublesome Teeth
Typically, tooth extractions are the last resort if something is wrong with your mouth. But if you have a seriously damaged tooth, or you have wisdom teeth that are growing improperly, extractions may be the best way to prevent further complications and keep your mouth healthy. Learn more about tooth extractions at Carmel Valley Dental below, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Lindsay Bancroft for more information.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Why would I need a tooth pulled?
There are a few different reasons that tooth extractions may be necessary in your case. The first and most common is because your wisdom teeth are not growing into your mouth properly. This final set of four molars grows in between the ages of 17-25.
Many people don’t have enough space in their mouths for them to erupt properly, which can cause serious oral health problems. Because of this, tooth extraction is usually the best way to keep your smile healthy when the wisdom teeth emerge.
Tooth extractions may also be used to remove a tooth that’s been severely damaged. For example, if a root canal fails to treat an infected tooth or your tooth has been seriously broken by an oral injury, it may be a better idea to extract it and replace it with a prosthetic tooth.
Finally, extractions are sometimes required to prepare for restorative treatments like dentures or dental implants, or to prepare for orthodontic treatment in some cases.
Does it hurt
To get a tooth extraction
No. The process of tooth extraction does not hurt at all. Your mouth will be completely numb to ensure your comfort at Carmel Valley Dental. We also offer sedation for tooth extractions if you want to ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure.
However, you will likely experience some discomfort after your treatment once your numbing and sedation wear off. Dr. Bancroft may prescribe a painkiller, which you should fill and take as directed. If not, you can take over-the-counter medication like naproxen or ibuprofen for your pain. Discomfort typically peaks and then begins to fade within 2-3 days.
Dr. Bancroft will also provide you with a set of instructions on how to clean your mouth, protect your extraction site, and recover quickly from your procedure. Follow these instructions closely to minimize pain and discomfort, and ensure a rapid recovery.
Should I replace
A missing tooth?
Unless you have had one or more wisdom teeth extracted, the answer is “yes.” Wisdom teeth don’t require replacement, but if you’re missing any of your other teeth after an extraction, you should definitely have the tooth replaced. Dental implants are usually the best option.
Get the help you need
From Carmel valley dental
At Carmel Valley Dental, Dr. Bancroft offers expert care in San Diego and the Carmel Valley area. If you have a troublesome tooth that may need to be pulled, Dr. Bancroft can provide you with a gentle, pain-free experience. Contact us online now, or give us a call at (858) 755-3780 to schedule your appointment and get started.