Dental Extractions

There are many reasons a patient at Quality Dentistry in Downey, CA may need a tooth extracted, or pulled. Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, teeth may need to be removed due to damage, trauma or decay. Some other reasons include:

  • Crowded teeth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontic work. Sometimes, teeth cannot be properly aligned if teeth are too big.
  • Infection. If tooth decay extends to the center of the tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels, bacteria in the mouth can enter and lead to infection.

During a dental extraction at Quality Dentistry Downey in Downey, CA, our dentists will start off by administering local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having many teeth removed at once, your doctor may use a strong general anesthetic.

If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away the tissue that covers the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth in order to loosen it. Sometimes, a stubborn tooth will need to be taken out in pieces.

When the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. Your dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket, which you will have to bite down on to stop the bleeding. Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket.

Tooth extraction is very safe, but as with any surgery, there is risk of infection. Before having a tooth extracted, it is important to notify your doctor of any of the following conditions:

  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver Disease
  • Artificial joint, hip replacement
  • History or bacterial endocarditis

After the procedure, your doctor will give you instructions to reduce the risk of infection, reduce discomfort and speed up the recovery time.

If you are in need of a tooth extraction, give us a call at our office in Downey, CA. Our doctors are the best in the area and you can trust us with all of your dental needs. If you have an impacted, painful tooth, don’t wait! Call us to schedule an appointment today!