Importance of Necessary Tooth Extractions in Albuquerque

Are you in need of tooth extractions in Albuquerque? Dr. Li Bao is one of the finest dentists in the Albuquerque area. Tooth extractions are one of the more common dental procedures that adults need later on in life. If you have severe damage due to tooth decay or blunt trauma, it is possible that you may need to have a tooth extracted. This could help save healthy tissue and prevent the furthering of disease or bacterial infection in your gums. A Better Smile Dentistry is passionate about providing exceptional dental care to members of our community. 
 
The Procedure
Tooth extractions are incredibly common. The procedure is simple and pain-free. You will be provided with a local anesthetic in the affected area. If you are going to be having a more serious surgical extraction, you may require anesthesia, though this is not necessary for a simple tooth extraction.
 
Dr. Bao will then pull the tooth using a tool called an “elevator” that will loosen the tooth from the socket. Then he will fully remove it using forceps. You may feel a slight pressure in the area, but otherwise, the area will be numb. Lastly, Dr. Bao will stitch the area closed so that you can heal properly without food or debris getting caught in the wound. You will likely be prescribed a medication to help you with the healing process.
 
Reasons for needing a tooth extraction:
● Irreversible tooth damage due to extreme decay
● A viable solution to periodontal disease
● Help an impacted tooth
● Eliminate overcrowding of teeth
● Necessary after an accident
 
Types of Tooth Extractions and Their Differences
Simple dental extraction - Dr. Bao will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. You will only feel a slight pressure but no pain, and you will be awake for the whole procedure. Next, he will then loosen the tooth from the socket and remove it. 
Surgical dental extractions - Requires anesthesia and you will be unconscious for the procedure. Dr. Bao will make a small incision in your gums and potentially remove a small piece of jaw bone in order to remove your tooth. You will then receive stitches so that your gums can properly heal.
 
Potential Risks
There are always risks to any surgical procedure, so tooth extractions in Albuquerque are no different. However, complications involved with tooth extractions are not common. In about 30% of tooth extractions, a dry pocket can form due to blood clots. This can be painful and may lead to infection. Food debris and pockets can lead to complications with your healing process.
 
An incomplete extraction is possible, though it is very rare. An incomplete extraction is where a fragment of the tooth root is left in the jaw. This may be intentional in some cases because it may be safer to leave the root where it is. Pain is possible after surgery, but it will go away after just a few days. Numbness around the lips and chin is also a possible side effect, though it will wear off. If it does not wear off, you may have experienced nerve damage. If numbness persists, consult with Dr. Bao to find out more information.
 
If you would like to learn more about tooth extractions in Albuquerque, call our office to request more information. You can reach us at (505) 295-0319 or fill out an appointment request form directly on our website. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile!
Appointment request
Need an appointment with a dentist in Albuquerque ? Requesting an appointment at our Albuquerque, NM family and cosmetic dental office is now easier than ever. Fill out the form below and we'll contact you to find a time that fits your schedule. Start your journey towards a beautiful smile with us today!
Patient Name*
Phone Number*
Email Address
Are you a current patient?
Best time(s) to call?
Preferred Appt Date
Preferred Appt Time
Message
Describe the nature of your appointment or any other comments