Tooth Extractions – Fresno, CA
Extract Problem Teeth to Preserve Your Smile
In most cases, Shinkawa Dental does not consider tooth removal to be the first treatment option. In fact, it’s typically the last option we’ll consider. However, there are circumstances in which removing a tooth is the best way to protect your neighboring teeth as well as your overall oral health. If this turns out to be the case, you can expect us to explain every step of process for tooth extractions in Fresno, CA upfront, help you get comfortable and prepared for the procedure, and discuss your tooth replacement options. Give us a call to get started.
Why Choose Shinkawa Dental for Tooth Extractions?
- In-House Dental Implant Placement Available
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- Performed Same-Day for Emergency Cases
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We always do everything we can to help our patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it simple isn’t the best option. Here are some of the situations where a tooth extraction may help to eliminate oral health issues and benefit the wellbeing of your smile:
- Ensuring long term success of a restoration, including dentures.
- When there’s severe, irreparable damage to the tooth.
- If a primary tooth isn’t falling out on its own.
- When a tooth is impacted and not erupting properly.
- To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment.
By extracting teeth that are causing problems, future infections and other issues are significantly less likely to occur.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
If you are between the ages of 17 and 25 years, chances are your wisdom teeth (also known as your third molars) are beginning to erupt in the back of your mouth. In rare cases, the mouth can be large enough to accommodate them. However, it’s far more common that even just one erupting wisdom tooth can cause problems for your oral health. If this is the case, we’ll examine your erupting wisdom teeth, then schedule to have them extracted to prevent any potential complications.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are removed by either pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth are only ever “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, the area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic, and a clasping tool is used to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If pulling isn’t an option, the tooth will need to be surgically removed. For this procedure, a small incision is made in the gum tissue so the tooth can be reached and removed.
To determine which extraction method is right for you, schedule an appointment with us. This way, we can thoroughly evaluate your situation. This is also a great time to talk about tooth replacement options (if necessary) to prevent future oral health issues that can occur as a result of tooth loss.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After your extraction, we will provide you with a specific aftercare plan to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Everyone is different, but here are some instructions that are generally recommended for optimal recovery:
- Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medications as directed.
- Get plenty of rest for optimal healing.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Stick to softer foods.
- Keep your head elevated while sleeping.
- Don’t use tobacco products until your mouth has healed.
- Avoid using a straw when drinking.
- Rinse with saltwater
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Have you been told that you’re in need of a tooth extraction? You may still have some unanswered questions, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about tooth extractions in Fresno. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call and we’d be happy to walk you through the process so you know what to expect.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they worry that the procedure will hurt. The good news is that whether you are getting one tooth pulled or multiple, the first step is always numbing the area with a local anesthetic. While you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during your procedure, you are likely to experience some soreness for a few days afterwards. Following your aftercare instructions is necessary to prevent infections, reduce puffiness, and promote healing. If discomfort worsens, give us a call.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If the tooth that is being pulled is toward the back of the mouth, many patients think that they don’t need to have it replaced. After all, if no one can see it, why replace it? The truth is that your teeth do so much more than create a beautiful smile. They are essential to chew properly and speak clearly. One missing back tooth can make it difficult to chew, leading to poor nutrition and indigestion. It is recommended that when you are finished healing, you schedule an appointment to find a tooth replacement that’s right for you.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
Tobacco products can delay healing, so you shouldn’t smoke immediately following your tooth extraction. It’s recommended that you abstain from smoking for at least 5 days afterwards. However, if you can, you should avoid smoking for at least two weeks. If you’ve had difficulty quitting in the past, let us know so we can help you prepare in advance.
How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?
Preparing for your tooth extraction is just as important as following all of the aftercare instructions. Before your procedure, be sure to be open with your dentist about any questions you have, like what to bring and what to eat the morning of. Check to see if your dentist has any specific instructions, like sticking to just water the morning of or picking up prescription medication.