Dentist located in Tracy, California
No one wants to lose a tooth, but Dr. Shailaja Singh at Singh Dental Center may recommend a tooth extraction for a decayed or damaged tooth in order to improve the overall health of your mouth. If you’re in the Tracy, California, area and have concerns about the health of a tooth, call the office or schedule an appointment today using the online booking agent.
There are a number of circumstances that may require Dr. Singh to remove your tooth, including:
Tooth extraction is usually the last resort, and Dr. Singh only recommends extraction if she can’t save your tooth with a crown, filling, or root canal. She may also need to extract a tooth if you’re undergoing orthodontic care and need to make room for the improved alignment.
If your tooth is visible, Dr. Singh may be able to simply extract the tooth using forceps after numbing the area.
However, tooth extraction isn’t always that simple and may require surgical extraction. When performing surgical extractions, Dr. Singh uses oral conscious sedation, administering medication that relaxes you and reduces pain without putting you to sleep.
To remove the tooth, she cuts through your gums and into the bone, if necessary. Once the entire tooth is removed, including bone and root, she stitches the incision closed.
After extraction, you must bite down on gauze for 30 minutes to control any bleeding. It’s also important to avoid talking, eating, and drinking for two hours following the procedure.
When the bleeding subsides, sip on warm water and other clear liquids such as broth or apple juice for hydration. You may need to stick to liquids for about a day, depending on the surgery. As tolerated, add soft foods such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, and soup.
Dr. Singh recommends not smoking or using a straw for the first 12 hours after tooth extraction. She may also caution you about brushing and flossing, especially around the removal site.
After a few days, you should be able to resume your usual eating and brushing habits. Call the office if you experience any pain or bleeding.
After the extraction, Dr. Singh offers a number of options for replacing the extracted tooth, including:
Monday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday : Closed
Friday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday : Closed
At Singh Dental Center, Dr. Singh and her highly trained staff provides outstanding personal service and the highest level of family and cosmetic dentistry. Our state-of-the-art facilities and team enables us to offer the services you may need in one place avoiding the hassle of visiting multiple practices and specialists