Tooth Extraction

Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

Dental Implant Specialists & General Dentists located in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, CA

Needing a tooth extraction can be a scary ordeal. At Gateway Smiles & Implant Center, Dr. Azita Vakili and Dr. Meeve Chie evaluate you thoroughly to make sure you absolutely need an extraction and provide convenient, simple procedures if you do. They also work with you to develop ongoing monitoring and treatment plans to help you maintain excellent oral health moving forward. To learn more about extractions, how they work, and if you may need one, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

Who needs tooth extractions?

The dentists at Gateway Smiles & Implant Center focus primarily on how to keep your teeth healthy and strong so that you don’t have to lose them. However, there are certain situations in which extractions are the only viable option.

Some of the situations that require removal include wisdom teeth that cause you pain, extra teeth, or very crowded teeth. In some cases, severely decayed or cracked teeth, or if you are missing large amounts of supporting bone, also necessitate an extraction.

How do tooth extractions work?

When performing a tooth extraction, different teeth present varying levels of removal difficulty. However, in all cases, your Gateway Smiles & Implant Center dentist numbs the tooth or teeth set to be removed with modern anesthetics. This is the start of every procedure.

Once anesthesia settles in, your dentist takes careful steps to remove your tooth using instruments uniquely designed to elevate it out of place.

Directly after the procedure, your dentist provides you with instructions to help you care for the treatment area. This often includes prescriptions for pain medications you can take during the healing period, the length of which varies case by case.

Will my smile be filled with gaps after a tooth extraction?

Leaving a space is an option, but spaces in your smile can negatively affect your appearance and present functional challenges that are important to consider. When you have gaps, your teeth slowly shift or migrate into open spaces, creating bite problems and increasing your risk of gum disease.

At Gateway Smiles & Implant Center, dentists offer a number of procedures to address gaps in your smile that provide aesthetic and functional benefits, such as implants and bridges.

How do I prevent or limit my risk of needing a tooth extraction?

There is no surefire way to prevent a tooth extraction. Sometimes, accidents or injuries happen that damage your teeth beyond repair, making tooth extraction the best treatment option for you.

However, good oral hygiene can limit your risk of developing oral health issues that often lead to tooth extractions. Brush and floss regularly and maintain your scheduled visits for checkups and cleanings. That way, your dentist can track and monitor your oral health and detect issues early when they’re easier to address.

If you need a tooth extraction, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office.