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Tooth Extractions Tustin and Santa Ana
An extraction is a procedure where a tooth is removed from the jawbone. In times past, extractions were common in cases of infection or damage. Advances in dental hygiene and dental technology mean that people now take better care of their teeth, making extractions rare.
Nevertheless, there are situations — such as orthodontic work or impacted wisdom teeth — that may require extractions for optimal results and better oral health.
People that have been told they need tooth extractions in Tustin or Santa Ana trust the LifeTime Smiles of OC team for gentle, compassionate care. Our dentists are committed to making the extraction process as straightforward, safe and comfortable as possible.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
You may need a tooth extraction if you have any of the following:
- Impacted teeth that do not have enough room to grow into the mouth
- Crowded teeth
- Extensively damaged or decayed teeth
- Infected tooth that cannot be saved with a root canal
If you have been told you need an extraction, rest assured that you will be well cared for every step of the way by our talented team. We use special techniques and technology to optimize the entire experience.
The Extraction Procedure
There are two different types of extraction procedures. One is simple, and the other is surgical. In some cases, a simple extraction may lead to a surgical one.
A simple extraction involves pulling the tooth directly out of the socket without any broken pieces, fractures or other complications.
A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth has fractured under the gum line or is impacted and unable to erupt properly into the mouth. In this case, the dentist will need to open up the gums to complete the procedure. Thus, the healing period will be more extensive.
Before tooth extraction in Santa Ana or Tustin begins, our dentists will thoroughly numb the nerve and the area around the tooth. A surgical extraction may require the patient to go under general anesthesia.
After a simple extraction, the patient can go home; however, a surgical extraction requires a period of observation afterward.
Healing after a Tooth Extraction
After an extraction, the patient will experience bleeding and pain. The bleeding usually stops within a few hours, but pain may continue for several days. Discomfort can be reduced through the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. The patient should not touch or manipulate the extraction site in any way. A soft diet is recommended for the first 24 hours, and a saltwater rinse may be used starting on the second day. The rinse will reduce bacteria and help the gum to heal. The regular oral health routine may be resumed after one week if the patient is comfortable with it.
Learn More about Tooth Extractions
While extractions are sometimes necessary, patients should try everything they can to save their teeth. Scheduling a consultation with a dentist will allow a patient to consider all available options and choose the correct procedure for their needs.
To discuss tooth extractions in Tustin or Santa Ana with our team, call LifeTime Smiles of OC today to book a consultation.