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Tooth Extractions – Covina, CA

Extract Your Damaged Tooth to Preserve Your Smile

Extracting teeth is never Dr. Danny Tran’s first choice, but sometimes it is a necessary step in order to prevent oral health issues from developing and worsening in surrounding areas of the mouth. After all, keeping all of your natural teeth isn’t always a good idea, as teeth that become severely decayed, broken, or infected can lead to much bigger problems. That’s why at Covina Family Dental, we can extract your damaged tooth to preserve your smile. To learn more, give us a call!

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Man needing tooth extraction in Covina

We always do everything we can to help our patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it simply isn’t the best option. Here are some of the situations where a tooth extraction may help to eliminate oral health issues and benefit the well-being of your smile:

  • Ensuring long term success of a restoration, including dentures.
  • When there’s severe, irreparable damage to the tooth.
  • If a primary tooth isn’t falling out on its own.
  • When a tooth is impacted and not erupting properly.
  • To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment.

By extracting teeth that are causing problems, future infections and other issues are significantly less likely to occur.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Forceps holding extracted tooth in Covina

We remove teeth by either pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth are only ever “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, we numb the area around your teeth and use a clasping tool to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If pulling isn’t an option, the tooth will need to be surgically removed. For this procedure, a small incision is made in the gums to allow us the ability to reach enough of the tooth to remove it.

In order to determine which extraction method is right for you, schedule an appointment with us. This way, Dr. Tran can thoroughly evaluate your situation. This is also a great time to talk about tooth replacement options (if necessary) to prevent future oral health issues that can occur as a result of tooth loss.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman resting after tooth extraction in Covina

Before you head home from the practice after your extraction, we’ll provide you with a specific aftercare plan to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Everyone is different, but here are some instructions that are generally recommended for optimal recovery:

  • Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medications as directed.
  • Get plenty of rest for optimal healing.
  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Stick to softer foods.
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping.
  • Don’t use tobacco products until your mouth has healed.
  • Avoid using a straw when drinking.
  • Rinse with saltwater