Downey Park Family Dentistry is excited to announce that our offices are reopen to serve our community. We are taking additional special measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team, and appreciate your understanding that things will look and function a bit differently in our office for the time being.
To begin the process, Dr. Corey Acree will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area thoroughly, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. You can also be sedated during this process.
Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Acree will use dental tools to loosen your tooth in its socket and extract the tooth. After extraction, the socket will be cleaned and sutured shut to heal. It typically takes about 5 minutes to extract a tooth, so this process will be repeated for each tooth that requires extraction.
You will be sent home with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions from Dr. Acree. It will take between 1-2 weeks to fully heal from your extraction, so make sure you follow the provided instructions to ensure your mouth heals quickly.
Improper growth and eruption of the wisdom teeth is the most common reason for tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that grow into our mouths, and they emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, which is much later than our other teeth
In most cases, there is just not enough room in the mouths for this last set of molars, particularly in patients who have had orthodontic treatment. This can lead to issues like teeth growing in sideways, or becoming “impacted” and not emerging from the gums properly. These conditions can cause further dental complications like tooth infections or damage to the surrounding molars.
For that reason, most patients choose to have their wisdom teeth pulled when they come in. If are experiencing pain or discomfort due to the eruption of wisdom teeth and you think you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Acree is here to help.
Tooth extractions may also be recommended for teeth that have been severely damaged or destroyed by an oral injury, or extensive oral disease like tooth decay or gum disease. If your teeth can’t be saved, they may need to be pulled and replaced with dentures or dental implants.
Finally, tooth extractions may also be recommended to prepare for other dental procedures. If you are getting braces and have a very narrow palate, for example, one or more teeth may be extracted to make sure that your teeth can fit together properly after treatment.