San Jose Tooth Extractions

When Do We Need to Extract a Tooth?

When the dental damage reaches beyond the point of restoration, an extraction might be needed. We also perform extractions during the popular wisdom teeth surgery to prevent problems like mouth pain and misalignment down the line. We will provide the level of skill and compassion necessary in order to remove a troublesome tooth.

Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or you have a tooth beyond repair, you can call (408) 317-7400 or contact us online for tooth extractions in San Jose.

About the Tooth Removal Process

Simple Extractions v. Surgical Extractions

Simple tooth extractions are the simplest types of extractions. These removals take between 20-40 minutes to complete. We use forceps to remove the tooth when the tooth is visible in the mouth and is not broken.

A surgical extraction is more complicated than a simple extraction. We perform these extractions in cases when the tooth has not erupted from the gumline or when it is broken. With surgical extractions, we must make an incision in the gum to remove the tooth. Our team at Compass Dental Arts will choose the ideal extraction for your individual needs.

The steps of the procedure for both simple and surgical extractions include:

  • Numbing the area
  • Extracting the tooth
  • Closing and restoring the area

How to Prevent Dry Sockets

Most patients tend to see healing roughly seven to eleven days post-operation. During the healing process, it is especially important to prevent dry sockets. If you do develop a dry socket, it will occur three to four days after the procedure. If a dry socket does not develop, for the patient, this means that the clot formed fully and properly in the socket after the extraction and is protecting the bones and nerves. If the clot becomes out of place, the bones and nerves are left prone to the toxins that enter the mouth, which leaves the patient with pain in the mouth for around a week. Some of the best ways to prevent dry sockets include eating soft foods, avoiding smoking and tobacco, avoiding straws, and practicing good oral hygiene. Other ways you can prevent dry sockets include resting, using ice packs, drinking fluids, and performing saltwater rinses several times daily.

If you have any questions about San Jose tooth extractions, or you are wondering about our other treatments, call us at (408) 317-7400 or contact us online.


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