Tooth Extraction 

Tooth Extraction 

Tooth Extraction 

While it is preferable to preserve your natural teeth, a severely damaged or decayed tooth may be too compromised to save.

In these cases, Dr. Jose Valenzuela can perform a tooth extraction to protect your smile. He uses gentle techniques and sedation to ensure patients' comfort.

How might an extraction benefit you?

In Certain Circumstances,

Tooth Extraction Can Be Advantageous

Protect Your Oral Health 

Extracting certain teeth can reduce your risk for more serious oral health issues.

Relieve Pain 

A weakened or infected tooth can cause severe pain when chewing.

Address Overcrowding

Some patients do not have a large enough jaw to accommodate all their teeth.

See how extraction can minimize the effects of impacted teeth...

Is tooth extraction painful? 

A Common Misconception  

A 2016 study found that among a group of 52 patients,

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*According to research published in Clinical Oral Investigations.

While Dr. Jose Valenzuela in Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, will make every effort to save your teeth at our practicetooth extraction may be necessary if a tooth is severely damaged or decayed. If your tooth must be extracted, he will use the most gentle techniques in modern dentistry to ensure your comfort. Dr. Valenzuela can also replace your tooth with an implant-supported restoration to maintain the integrity of your smile. 

When is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

There are several different reasons why a tooth may need to be removed:

  • Extensive decay that cannot be repaired with a filling or crown
  • A crack or fracture that has severely compromised the tooth structure
  • Tooth mobility caused by advanced gum disease
  • A dental abscess that cannot be addressed with root canal therapy
  • Insufficient space for proper tooth eruption
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Dr. Valenzuela will always try to save a tooth, but if extraction is necessary, you can expect comfortable treatment.

About the Tooth Extraction Process

Fortunately, advanced methods and technologies allow us to remove a tooth with minimal discomfort. We also offer sedation if you are feeling anxious or have difficulty sitting for long periods. To begin the process, Dr. Valenzuela will numb the gums with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during treatment. Next, he will access the tooth for removal. If the tooth is mostly intact with sufficient structure visible above the gum line, he will simply loosen it and gently lift it from the socket using forceps. If the tooth is impacted, fractured, or severely broken, he may need to make an incision, remove small amounts of bone, or divide the tooth into segments for easier extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the site will be closed with sutures.

Fortunately, today’s advanced methods and technologies allow us to remove a tooth with minimal discomfort.

Healing and Recovery

Any discomfort you experience after extraction can usually be managed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers. Slight swelling is typical and can be reduced with the application of a cold compress to the external jaw every 20 minutes for the first 24 hours. During the first two days, heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided, as strenuous activity can elevate the heart rate and result in increased bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Patients should also plan to eat a soft food diet for the first few days to minimize tenderness. After your procedure, Dr. Valenzuela will provide you with a comprehensive list of post-surgical instructions. Closely following these guidelines will help you experience a quick and comfortable recovery. 

Teeth Replacement Options

With the exception of wisdom teeth, we always recommend replacing teeth that have to be removed. When you are missing teeth, it can compromise the function, health, and aesthetics of your smile. Over time, adjacent teeth will shift into the gaps left behind. This can significantly change your bite and have a negative impact on your oral health. There are several replacement options available. However, the best option is a dental implant. Because implants replace the roots of the missing teeth, they not only keep restorations firmly in place, but also prevent the jaw atrophy that would otherwise occur after tooth loss. During a consultation with Dr. Valenzuela, he can determine if dental implants are right for you.

Contact Us to Learn More

In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary in order to preserve your oral health. To explore your treatment options, schedule an appointment at our practice. You can contact us online or give us a call at (866) 223-6147.

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