If your wisdom teeth are growing in improperly, or you think that one of your teeth may need to be extracted due to damage from an oral injury, tooth decay, or gum disease, contact Carmel Mountain Dental Care right away so Dr. Lee or Dr. Moeckel can help you get out of pain.
Painful Wisdom Teeth
Severe Decay or Infection
Preparation for Dentures
At Carmel Mountain Dental Care, our goal is to preserve your natural tooth. However, sometimes teeth need to be removed to maintain the health of your surrounding teeth or overall oral health. Let's dive into the most common reasons for tooth removal to get a better sense of your potential extraction needs.
By far the most common reason for extraction, wisdom tooth removal is fairly commonplace and usually occurs soon after eruption in the late teens or early twenties.
Sometimes when teeth are severely decayed or infected, a root canal is not effective. In these cases, it may be best to extract the tooth to prevent damage to surrounding teeth.
If full dentures are recommended to a patient, they will need to have any remaining teeth extracted in preparation for receiving their denture.
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Preserving your natural teeth is always our primary goal at Carmel Mountain Dental Care. However, in some cases, extracting a damaged or decayed tooth may be the best option for your oral health. While tooth extractions may seem intimidating, our team takes a compassionate, friendly approach and uses the latest tools and techniques to make the process easy for you. We even offer sedation to help patients relax during treatment.
Your doctor will examine your mouth during your consultation to help you understand your options for extracting and replacing your tooth. With our dedication to informative, patient-focused care, you’ll get all of the information you need to make the right decision about your tooth extraction in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Carmel Valley. Give us a call now at (858) 484-4880 to get started, or come by our office at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92129.
Tooth extractions can seem intimidating, but we're here to help you understand the extraction process so you can be prepared for your treatment. Read our frequently asked questions about extractions, or call us anytime.
The most common reason that a patient may need an extraction is the improper growth of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars), usually erupt during a patient’s late teens or early twenties, and most of us do not have enough space in our mouths to accommodate them. For this reason, wisdom teeth can cause pain, discomfort, and even oral infections.
Tooth extraction may also be required if a tooth is too severely damaged to be treated with root canal therapy due to an injury, uncontrolled tooth decay or periodontal disease.
The process of tooth extraction begins with one of our dentists cleaning your mouth and numbing the area of your teeth and gums that will be treated. This is to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort. You can also choose to be sedated during this procedure if desired.
Your dentist will then gently loosen your tooth and use specialized dental tools to pull it out. When the tooth has been removed, the extraction site will be cleaned, disinfected, and sutured shut. The process typically only takes about 5 minutes per tooth.
You may experience slight pain, discomfort, and bleeding for a few days after the procedure. Typically, you will be given pain medication to help you feel more comfortable as you heal. It’s important to rest for about 24 hours following your procedure, and you should avoid any strenuous activity.
In addition, avoid using straws or rinsing your mouth too vigorously. Eat only soft foods for several days following your procedure. You can brush and floss normally, but avoid the extraction site. Your doctor will send you home with detailed care instructions after your extraction, but don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions as you heal!
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