Tooth Extractions in Long Beach, CA

Sometimes, saying goodbye to troublesome teeth is the first step towards reclaiming your comfort and confidence. Our tooth extraction service ensures a gentle experience, helping you pave the way for a healthier, brighter smile.

Tooth Extractions in long beach
Tooth Extractions in long beach

Why May I Need a Tooth Extracted?

You may need your tooth extracted if you have teeth with severe dental decay. Severe dental decay means dental decay that has spread beyond the enamel, dentin, and into the pulp cavity. Sometimes, a root canal may be insufficient to address the dental decay since you’ll only have a small portion of your tooth left. In such cases, you’re better off getting a tooth extraction. 

A tooth extraction is also necessary for teeth severely damaged beyond restoration. The same goes for impacted teeth (usually the wisdom teeth) embedded in the gum, which cause pain and discomfort.

Basic Tooth Extraction

A basic tooth extraction is the most common type of tooth extraction. Dentists recommend it for teeth that they can easily pull from their sockets without surgical access below the gumline. The shape and position of the teeth usually lend themselves to easy removal without surgical intervention.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

These are tooth extractions for the wisdom teeth found at the back of the mouth. The dentist can use the ordinary rock-and-pull method to extract wisdom teeth. However, surgical intervention might be necessary for impacted or deeply embedded wisdom teeth.

The Benefits of Tooth Extractions

Instant Pain Relief

Most people get their teeth extracted because of the pain associated with dental decay or a broken tooth. Pulling the teeth means removing the entire teeth, including the nerve endings responsible for the excruciating pain. When painkillers don’t work, a tooth extraction is your best bet.

Prevents the Spread of Dental Decay

Tooth extractions are your best defense against the spread of dental decay. Extracting the teeth removes the source of dental decay so they don’t spread to other teeth and wreak havoc. This makes it a better alternative to treatments like root canals and dental fillings that may not completely eliminate cavity-causing bacteria in your teeth.

Paves the Way for A Better Smile

Decayed and physically damaged teeth disrupt the visual appeal of your smile, compromising your confidence. A tooth extraction removes the mutilated teeth to create room for dental implants. These implants look and feel like natural teeth and are a great way to restore your smile to its former glory.

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The Tooth Extraction Process

Anesthesia and Tooth Isolation

The extraction process starts with a brief examination and x-rays of your teeth to determine the root’s position in the jaw. Next, your Long Beach dentist injects local anesthesia into the gums near the tooth to numb it. They’ll then use a dental dam to isolate the tooth and prevent saliva flow from interfering with the treatment.

Tooth Loosening and Extraction

After isolating the tooth, the dentist will use an elevator to eject the tooth from its sockets. Next, they’ll tightly grab the tooth with forceps and rock it back and forth to loosen it. Once sufficiently loose, the dentist will forcefully pull the tooth from its sockets.

Cleaning and Gauze Placement

After extraction, the dentist will clear any debris from the extraction site. Next, they’ll place a gauze pad on the site and ask you to bite down on it. Biting down on the gauze pad should stop bleeding and allow the formation of a blood clot. Next, they'll give you instructions on how to care for the wound until recovery.

Before & Afters

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

Are Tooth Extractions Painful?

While tooth extractions seem like they would be painful, they are mostly painless. That’s because dentists use a local anesthetic to numb the pain and region surrounding it. This ensures a painless procedure from start to finish. However, you’ll likely experience pain and discomfort after the procedure that you can manage with OTC painkillers.

How Do I Know If I Need My Wisdom Tooth Extracted?

You may need your wisdom tooth extracted if you experience severe pain in your wisdom teeth. You may also need one if you have an impacted wisdom tooth in the gums. Your dentist will examine your teeth and decide whether you’re a suitable candidate for the extraction.

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