Tooth Extractions – Corte Madera, CA
How We Safely Remove Problem Teeth
As we grow up, our baby teeth are meant to fall out and make room for the stronger permanent teeth. While this second set of teeth is designed to last for the whole of our adult lives, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. Sometimes, a tooth becomes so irreparably decayed or damaged that removing it is the best option for your oral health. If you require tooth extractions in Corte Madera, you can trust that Dr. Julie Young will make your procedure as comfortable as possible. She’ll also provide you with tips on making a speedy recovery and how to go about replacing your extracted tooth. If one of your teeth has been bothering you, don’t hesitate to call our team at Corte Madera Dentist Julie Young DDS to learn more about how we safely remove problem teeth and preserve your smile’s health!
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
Dr. Young will always do her utmost to help patients keep their natural teeth. In some cases, however, removing a tooth makes more sense in terms of improving the patient’s oral health and function. Your dentist in Corte Madera may recommend a tooth extraction in the following situations:
- A cavity or fracture has destroyed so much of the tooth’s structure that it cannot be repaired with a filling, crown, or other restoration.
- Your teeth are too overcrowded to successfully undergo orthodontic treatment.
- You’re preparing to receive a denture.
- One of your baby teeth has not fallen out on its own.
- Advanced gum disease has loosened the teeth.
- A tooth has become impacted (stuck) beneath the gumline, rendering it unable to erupt.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
No matter the reason why your tooth needs to be extracted, rest assured that our team will help you feel comfortable every step of the way. We use the latest dental anesthetic techniques to numb your mouth, ensuring you don’t feel pain during your procedure.
If the tooth has fully erupted past the gums, then all Dr. Young needs to do is grip the tooth with a clasping tool and gently rock it back and forth until it breaks free from the connective tissue. With impacted teeth, however, we may need to take a few extra steps. For example, we might have to make a small incision in your gums to expose more of the tooth, or we may need to break the tooth into several pieces and remove them one by one.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll carefully plan your procedure beforehand and walk you through what you can expect. This way, your treatment should proceed smoothly and there should be no unpleasant surprises.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
We’ll provide you with instructions on caring for your mouth after your tooth extraction. The details may vary slightly based on your specific circumstances, but generally speaking, you should:
- Plan on taking at least two or three days off from work or school to focus on healing.
- Eat soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and applesauce.
- Take the pain medication we prescribe for you as directed.
- Don’t drink through a straw, blow your nose, or spit forcefully for the first three days.
- Avoid hot or carbonated beverages.
- Refrain from using tobacco.
- Brush and floss as normal, but don’t directly touch the extraction site.
We encourage you to call us if you have any questions or concerns following your tooth extraction. After all, we want you to make a smooth and successful recovery so that you can get right back to smiling!
ituation is more complicated and could require surgical tooth extraction, we will work with you to find a suitable specialist to help with your dental extraction.Contact our dental office today with any questions about dental extractions or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.