What you need to know about having a tooth removed.

The best teeth for your smile are the ones you already have. Because of that, Dr. Lien Ngo and the team at Brookside Dental will do everything possible to help you keep your natural teeth. But there are occasions in which a tooth is so badly damaged by trauma or disease that it is no longer viable, and extraction and replacement are the only options.

patient getting a tooth extracted
Although many extractions are surgical extractions to remove wisdom teeth, a decayed or damaged tooth will usually by remove by a simple extraction. In this case, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to gently move the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be removed with a pair of forceps. The dentist may need to close the socket with a dissolvable stitch, but in many cases, she may send you home with aftercare instructions and an appointment for a follow-up visit to check your progress and to discuss your replacement options.

After your extraction, you will need to take steps to protect the blood clot that has formed in the socket. That clot is protecting the nerves and exposed jaw bone left by the extraction. If that clot is remove or ruptured, you will be vulnerable to an infection, not to mention in a great deal of pain. You will need to come back in the office to have the socket clean and dressed.

If you have a tooth that has been giving you trouble, call 530-622-1987 today to schedule an appointment.