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, 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.

Frequently asked questions

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that removes your tooth entirely from its socket. Tooth extraction may be required for various reasons, including severe injury or decay.

Is tooth extraction a painful procedure?

To alleviate pain, your dentist will usually use a local anesthetic during the treatment. In addition, they’ll suggest over-the-counter pain medicine after the surgery to assist you in managing the pain.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

“Normal” discomfort is expected to persist three days after the extraction. It might take up to two weeks to heal following surgery to remove your wisdom tooth or teeth.

Can I normally eat after a tooth extraction?

You should only consume soft meals and beverages for at least 24 hours after tooth extraction. You can gradually return to a more regular diet when you feel comfortable.

How do I care for the extraction site after the procedure?

Keep the extraction area clean. Rinse the region gently twice to thrice daily with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Dr. Natalie Provenzano

Dr. Natalie Provenzano

Dr. Simel

Dr. Or Simel

Dr. Natalie Provenzano is a renowned dentist in San Jose, California. With associate, Oral Surgeon Dr. Or Simel, they provide exceptional general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services to patients of all ages.

Dr. Provenzano has been practicing dentistry since 2002 when she graduated from the University of Southern California Dental School in the class’ top 10. She served on the school’s ethics committee and was a member of the Oral Sedation Team and the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After graduating, Dr. Provenzano was the recipient of the American Association of Women Dentist’s “Female Dentist of the Year” Award.

Also a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Provenzano was an active member of Ignatians Service Organization and Delta Gamma Fraternity, with the distinction of being chosen for Order of Omega and Delta Sigma Nu Honor Societies.