You may have seen movies or heard stories about the old days when a person with a toothache would supposedly tie a string around the tooth, attach the other end of the string to a doorknob, and then slam the door in order to pull out the bad tooth. Well, don’t worry, because those days are long gone. Nowadays, modern techniques are used to extract teeth that are nearly painless and can be done without the need for string, doorknobs, or a friend who can slam the door. Depending on the situation, a tooth extraction can usually be done in a dentist or oral surgeon’s office during a quick outpatient visit, and several types of anesthesia are usually offered so that you can be completely comfortable during the procedure. Recovery is simple, and your dentist can then recommend the appropriate post-extraction treatment and care.
Why a Tooth Extraction May Be Needed
There are several possible reasons why a tooth extraction may be needed. When a tooth has multiple fillings and/or has become so decayed that there is not much of it left, it probably needs to be removed. A tooth that is badly infected or that has formed an abscess may also have to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading into the bloodstream and causing problems that could be life-threatening. A tooth extraction may also be needed when the teeth are improperly crowded together, creating problems with the bite or preventing other teeth from growing in. In any of these cases, an experienced dentist or oral surgeon can greatly improve your oral health by removing a tooth that is causing the spread of bacteria or the misalignment of all the other teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
The complexity of the tooth extraction procedure can vary according to the patient’s unique situation. If a tooth is impacted or very badly infected, the extraction may be a surgical procedure that requires intravenous sedation and anesthesia or general anesthesia. In that case, you will be unconscious during the procedure, and the dentist or surgeon will make a surgical incision. If the tooth is not impacted and simply needs to be removed, this can often be done with a simple local anesthetic like Novocain. The dentist will then use an instrument to loosen the tooth and will pull it out with forceps. You will be awake during the procedure and can get a good look at your extracted tooth after the dentist removes it!
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Tooth Extraction Dentist Today
If you have a badly decayed or infected tooth that needs extraction, call to schedule an appointment with a California tooth extraction dentist today. The experienced professionals at the iSmile Dental Spa will evaluate your problematic tooth and determine the most effective way to perform the extraction. We will discuss anesthesia with you and help you to choose the type that you are most comfortable with. Our dental staff will also help you follow up with the appropriate post extraction treatment and care. We serve Carmichael, Arden-Arcade, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, North Highlands and surrounding communities. Check out our website at ismiledentalspa.com or give us a call at 916-979-7122 and let us plan your tooth extraction today.