Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dr. Nikki Ancona has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for your tooth extractions and wisdom tooth removals.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Nikki has averaged 70 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
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Tooth extraction is commonly performed to address a severely damaged tooth. Many dentists consider tooth extractions as a last resort. Our Montclair Plaza dental care team will do the best they can to preserve the natural teeth. Your dentist will perform an evaluation to determine if the tooth can be restored with root canal therapy first. If a tooth extraction is deemed necessary, your Montclair Plaza dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan based on personal needs.
Tooth extractions are performed in our Montclair Plaza dental office under the care of an experienced endodontist. Tooth extraction can typically be completed in just one visit. We offer sedation options to help patients feel comfortable during their procedure.
What to expect
A tooth extraction is usually performed under local anesthetic. If necessary, Dr. Nikki can provide dental sedation to create a more comfortable experience.
The tooth is gently removed from the socket by the root. The socket is carefully cleaned and sutured to prevent infection and irritation. To stop the bleeding and begin the healing process, it is important for a blood clot to form. A small amount of bleeding is considered normal.
Dr. Nikki will supply detailed aftercare instructions to promote a healthy, speedy recovery. You should avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours because it can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket. Most patients recover fully within a day or two after the procedure.
Simple Tooth Extraction
Video 01:00 | Video demonstrating a simple tooth extraction. If your tooth is badly decayed and can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a common surgical procedure called a tooth extraction.
Tooth extractions may be necessary for:
Tooth Extractions FAQs
The process of removing a single tooth can take 20-40 minutes from start to finish. Obviously, the more teeth you’re having removed, the more time this can take. Consider adding an additional 5-10 minutes per extra tooth.
Patients undergo local anesthesia when they have a tooth extracted. This results in feeling movement and pressure as the dentist undertakes the procedure, but the benefit is feeling no pain throughout the process.
Like any other procedure, you’ll want to follow your doctors recommendations as they will be aware of any activities you may want to avoid within the first few hours of having a tooth removed. A typical recommendation is to eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Video 01:51 | With age comes wisdom – and wisdom teeth! Learn more about what to expect when this third set of molars come through in your late teens.
One of the most common types of tooth extractions is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth removal usually occurs during the late teen and early twenties. Dr. Nikki will perform a full comprehensive exam and X-rays to determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary.
In some cases, the teeth are impacted or crowded, which will require the removal of the wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and swelling of the soft tissue and face. Dr. Nikki will discuss all aspects of the wisdom teeth procedure during your consultation.
Video 01:01 | While healthy wisdom teeth are an asset to your mouth, wisdom teeth that don’t fully erupt or that grow in sideways can lead to tooth decay, infection or pain. Discover what your dentist can do to help you decide whether your wisdom teeth should be removed.
Replacement for Extracted Teeth
After you have a tooth extracted, it is very important to replace it. We offer a full range of missing teeth replacement options in our Montclair Plaza dental office. Even one missing tooth will have negative effects on your oral health. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift towards the void and bone will begin to deteriorate. The number of teeth you are having extracted will determine which type of restoration you will need. Your options include a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a denture. You also have the option of replacing any number of extracted teeth with dental implant(s).
Dr. Nikki will recommend dental implants to replace your extracted tooth or teeth. Dental implants are the number one recommended solution for patients with missing or damaged teeth. They are the most natural-looking and advanced solution when compared to other teeth restoration options. We perform all aspects of the dental implant procedure in our Montclair Plaza dental office.