Your natural teeth are ideal to keep, but there are several important reasons for removing them. At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, we know some patients may be nervous about an extraction so it can help to know the process before it happens.
Depending on the complexity of the extraction, a local anesthetic or a general anesthesia may be used. General anesthesia will help you fall asleep until the procedure is over with. With a local anesthetic, you will be awake for the whole process. It will just depend on how deep the tooth is in the gums and/or how many teeth need to be removed. If the tooth is impacted, like many wisdom teeth are, we will first need to make incisions in the gum tissue. If bone tissue also needs to be removed, that will be done at this point. Forceps are used to rock the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be removed. Sometimes the tooth will need to be broken up before the whole thing is removed. Afterward, the area will be cleaned and stitched up, if stitches are necessary.
Extractions are sometimes necessary for your overall health. If you are feeling consistent pain to a tooth, schedule an appointment in our Pacific Beach, CA practice. Call All Coast Dental at (858) 270-4904 or visit our website, www.allcoastdental.net to make your appointment.