Our local Bakersfield dental office is here when you need us. If you need a tooth extraction, chances are you know it. Our goal is to ensure that each trip to our Downtown Bakersfield dental office is as comfortable and anxiety free as possible.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extracted?
If your tooth has been broken or damaged by decay we will try to fix it with bonding, crowns or fillings. However, sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. If this is the case, the tooth needs to be extracted. There are many other times when tooth extraction is necessary, such as:
- Extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in
- Baby teeth that don’t fall out in time for other teeth to come in
- Some patients who get braces may need a tooth extracted in order to make room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- People receiving cancer treatment may have infected teeth because these drugs weaken the immune system. Infected teeth may need to be extracted.
- Some teeth may need to be extracted if they could become a source of infection after an organ transplant. Patients that have organ transplants are at a high risk of infection because they must take drugs that decrease or suppress the immune system.
How is it Done?
At our local Bakersfield dental practice, we will take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. Be sure to provide your full medical and dental history and a list of all medicines you take. This should include any prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. You will receive an injection to numb the area. If it is a more complex extraction you may receive a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but no pain. If you feel any pain or pinching, tell your doctor.
If you have pain or visible decay make an appointment at our local Bakersfield Dental office immediately to determine if there is anything that can be done before we have to result to extracting a tooth.