Tooth Extraction San Francisco
Keeping your teeth healthy plays an important part in your overall health. Poor oral hygiene can result in tooth decay, and gum disease, which studies have shown can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. A preventative approach is always best, but sometimes tooth extraction becomes necessary to prevent further issues.
Fear of having a tooth extracted can play a major role in stopping someone from getting the dental care they need. At Post Street Dental, we do everything possible to make the experience comfortable for our patients. We use the latest technology and pain management techniques to ensure you get the best treatment possible during and after your procedure. If you need a tooth extraction in San Francisco, visit our office at 490 Post Street, Suite 520, San Francisco, CA.
Why Get a Tooth Extracted?
Tooth extractions are usually only recommended when other treatment options, such as fillings or dental crowns, are not possible or will not be effective.
Some common reasons for getting a tooth extracted include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Cracked tooth
- Crowding in the mouth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Advanced periodontal disease
Tooth Extraction Methods
There are two main methods of extracting teeth: simple extractions and surgical extractions.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible above the gum line and that are easily accessible. The dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic before using special dental instruments to loosen and remove the tooth.
Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that are not visible or accessible, such as impacted wisdom teeth. This type of extraction is more complex and usually requires sedation or general anesthesia. The dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth, remove it then stitch up the incision.
The method used will depend on the type of tooth being extracted and the level of complexity involved. Your dentist or oral surgeon will assess your case and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Various sedation methods are used during a tooth extraction to make the process pain-free and help you relax.
- Local anesthesia numbs the area around the tooth that is being extracted. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will not feel any pain.
- Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a mild sedative inhaled through a mask before the procedure. You will remain awake and be able to respond to questions but will likely feel relaxed and lightheaded. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly and usually have no side effects.
- Oral conscious sedation is taken in pill form before your appointment. You will feel drowsy, and you may fall asleep during the procedure. You will likely not remember much of the procedure afterward and will need someone to drive you home.
- IV sedation is administered through a small needle in your arm. You may remain awake but might not remember much of the procedure. IV sedation is usually only used for more complex cases.
What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction
Most extractions can be performed in a dental office under sedation. The procedure usually takes 20-40 minutes, depending on how many teeth are to be extracted. Extractions are generally a quick and easy process with minimal discomfort afterward. You should feel no pain during the procedure but may feel some pressure and hear some cracking sounds.
After The Procedure
Once the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot forms in the empty tooth socket to stop the bleeding. You will be given gauze to bite on to help keep the clot in place and promote healing. It is important to eat soft food and not smoke, drink through a straw, or rinse your mouth vigorously as this can dislodge the clot and delay healing. Your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss this with you.
You will likely experience some swelling and soreness afterward, which can be controlled with pain medication, ice packs, and rest—following your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s instructions for care after the procedure is essential to ensure proper healing. Most people heal without complications, but if you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, or pus drainage, get in touch with our office immediately.
Tooth extractions are a standard dental procedure with a high success rate. With proper care, you should heal quickly and without problems. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have during your recovery.
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a condition that can occur after a dental extraction. It occurs when the blood clot that forms in the empty socket is either dislodged or doesn’t form properly. This can leave the socket exposed and can be quite painful. This can occur 3-5 days after surgery and can be treated with a simple office visit. A medication will be applied to the socket to numb the pain and promote healing. Dry socket is a relatively uncommon complication but can be more likely to occur with certain extractions, such as wisdom teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should use a gauze pad for the first 24 hours after your extraction to help control bleeding. Your dentist or oral surgeon may tell you to use gauze for longer, depending on your situation.
You should not vape for 48 to 72 hours after extraction as it can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
Most insurance plans cover at least a portion of tooth extractions. We recommend that you check with your insurance provider to see your coverage.
The risks of tooth extraction are generally low. Like any surgical procedure, there is a slight chance of complications such as the risk of infection, nerve damage, dry socket, and damage to nearby teeth. Our team will ensure you know all risks before proceeding with the procedure.
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San Francisco Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions don’t have to be stressful. Our team will make sure you are comfortable and informed every step of the way. We offer a full range of sedation options to ensure you feel relaxed and pain-free during the procedure. We also provide emergency tooth extractions in San Francisco if you require immediate care. Our team at Post Street Dental and our partner practice, Young Dental SF Group, are experts in all dental treatments and are here to help! Call us at (415) 986-4534 or complete our online booking form. We are located at 490 Post Street, Suite 520, San Francisco, CA