Extractions in Chico CA
We recognize that nobody wants to have teeth extracted. At South Chico Dental Care, we make every effort to save your natural teeth. In some cases, however, it may be best to remove a tooth that’s damaged to the point where it’s putting your other teeth at risk.
If you need an extraction, rest assured that Chico dentist Dr. Daniel Surh has the experience necessary to make sure that your extraction is as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
An extraction may be necessary for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons for extracting a tooth include:
- Deep decay
- Serious damage
- Failed root canal
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Whatever the reason, we’re committed to personalized, comfortable treatment. If needed, we can also discuss several tooth replacement options. Planning ahead can offer better results.
Your Extraction Procedure
You probably have a lot of questions and concerns about your procedure. This is perfectly normal. We know that you may have anxiety about staying comfortable. You'll be relieved to know that comfort is our top priority, as well. We’ll check in with you throughout your procedure and make any adjustments necessary.
There are two types of extraction procedures: simple and surgical. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible above the gumline. During this procedure, Dr. Surh will gently loosen the tooth and then lift it up. Some bleeding is normal, but it usually stops quickly. In most cases, simple extractions do not require stitches. You can expect a fairly short healing time. As you heal, it’s important to avoid smoking and drinking from a straw. These practices can disturb the clot that forms as part of the healing process.
Surgical extractions are necessary if the tooth has broken below the gum line or never fully erupted. An incision will be necessary to remove the tooth. Stitches are also likely to be required. Your mouth has an incredible healing capacity, however. Most people are surprised at how quickly they heal! During that time, we will monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have.
As with simple extractions, you will want to avoid smoking or drinking from straws. You should also plan to eat soft foods while you are healing. Some good choices include yogurt, mashed potatoes, and cool soups. Follow Dr. Surh’s directions for keeping your mouth clean and take any prescribed medications as directed.
Do You Need an Extraction?
If you are in pain or have a tooth that’s causing problems, call our office for an evaluation. Dr. Surh will diagnose the problem and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.