There are a few reasons that you may need a tooth extraction. For example, teeth which have been damaged by oral trauma and are cracked or damaged beyond repair may need to be extracted.
Tooth decay and infection is another common reason that teeth may need to be extracted. If you do not get treatment for an infected tooth, we may not be able to save it with a root canal. Signs that your tooth may be infected include a serious toothache, discoloration of the tooth, and pain and inflammation around the affected tooth.
Untreated gum disease may also damage your teeth, and require one or more of your teeth to be extracted. If your teeth are loose or shifting in your mouth, they may need to be extracted and replaced.
Finally, tooth extraction may be required for wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth grow in between the ages of 17-25, and often do not erupt properly. This is called “impaction.” If the wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt, they usually must be extracted. This is because impacted wisdom teeth can cause issues like oral pain, swelling, and a high risk of infection.
The tooth extraction process at Origin Dental is quick and easy and takes only about 5 minutes per tooth. To begin the procedure, Dr. Victor Tran will clean your teeth and numb your mouth. You can also be sedated if you wish.
Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Tran will use a special tool called a “dental elevator” to loosen the tooth in the socket. Once it’s sufficiently loose, he will grab the tooth by the root with dental forceps, and pull it out of the socket. Next, he will clean the area and suture it shut. This process will be repeated for any additional teeth which require extraction.
No. Your mouth will be numbed during the process, and we also offer sedation to all of our patients in La Jolla, San Diego, and UTC. You won’t feel a thing during the tooth extraction process and will be completely comfortable.
It usually takes about two weeks to fully recover from the extraction process. You may feel some pain and discomfort for the first few days after your treatment, and this may last for up to a week.
To recover properly, you must follow Dr. Tran’s instructions. He will provide you with a comprehensive set of post-operative instructions, which you must follow to keep your mouth healthy and prevent complications during recovery.