The prospect of getting a tooth extracted is never pleasant, but Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS, makes this procedure as smooth as possible. When your wisdom teeth or an infected tooth need extraction, Dr. Alexandroni provides exceptional care at her Brea, California, practice. Call or use the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button to schedule your tooth extraction.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
When do teeth need to be extracted?
One of Dr. Alexandroni’s primary objectives is keeping your teeth healthy to prevent the need for extraction. Proper oral hygiene and regular cleanings go a long way toward prevention.
Unfortunately, some tooth extractions aren’t preventable, such as baby teeth that never fell out. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Overcrowded, impacted, or infected teeth
- Severe tooth decay
- A tooth damaged beyond repair
- A part of orthodontic treatment
What happens during an extraction?
Tooth extraction is a procedure where your dentist pulls the tooth out of the bone socket. To perform an extraction, Dr. Alexandroni first conducts an initial exam and takes X-rays to examine the condition of your teeth.
If your tooth is above the gumline, you may be a good candidate for a simple extraction. In this dental procedure, Dr. Alexandroni uses an elevator tool to loosen the tooth and forceps to pull the tooth out of the socket.
Surgical extraction may be necessary if your tooth hasn’t erupted or has broken off below the gumline. In this procedure, Dr. Alexandroni makes an incision to remove the tooth and then stitches the incision closed. She offers local anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain.
How can I prevent a dry socket?
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot naturally forms in the socket. If a clot doesn’t develop or falls off the incision site, you get a dry socket. This condition can be excruciatingly painful.
To help prevent dry sockets, it’s vital to avoid the following activities after your surgery that could dislodge the blood clot:
- Drinking through a straw
- Rigorous exercise
- Brushing the surgical site
What can I do about the gap from my missing tooth?
Dr. Alexandroni offers several restorative options to replace your missing tooth:
- Dental implants
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
If you’re looking for a dentist in the Los Angeles area to extract a tooth, contact Dr. Alexandroniusing the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button or by phone.