Extractions in Chico CA
We recognize that nobody wants to have teeth extracted. At South Chico Dental Care, we do everything possible 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 a tooth extraction is necessary, 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
- Wisdom teeth
Whatever the reason, we’re committed to personalized, comfortable treatment. If needed, we can also discuss several tooth restoration 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 we work hard to create a cozy and relaxing environment for our patients. We’ll check in with you throughout your procedure and make any adjustments necessary.
We perform two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions are performed above the gumline. Throughout this procedure, Dr. Surh will gently loosen the tooth and then lift it up. Some bleeding is normal, but it usually stops quickly. Typically, 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 through a straw. These practices can disturb the clot that forms as part of the healing process.
Surgical extractions are performed below the gum line or for teeth that never fully erupted. An incision will be necessary to extract 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 through 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.