Tooth Extraction Alleviates Pain & Improves Oral Health

The skilled doctors at PQ Family Dental can relieve painful toothaches and eliminate the source of potential infection by performing a tooth extraction in Rancho Peñasquitos or Ramona, CA. We may also extract teeth in preparation for dentures or orthodontic therapy.

Our team of caring professionals hopes to help you save your teeth with options such as root canal therapy. However, when a tooth is beyond salvaging, the doctor will recommend extraction. 

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Dental pain can be caused by a variety of factors. Additionally, the type of pain experienced varies from patient to patient: you might feel a chronic dull ache in one general location or intermittent, sharp, shooting pain throughout your face and jaw.

If you are experiencing any type of dental pain, it is very important that you schedule a dental appointment immediately.

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Your dentist can determine whether or not you will need to have an extraction performed. Common reasons for a tooth extraction include:

  • A crack that extends to the tooth root
  • Severe tooth decay or gum recession that is beyond restoration
  • Over-crowding causing discomfort or misalignment
  • A failed root canal
  • Impacted or infected wisdom teeth
  • Removal of baby teeth to make room for permanent teeth
  • Weakened or infected teeth caused by chemotherapy or radiation
  • Preparation for full dentures

What to Expect

During your initial consultation, the dentist will perform an exam and may take x-rays of the area in question, to better understand the cause of your dental pain. The dentist will then review your dental and medical history, and you will discuss what type of treatment will be best for you. If a dental extraction is the most practical or only option, the dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment for the procedure. In the meantime, he may prescribe antibiotics if you are experiencing an infection.

Our goal is for you to retain your teeth for life, so the dentist will only recommend extraction when absolutely necessary.

When you arrive for your procedure, our entire team will ensure that you are completely at ease and comfortable before treatment begins. If the tooth requiring extraction is completely erupted, the dentist will perform a simple extraction by loosening the tooth and removing it with forceps. If your tooth is impacted, the dentist may make a small incision in the gums to remove the tooth.

During your procedure, you will feel some pressure while the tooth is being extracted, but you should not feel any pain. Your comfort is our priority.

Your Recovery

After the procedure is complete, the dentist will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions to reduce the risk of infection and minimize recovery time. It is important to eat soft, non-spicy foods for the first few days following extraction, apply ice regularly to avoid swelling, and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

Avoid smoking of any kind, as well as drinking out of a straw, for a few days after surgery. Be sure to also practice good oral hygiene with gentle brushing and flossing.

There are a few complications that could arise after a tooth extraction. If you experience any of these symptoms, please call us immediately:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fever or chills
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Development of infection or dry socket

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any sort of dental pain, we are here to help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

Our goal is for you to retain your teeth for life, so the dentist will only recommend extraction when absolutely necessary.