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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.

lesley canfieldlesley canfield
23:25 16 Nov 23
Amber is the most amazing hygienist and Dr Van is thorough and friendly
Katy BKaty B
18:09 13 Nov 23
I love all the people here. Amber is great with the cleaning. Dr Indah has been so helpful with my teeth. I am grateful for her.
sarah coultersarah coulter
09:15 11 Nov 23
Terry StanleyTerry Stanley
18:27 01 Nov 23
Dr Ratna Indah at Dental Arts of Mountain View is the best dentist I have ever been to. Her support staff — front desk, hygienists — are top-tier.
Petra IslasPetra Islas
23:10 31 Oct 23
For me Dental Arts is the best place where they have helped me during the intimate 28 years previously with Dr. McEvoy and now with Dr. Van I took absolute faith especially 3 years ago when I experienced a terrible infection and called him to help me and to Even though he was at an important conference in Gilroy, and with that way of speaking and transmitting calm, he told me “I'm an hour away from my office, I'll leave the conference and we'll meet in an hour.” He helped me with my pain. All the people there are so kind and nice, always trying to help. I remember Susi as many years ago as when I started going there.Congratulations, you are a fabulous team.
Daniel KobaDaniel Koba
20:10 23 Oct 23
Had a great experience with my hygenist and really liked Dr. Van. While I agree with some other reviewers that while it was expensive ( I am pretty sure it was not my network), I had heard great things and was about to move forward on Invisalign treatment.Then I got a bill for past service (weird, I know I paid at the time of the work being done). When I called to inquire I was notified my insurance was capped out and thus it was my responsibility. Make complete sense and I paid the owed amount.Here is my frustration. I have only been to this office this year. They had the details of my insurance and in my past dental office experiences, I have always had front office staff who helped me understand (ahead of time), my insurance, and would cover and what my costs would be. While I understand that estimates do change, a swing of over $500 in client responsible fees, based on my insurance running out for the year, should have been identified, communicated, and a backup plan discussed when it was caught that a new plan not accounting for insurance would need to be discussed.What really bothers me is that what was left on my insurance should have been identified at the time of my dental plan being created. Assuming that a mistake was made and caught, I was never told there was an error on the estimate, I just received a $550 bill with no explanation on why the adjustment was made. Plain and simple, not sure I can trust the staff at theDo not recommend this location. The front desk was not competent with my account and I do not have confidence that they are on top of client accounts.Update:I want to take a moment to update my review of Dental Arts of Mountain View. I received a call today that I really appreciated. Sheila took the time to LISTEN to me and ensure I felt heard before we hung up. She went out of her way to make sure my experience ended positively with their staff and organization. I will say that worked and I appreciate her taking the time to connect. I did not expect to leave this dental office with appreciative feelings but I am. Great job on the recovery Sheila!
Dave RighettiDave Righetti
16:13 21 Sep 23
DJ RogersDJ Rogers
19:45 12 Sep 23
Bonnie E. EricksonBonnie E. Erickson
16:01 12 Sep 23
Such a lovely place for me and my teeth! The staff is always so friendly and welcoming, they always remember me and ask about my family, the whole facility is immaculate, and while they recommend options they never try to push extra services on me. The cost is competitive for Silicon Valley and they accept insurance and flex spending accounts so I waltz right out the door with no hassle! Happy teeth and BEE! 😁🪥🦷🐝🧡🙏✨
Marilyn ChartrandMarilyn Chartrand
06:23 01 Sep 23
Eleanor LaneyEleanor Laney
19:53 24 Aug 23
Excellent and professional care for replacement of two crowns by Dr. Van and his able assistant, Lo. Clear explanations as he proceeded, Dr. Van's manner was warm, reassuring and expert. I am squeamish about dental care, and they made me feel so safe, calm and reassured. I am happy to recommend the entire office.
Kate O'Hanlan, MDKate O'Hanlan, MD
00:00 01 Jun 23
Amber did a meticulous prophy and was very gentle. She identified and photographed a gazillion glitches in my teeth, so we have a visual and radiographic baseline. Dr. Indah has done an amazing job creating an appliance to address my sleep apnea caused by my four bicuspid extractions as a child for braces. My sleep apnea is entirely resolved.Thanks to a great team.
20:14 26 May 23
I have been coming here for 10 years. But the practice has changed - they only seem to care about volume and keep assigning me a different hygenist every time I visit - she didn't even know my name this last time. Surly, bossy, condescending too, when I requested a much less invasive X-ray schedule as per ADA guidelines for people with no known dental issues. There are some great people here but management is out of touch with patient care and management. I'm out.
Robbin ZarboRobbin Zarbo
19:56 13 Apr 23
Hygienist was very polite, informative, and educational. I would definitely request her again.
James TownsendJames Townsend
03:52 05 Apr 23
Super experience here. Wonderful friendly staff. The teeth and mouth is a gateway to overall health and they show great interest in helping you to achieve that. Dr Indah is a special joy and will put you to ease instantly.
Vicky BiermanVicky Bierman
18:52 22 Feb 23
Very nice staff. Clean digs with everyone working efficiently. No waiting time. There were no problems with my teeth this time, but I am sure if there was, someone there would tell me.
Kevin SmithKevin Smith
03:45 09 Sep 22
Dr. Indah is one of the best dentists I've ever seen. In particular, her expertise on sleep apnea combined with dentistry skill has been incredibly useful for developing my strategies to deal with aging teeth and apnea. She is very patient explaining her recommendations and answering questions to ensure I understand what to expect and why I should benefit. Highly recommend.
Peggy BenenatoPeggy Benenato
19:08 07 Sep 22
Thank you for having all the newest and best technologies and for continuing with all the COVID protocols. I felt very safe in this office!Natalie was amazing. Very thorough and professional. My teeth have never felt cleaner!
ruth/miles hamptonruth/miles hampton
06:42 02 Sep 22
I called ad got an appointment the next day at 9:30 am and was there all day with oral surgery. fine now. go back for bridge. M.H. 09/01/22
Shannon BargShannon Barg
01:59 25 Aug 22
This practice shines above all others in every way. I’ve seen every dentist here and each of them are caring, calculated, thoughtful in their care plans, and so personable. The entire staff is exceptional at providing VIP Concierge services no matter who you are. Every time I call, they answer the phone with my name at the ready. When I come in, every one remembers me like an old friend and is very familiar with my record, my family, my interests, my struggles. It’s like going to visit family. I have ABSOLUTE trust in them to help me make the best decisions about my care and to put my needs first. They have gone out of their way, over and over, to accommodate me or get me into specialists. But it’s not all about me… they also give back to the community. One example of this is their deep involvement in Smiles for Troops, taking care of veterans’ dental needs and making them feel pampered and cared for at the same time. This team is AMAZING, from the senior Doctor to the newest, you will be very lucky to to be accepted as a patient here.*I’m not related to anyone who works here. I’m not being compensated for this review in any way. I’m simply inspired by exceptional professionalism and service.
Ryan SullivanRyan Sullivan
01:01 14 Aug 22
I have always had anxiety with going to the dentist. Dr. Van and the staff were super nice and worked with me and my anxieties with my emergency issue. The procedure went flawlessly and I hardly felt anything! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist.
22:10 04 Aug 22
Peggy is an excellent hygienist!The office staff is friendly and helpful!
Kathleen MatthewsKathleen Matthews
15:05 28 Jul 22
The entire Dental Arts of Mountain View team is fantastic - from the front office to the back. I've been a patient for decades and wouldn't entrust my dental care to any other dental practice.
Min FongMin Fong
17:03 23 Jul 22
My hygienist Amber Post is very thorough in following up on dental issues, she takes detailed notes and revisit during next checkup, she remembers even the smallest details on the changes; I am grateful she puts her heart and mind on patient's dental care.
Patrick StonePatrick Stone
21:01 14 Jul 22
I've been going to Dr. Van's dental office (Now Dental Arts) for 40 years (yes, I'm getting up there being 74 now). Across the board and throughout all these years I've received nothing but the best dental treatment by extremely qualified professionals. Truly the work done in my mouth has been and is a work of art!
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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(650) 969-2600


105 South Dr #200, Mountain View, CA 94040

Mon: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tues: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wed: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thur: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 8:30am – 2:00pm

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