Tooth Extractions

in Mountain View, CA

What Are Tooth Extractions?

Tooth extraction is a surgical dental procedure in which our dentists will completely remove a tooth from its socket. This is sometimes called “pulling” a tooth. Typically, periodontists or oral surgeons will perform more complex tooth extractions, while general dentists perform the more simple extractions.

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Why Might I Need a Tooth Extraction?

You may need a tooth extraction if you have problems with any of the following:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Dental infections
  • Trauma or injury to the tooth or surrounding bone
  • Wisdom teeth complications
  • Crowded teeth

If you need to be treated for any of these conditions, please call our office at (650) 969-2600 to book an appointment today.

What to Expect From a Tooth Extraction

Using an X-ray, we will image your teeth to evaluate the angle of the tooth’s root. Local anesthesia is given to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Our dentists will carefully loosen the tooth and lift it from its socket. If the tooth is decaying, it may be necessary to extract the tooth in pieces. Sometimes cutting away gum tissue or bone may help with the procedure, depending on the state of the patient’s mouth. 

You should not feel pain during this procedure, but if you do, notify our dentists immediately. We will administer more pain medication to maximize your comfort. 

Just like the rest of our body, our mouth naturally clots during heavy bleeding. We will give you a piece of gauze to bite down onto to start the clotting process post-extraction.

What to Tell Your Dentist Before a Tooth Extraction

While our dentists will take all safety precautions, it is still possible for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream or affect gum tissues and cause infection. If you have a condition that puts you at greater risk for infection, please let one of our dentists know so we can prescribe you antibiotics before and after extraction. If you have any of the following, you should especially advise our dentist team:

  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease
  • Hip replacements and other artificial joints
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

Sedation Dentistry

Tooth extractions don’t have to be painful. Our office offers several forms of dental sedation to help make more complex procedures quick and easy for all our eligible patients. For tooth extractions, we typically use nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen, which will help you relax while still being conscious. Oral sedation and IV sedation are also common for this procedure. 

Local anesthesia is administered to the tooth and surrounding areas to help with the pain.

What to Do After the Procedure

Recovery takes only a few days! However, discomfort can still occur, but you can reduce it by doing the following:

  • Take recommended dosage of painkillers
  • Apply ice pack to keep down swelling for 10 minutes at a time
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the procedure
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution made of ½ teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water

What Are My Options for Tooth Replacement?

While tooth extractions may be necessary, being toothless never is! In fact, if a gap is left unfilled, it can lead to poor dental health and can reduce the amount of bone in your jaw. It can even change the overall structure of your face! 

This is why we offer tooth replacements for a variety of situations including dental implants, bridges, and removable or permanent denture implants. Call our office today at (650) 969-2600 to find out more about these procedures that can improve your oral health.

renee gibeaurenee gibeau
14:23 06 Apr 21
I am terrified of going to the dentist. Dr. Van and his team are amazing. I felt zero pain during my restoration procedure. Dr. Van and his team answered my questions and made me feel at ease. The entire staff is friendly and incredibly helpful.
azam nooraniazam noorani
07:11 24 Mar 21
Hello,I would like to take a moment and thank Dr. Van and staff of Dental Arts of Mountain View specially Susie!My husband and I have started going to this dental office 20 years ago when Dr. MC Evoy and Kathy were still working there. They both were amazing and we missed them so much.Now we are seeing Dr. Van who is wonderful, thoughtful and caring as well. And of course his team.Thanks to Rosie and Susie and new staff who are always friendly and very nice. My special thanks to Susie as she was the first person welcoming me 20 years ago, she is so caring and always greeting me with my first language as I feel I'm home:)Thank you so much!Azam
05:52 12 Feb 21
Thank you to all of Dental Arts of Mountain view staff. You all provide wonderful service and amazing energy. ✨
Alexander SutyaginAlexander Sutyagin
17:57 04 Feb 21
I like how professional Dr. Van is. I would definitely recommend him to anyone having non-trivial dental needs.
Max LaettnerMax Laettner
03:11 02 Feb 21
I’ve gone to see Dr. Van multiple times and I cannot recommend him enough! His relaxed, but attentive care made me feel at ease each time I’ve gone to see him. Dr. Van is a great dentist in a great office!
Ginny LaettnerGinny Laettner
01:33 02 Feb 21
Dental Arts of Mountain View is the best experience you can have going to the dentist. Dr. Van has the best bedside manner of any dentist I’ve ever had. He has a calm and caring demeanor, is very meticulous and decisive with his work, and takes the time to walk you through his plan and recommendations. His support staff similarly exemplify top level skills and customer service, including his assistants Shellissa and Lo. Rosie and Bianca in the front office are also so friendly and professional. I would strongly recommend going here!
Heather OkanoHeather Okano
00:03 06 Nov 20
Always professional, helpful, and thorough. I recommend Peggy (dental hygienist) and Dr. Indah highly!

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105 South Dr #200, Mountain View, CA 94040

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