Natural teeth are ideal for biting, chewing and maintaining the best oral health and bone structure, which is why a dentist’s priority is to help restore, save, and repair your natural teeth. But, as a last resort, tooth extraction may be needed: A common solution for impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Felipe Galvan has extracted thousands of teeth during his nearly 20 years in practice in the Danville and Vallejo, California communities, and can remove your impacted tooth.
Sometimes, teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease, trauma or a lack of space. When your tooth is removed or pulled, it’s referred to as an extraction. The most common type of extraction is wisdom tooth removal.
Broken teeth that are shattered into the gums from trauma can be extremely painful and risky if not treated.
Traumatically injured teeth infect the gums, causing cysts and pus that can devastate the jawbone. If the jawbone becomes infected, it can cause bone loss that makes chewing difficult.
A decayed tooth can similarly hurt the jawbone, as it continues to spread decay throughout the mouth.
Wisdom teeth are prone to developing problems that require removal.
When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can't drop in or can grow in misaligned with the rest of the mouth. They may also grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
To determine if a tooth extraction is needed, Dr. Galvan takes X-rays of the tooth to assess the surrounding jawbone's condition, the status of the deep roots, and if an alternative treatment would be best.
Once Dr. Galvan finds that an extraction is needed, the entire Galvan Dental Care team will strive to make it as painless as possible. General or local anesthetic are available for the procedure. Dr. Galvan also applies gauze once the tooth has gently been removed to minimize any bleeding and increase clotting.
During the first few days after removal, you may have difficulty swallowing, so a special diet of liquid foods like ice cream is suggested. But after just a few days, everything should be back to normal.
Do you need a tooth removed? Are your wisdom teeth going to ruin the alignment and appearance of your mouth? Has one or more of your teeth caused you pain and is becoming an oral problem? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, call or request an appointment online today to see Dr. Galvan.