As dental professionals, it is our goal to save a natural tooth whenever possible. Sometimes, a tooth is too badly damaged or decayed and the only option left is to remove it. Having a tooth extracted is a common procedure, and many patients choose to restore the missing tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants allow you to regain the complete appearance and functionality of a natural tooth.
Why Should a Tooth Be Removed?
If a tooth is decayed, it can become infected. This poses a risk to your gums, nearby teeth, and jaw bone. Damaged teeth can be painful, especially if the dental pulp is exposed. Extracting a tooth can protect the health of the nearby teeth and gums, and replacing it with a dental implant can keep the jaw bone healthy. Reasons for removing a tooth can include:
- Dental overcrowding, or having too many teeth
- Failed restorative work from the past
- Irreparable damage
- Impaction, or when a tooth is trapped beneath the gums
- Severe infection or decay
- To prepare for dental implants or full-arch restoration
The Tooth Extraction Process
We offer tooth extractions in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Irvine, CA. Simple tooth extractions can often be performed on the same day as consultation. You may require multiple appointments if you have a complex medical history or require more complex treatment.
We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. You may experience pressure during the extraction, but the anesthesia prevents you from feeling pain. Our office provides instructions for you to follow after your extraction to ensure the wound heals properly. If you have questions during recovery, please contact our office.
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