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Tooth Extractions in Elk Grove
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth in Elk Grove, Dr. Jeron Winslow will always do his best to save your tooth and repair it. But in some cases, extracting a tooth is the best way to provide you with relief from pain and discomfort, and prevent further complications. At The Grove Family Dental, we use the latest tools and techniques to gently extract troublesome teeth without pain or discomfort. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, or learn more below.
Types of extractions we offer
Basic & Wisdom Teeth Extractions
There are two primary types of extractions. Basic tooth extractions are used for teeth that have been severely damaged by gum disease, tooth decay, or oral trauma, and must be extracted and replaced.
Wisdom teeth extractions, on the other hand, are used to remove the wisdom teeth, which can often cause dental problems when they grow in. The wisdom teeth are our final set of 4 molars, and are a natural part of our mouths. They grow in later than our other teeth, typically between the ages of 17-25. However, most people do not have enough space to accommodate them, so they’re usually extracted by a dentist.
signs that you may need
A Tooth Extraction
If you have a severely damaged tooth, you may need a tooth extraction. A tooth that has a very deep or extensive infection, for example, may need to be pulled. Or, if your tooth is broken in half due to oral trauma, Dr. Winslow may recommend that you have it extracted and replaced. The best way to know if a tooth extraction is right for you is to schedule an appointment at our office.
There are also a few common signs that you may need your wisdom teeth to be extracted. If the rear of your mouth is sore and stiff and you’re experiencing jaw pain, this may indicate a problem with your wisdom teeth. Your rear teeth may also feel more sensitive or cause you pain. We recommend consulting with The Grove Family Dental to explore your options and determine if your wisdom teeth need to come out.
The Tooth extraction process
What to Expect
If the tooth is not impacted (not fully erupted), the extraction process is very simple. Dr. Winslow will simply clean and numb the treatment area, then use a special dental tool to wiggle the tooth in its socket and loosen it. Once the tooth has been loosened, he will pull it out with a set of dental forceps. Then, the treatment area will be cleaned and disinfected, and sutured shut.
For impacted teeth that have not fully erupted, the process is a bit different. An opening will be made in the gums where the tooth is located. Then, the tooth will be cut into pieces and extracted through this opening. Once the entire tooth structure has been removed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut.
Recovering From an extraction
Dr. Jeron Winslow will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to follow as you recover from your extraction. These will include steps like:
- Avoiding spitting or using a straw for 2-3 days to keep your blood clot intact
- Eating a diet of soft foods for up to a week
- Avoiding exercise and heavy exertion for several days after your appointment
- Cleaning the extraction site with a salt water rinse until it’s sufficiently healed and can be brushed normally
Make sure you follow all the instructions provided to you by The Grove Family Dental to speed up your recovery and avoid complications.