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When Tooth Extraction is the Best Course of Action

“It was about as much fun as having a tooth pulled” usually indicates an unpleasant situation, but sometimes tooth extraction is necessary. Fortunately, today’s version of tooth extraction looks nothing like the painful procedure depicted in movies, books, and historical accounts.

Dr. Nazila Satvat and the Brightleaf Dental team approach dentistry holistically, whether you’re visiting for a routine checkup, taking care of a dental problem, or making a cosmetic improvement. Our office’ environment is designed to put you at ease, as is Dr. Satvat’s warm and caring communication style. 

She takes all the time you need to discuss options with you, answer questions, and, if you need an extraction, allay your fears.

Why is tooth extraction necessary?

A host of problems can lead to the need for an extraction, including:

Another reason you might be advised to have a tooth removed is if you have periodontal disease. When this infection weakens your gum tissue and bone — the foundation of your smile — your teeth can actually loosen, and extraction is necessary.

Fortunately, Dr. Satvat has extensive experience with this procedure and can tell when it’s truly necessary.

Will my tooth extraction be very painful?

We make the extraction process comfortable and stress-free, whether you’re needing what’s known as a simple extraction or a surgical one

For a simple extraction, we administer local anesthesia, and Dr. Satvat gently loosens your tooth with a tool called an elevator, which allows her to extract it with forceps. If your tooth is fully exposed, a simple extraction is the way to go. 

For molars, or If your tooth is in any way impacted, a surgical extraction is best. During this procedure, you receive both local and intravenous anesthetic, which relaxes you. If you have certain chronic conditions, we may give you general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, but this is rare. 

Dr. Satvat makes a tiny incision and, if necessary, removes a bit of bone before she extracts the tooth. Surgical tooth extraction is accompanied by a bit more post-procedure discomfort and swelling, but this is normal and it usually clears up in about a week. 

After your extraction, stick to soft foods, rinse your mouth with salt water, and apply ice for 10-minute increments. Protect the area when you brush, and sleep with your head slightly elevated. 

Can’t I just have a gap between my teeth after my extraction, especially if it’s not visible?

First of all, it’s important to understand that a gap created by a missing tooth poses some risks, which is why Dr. Satvat advises filling it. Leaving a tooth gap can lead to:

Since your teeth work as a team, shifting and bite problems can change the entire layout of your mouth and lead to grinding and other problems.

Dr. Satvat offers several solutions to replace your missing tooth and restore your mouth to its full and correct functionality. 

What are my options if my tooth must be extracted?

When Dr. Satvat concludes that you need a tooth extracted, she helps you decide which option for filling in your gap is best for you: partial denture, bridge, or dental implant. Each has its distinct advantages, depending on your situation and your mouth:

We offer metal-free zirconia bridges and implants, because Dr. Satvat is committed to putting only pure and healthy materials in your body, and she offers neuromuscular dentures, which are exceptionally fitted to give you the best cosmetic and practical results.  

Determine if tooth extraction is the right option

If it is, you and Dr. Satvat can chart the best course of action after the procedure for filling your gap. Call our office or schedule an appointment with us online.

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Dr. Nazila Satvat

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