Every year, millions of Americans undergo tooth extractions to relieve pain and discomfort caused by cavities, damaged teeth, or impacted teeth. At Avra Dental in Ventura, California, expert general and cosmetic dentist Tariq Jabaiti, DDS, regularly performs tooth extractions, using sedation dentistry to ensure comfort. If you’re experiencing a toothache that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain medicine or other conservative treatment methods, schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.
Tooth extractions are common outpatient procedures designed to remove one or more damaged, infected, or impacted teeth. Whenever possible, Dr. Jabaiti works to preserve his patients’ permanent teeth, but this isn’t always possible.
Some of the most common reasons Dr. Jabaiti performs tooth extractions, include:
You might also benefit from a tooth extraction if you’re preparing to undergo chemotherapy or an organ transplant. This is because compromised teeth can increase your risk of infection and lead to more serious complications.
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Jabaiti can tell if you need to have a tooth pulled. During your initial consultation, he conducts a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone.
At this appointment, make sure to let Dr. Jabaiti know about any prescription medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you’re taking. You should also let him know about any underlying health problems, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, or an impaired immune system.
Dr. Jabaiti performs several types of tooth extractions, including:
During a traditional extraction, Dr. Jabaiti administers a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable. After the anesthesia sets in, he uses a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it. Dr. Jabaiti usually uses the traditional extraction method to address broken teeth, partially erupted teeth, and wisdom teeth that are above the gumline.
If you have a partially or fully impacted tooth (or teeth), Dr. Jabaiti might recommend a surgical extraction. A surgical extraction begins with Dr. Jabaiti administering a local anesthetic. After the anesthesia sets in, he makes an incision along your gum line revealing the impacted tooth. Next, he cuts the tooth into sections and carefully removes each piece using forceps.
Tooth extractions are safe and well-tolerated. However, if you have a low pain tolerance or experience dental anxiety, you might benefit from sedation, or sleep, dentistry. Sedation dentistry uses medications like laughing gas to ease pain and help you relax. This ensures you’re comfortable throughout the entire operation.
If you have a toothache or your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, schedule an appointment at Avra Dental by calling the office or booking online today.