At Nancy Shiba, DDS, we want you to enjoy the use of your teeth for as long as possible, which is why we are so passionate about taking preventive measures to save them from decay and damage. Every once in a while though, accidents happen that are out of our control. Sometimes teeth become so damaged that they cannot continue functioning properly and must be removed. When a tooth must be removed, we will perform what is known as a tooth extraction to remove it from your mouth safely.
Most extraction can be performed in our San Jose; however, the more complex procedures will sometimes be referred to one of our trusted oral surgeons.
Why are teeth extracted?
The common reasons that teeth are extracted are:
The most common reasons that people end up needing a tooth extraction are extreme decay and sports injuries to the face and mouth. When a tooth suffers from extreme decay, sometimes we can save if by performing a root canal, which is much more cost effective than having to face replacing the tooth with an implant or denture.
Sports injuries that result in cracked and chipped teeth that are beyond repair are more common than your might think. For this reason, we have included some information on how preventive measures that you can take to keep your teeth safe at the bottom of the page.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
There are two varieties of tooth extraction; simple and surgical. The first step in preparing you for your tooth extraction is to make sure you are comfortable. We will use a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. If the tooth is already exposed the next step is to grip the tooth with a tool called an elevator and gently rock it back and forth until it is loose enough to come out with very little effort.
Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions
You will leave our office with a gauze pad placed over the extraction site. It is normal for some bleeding to occur, so we will supply you with some gauze to change out after a half hour or so. It is important that you take it easy over the days following the extraction as strenuous activity can dislodge the blood clot that forms in the extraction site. The blood clot is essential to the successful healing of the extraction site and helps to prevent infection.
Ways to Keep Avoid Needing a Tooth Extraction
The best way to avoid a tooth extraction is to build great at-home oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Don’t forget to come in to see us at least twice a year for normal checkups and cleanings.
If you engage in physical activities or sporting events, always make sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and mouth. Mouthguards are cheap and easy to obtain compared to the hassle of having to have a tooth extraction.
Call us today at (408) 479-6848 to schedule your appointment.