Treat Troublesome Teeth
tooth Extractions in San Jose
We will always do our best to save your damaged tooth, but there are some situations where the extraction and replacement of a particular tooth may be the best option. In these cases, Dr. Tuan of AT Dental Care offers gentle extractions with numbing and sedation. We will ensure you feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire process. If you are located in San Jose, schedule your consultation today.
Removing Damaged Teeth
Basic tooth Extractions
An extraction is usually required if a particular tooth is too badly damaged to be saved with an alternative treatment like a filling, crown or root canal. Extensive damage often occurs as the result of an oral injury, tooth decay, or even gum disease. During a basic extraction, your mouth will be numbed and cleaned. Then, Dr. Tuan will use a dental elevator to begin loosening the tooth in its socket. Once the tooth has been sufficiently loosened, Dr. Tuan will use dental forceps to extract the tooth from your mouth. The area will then be cleaned and sutured shut.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are the final set of four molars, which usually erupt from the ages of 17-25. They are a natural part of our mouths, but often do not grow into the mouth properly. If there is not enough space for your wisdom teeth, they could cause your other teeth to shift, cause orthodontic problems, or they may even fail to emerge completely and become “impacted.”
Because of this, many patients choose to remove their wisdom teeth when they begin to erupt. Removing the wisdom teeth can help prevent further pain and dental complications. However, this is not always required, so we recommend consulting with Dr. Tuan to see if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth have not fully erupted, they may need to be extracted surgically. This treatment involves the opening of a small hole in the gums near the impacted tooth. Then, the tooth is cut into small pieces using special dental tools, and removed. Once the entire tooth has been extracted, the area will be disinfected and carefully sutured shut.
Healing & Aftercare
It’s very important to care for your mouth properly after extraction to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms in the socket where your tooth used to be. It is important to avoid spitting vigorously, using straws, or smoking. If the blood clot is dislodged, a condition called “dry socket” will occur, which can interfere with healing, cause pain, and lead to further complications.
Dr. Tuan will give you a comprehensive set of post-care instructions. You’ll need to eat soft foods, rinse the treatment area, and take other steps to ensure you recover properly, so follow these instructions carefully.