Tooth Extraction Cerritos CA

Tooth Extraction

TOOTH EXTRACTION IN CERRITOS, CA

Ouch! Sometimes, nothing is worse than severe tooth pain! And while we do our best at Dentist of Cerritos to save teeth if possible, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. From impacted teeth to wisdom teeth extraction, we can help with our modern technology and extraction techniques.

WHAT IS A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

A tooth extraction is the process of safely removing a tooth. If the tooth is not impacted, we can often remove it relatively quickly with a pair of forceps. However, in some cases, such as an impacted tooth, a dental surgical process is needed to clear away tissue so the tooth can be removed. At Dentist of Cerritos, we handle all kinds of exactions from basic extractions to surgical extractions, including wisdom teeth and impacted teeth.

WHY ARE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS PERFORMED?

Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons. The tooth simply might be “too far gone” (too damaged or infected), and it’s best to replace it. However, sometimes we remove healthy teeth. We might need to do this to make room for other teeth to come in properly. This is often the case with wisdom teeth, which can crowd the rest of the teeth even if they come in without problems.

WHAT ARE IMPACTED TEETH?

Impacted teeth are teeth that never fully erupt. They stay below the gumline in the jaw. Sometimes this causes no problems, but other times, these impacted teeth can crowd other teeth or cause pain. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted. Impacted teeth aren’t always extracted. If it’s possible to help them come out, we might choose that route, especially for teeth in the front.

Tooth Extraction in Cerritos CA
 Tooth Extraction Cerritos CA

WHAT ARE BASIC TEETH EXTRACTIONS?

A basic tooth extraction can be performed on a tooth that is not impacted either fully or partially. All we need to do in these cases is numb the area and then use forceps to pull the tooth out. Self-dissolving sutures are put into place to help the wound heal.

WHAT ARE SURGICAL EXTRACTIONS?

Surgical extractions are performed on impacted teeth, because special care needs to be taken to open up and remove some surrounding tissue in order to take the tooth out. Surgical extractions might also be necessary in cases of severe decay, infection, or fracture. Appropriate anesthesia will be used to make sure the patient is comfortable and pain-free.

DO TOOTH EXTRACTIONS HURT?

Tooth extractions may sound scary, but using our modern technologies and sedation options, they are relatively painless. Our skilled staff will work to make you feel at ease during the process, and we will check in with you to make sure that you are comfortable. If anything, you are more likely to feel a little pain and soreness after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PROCESS AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION?

After the tooth has been removed, self-dissolving sutures are placed at the point of extraction and gauze is applied to prevent bleeding. We will provide specific instructions to you on caring for your extraction. You may also need to take antibiotics to avoid infection, so be sure to take all medicine as prescribed.

You will probably feel some pain and discomfort, and perhaps some swelling. Take over-the-counter pain medication for this. It should subside after a few days. The extraction wound should start to form granulation material that protects the area in a week or so. We will want to follow up with you in about two weeks to check your progress. It may take a few weeks for full recovery.

Most patients recover just fine, but be sure to contact us at Dentist of Cerritos right away if you notice any excess bleeding or pain.

Tooth Extractions Cerritos CA

HOW CAN I REPLACE AN EXTRACTED TOOTH?

If you are worried that you’ll end up with a hole in your mouth where your tooth was, don’t worry. We offer a number of options for replacing extracted teeth. These include dental implants, bridges, and dentures.

HOW MUCH DO TOOTH EXTRACTIONS COST?

The price for a tooth extraction can run between $75 and $300 or more. How much depends on the type of extraction needed and whether sedation was required. In some cases, your dental insurance may cover a portion or all of the procedure costs. Be sure to talk to our helpful staff about financing and payment plans.

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