Tooth Extractions

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Silicon Valley Smile Solutions

Implant Dentistry & Cosmetic & Sedation Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Tooth extractions provide a quick and convenient way to address potentially serious oral health problems like impacted teeth or crowding. At Silicon Valley Smile Solutions, expert implant dentist Amir HagShenas DDS, FAGD, and the team offer both simple and surgical tooth extractions. To book an appointment at the practice in San Jose, California, call the office or schedule online today.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Tooth Extraction

What are tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions are an outpatient procedure used to remove damaged, decaying, or crowded teeth. You might also benefit from extractions if you elect to undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or you’re preparing for a complex medical procedure like an organ transplant or chemotherapy.

To ensure your tooth extraction is as quick and painless as possible, Dr. HagShenas and the team offer several types of sedation dentistry. Following your appointment, there’s little downtime so that you can return to work and other routine activities right away.

How do I prepare for tooth extractions?

Before recommending tooth extractions, Dr. HagShenas conducts an oral exam, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a series of oral X-rays. After determining the condition and position of your teeth, he designs a surgical treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

During your consultation, let Dr. HagShenas know if you have a chronic health problem like high blood pressure, kidney disease, or diabetes. These and other issues won’t prevent you from undergoing an extraction, but they may increase the risk of complications.

What are the types of tooth extractions?

At Silicon Valley Smile Solutions, Dr. HagShenas and the team offer several types of tooth extractions, including:

Simple tooth extractions

If your tooth is above the gum line and not impacted, Dr. HagShenas performs a simple extraction. He administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, then carefully loosens your tooth with forceps and removes it.

Surgical tooth extractions

If you have an impacted tooth below the gum line, Dr. HagShenas performs a surgical extraction. He administers a local anesthetic or oral sedation, and once you’re comfortable, makes a small incision above your tooth. Dr. HagShenas splits your tooth into several smaller pieces and removes them one at a time. 

Afterward, Dr. HagShenas stitches up the incision and stuffs the dry socket with gauze. He provides care instructions and, if necessary, prescribes pain medication.

Following tooth extractions, what is the recovery process like?

Following tooth extractions, many people experience mild discomfort, swelling, and increased tooth sensitivity. In the first 48 hours following your procedure, take over-the-counter pain medication and eat only soft foods like scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes.

To reduce sensitivity, Dr. HagShenas and the team recommend:

  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Avoiding extremely hot or cold foods
  • Avoiding acidic foods
  • Chewing more gently than usual

In addition, avoid drinking from a straw for at least a week to avoid a painful dry socket.

To learn more about the benefits of tooth extractions, book an appointment at Silicon Valley Smile Solutions; call the office or book online today.