What are the benefits of tooth extractions?

At some point in their life, many patients will need to have one or more teeth extracted. There are numerous reasons why tooth extractions may be performed. The team at Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc, of San Jose, California, works with patients to help them determine if this treatment is needed. Tooth extractions are sometimes performed if a tooth has become stuck underneath the gums, such as wisdom teeth removal. Other times, permanent teeth are removed to make room for orthodontic treatment when overcrowding is an issue. Emergency tooth removals may happen if a patient has a significant infection or trauma to a tooth that cannot allow it to be saved. If you need a tooth extraction, Dr. Provenzano, Dr. Ram, and Dr. Simel encourage you to learn more by asking questions during your consultation visit.

What type of extractions might be performed?

There are two primary types of extractions. They are surgical and simple. A simple or uncomplicated extraction is the removal of a tooth that has erupted through the gum line. It is held with an instrument and eased out to remove it within minutes. On the other hand, surgical extraction is a surgical procedure that requires the dentist to cut into the gums to access the tooth underneath. The surgical extraction method is more invasive but is often necessary, especially when patients have a tooth that is impacted/stuck underneath the gums and can’t erupt.

What to do after tooth extraction

Many patients have questions about the recovery following a tooth extraction, including questions such as, “how long does the pain last after tooth extraction?” Every patient is different and has a different level of pain tolerance which can impact their experience. Our team works directly with patients to ensure they are comfortable before, during, and after their appointment. We recommend over-the-counter pain management medications for most of our patients who undergo surgical or straightforward extractions and can send patients home with post-operative aftercare instructions to follow.

Are you in need of tooth extraction services?

Whether you need wisdom teeth surgery or emergency tooth removals, Dr. Natalie K. Provenzano and her associates can assist! The practice is located at 6020 Hellyer Avenue, Suite #100 in San Jose, CA, and accepts new patients in need of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.