Dental Extraction in San Jose
Teeth are never disposable; even baby teeth serve as valuable guides for the proper growth and development of permanent teeth.
At the office of Victor Woodlief, DMD, and Associates, we strive to save natural teeth whenever possible. Preserving natural teeth is often the healthiest and most affordable way to promote a functional and comfortable smile.
Of course, everyone is different, and we cannot always predict every condition or circumstance. On occasion, Dr. Woodlief may recommend a dental extraction, if it is the best way to protect your smile or your oral health.
Conditions Requiring a Dental Extraction
Enamel, the hardest substance in your body, protects your teeth. They are not fragile, but they are also not immune to damage or disease, especially as enamel thins with age.
Some instances when Dr. Woodlief may recommend an extraction include:
- Irreparable fractures
- Deep decay
- Teeth broken at or below the gumline
- Symptomatic wisdom teeth
- Stubborn baby teeth
Dr. Woodlief is a conscientious dentist and will never recommend a dental extraction unless it will benefit the future of your oral health. He will discuss this with you, along with any other options, so you feel confident in your choice.
Comfortable Dental Extraction Treatment
Dental extractions do not have to be a painful experience. With the proper planning, x-rays, and anesthetic, your procedure will be over before you know it.
It will take a few days to a week to recover from a dental extraction, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the location of the tooth. Fortunately, our mouths heal quickly with the proper care and hygiene. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications will help reduce any swelling and assist with any discomfort during the healing process.
Dr. Woodlief will follow up after your procedure to make sure everything is on track.
We don’t replace every tooth. Wisdom teeth and instances of over-crowding will not require tooth-replacement. For most other instances, we recommend replacing your missing tooth to prevent shifting of your bite and bone loss.
We offer a variety of options:
Dental implants – A long-term solution with many health benefits. Dental implants integrate with your body to provide the most stable results.
Fixed dental bridge – A highly esthetic and effective way to fill the gap in your smile and keep your teeth from shifting.
Partial denture – A reliable solution for multiple missing teeth that relies on your remaining teeth to anchor your prosthetic in place.
Full (complete) dentures – Full dentures replace all teeth on your upper or lower arch. Modern dentures are natural-looking and fit better than dentures of the past.
Implant-retained dentures – This option combines the affordability of dentures with the stability of dental implants. Dentures will lock in to 2 to 6 strategically placed dental implants, preventing movement and slippage.
Do You Have a Gap in Your Smile?
Whether you have a missing tooth or you are facing a dental extraction, contact our San Jose, CA dental office today and set up an appointment with Dr. Woodlief. His expertise and commitment to quality dentistry will help you enjoy renewed health and confidence, even when recovering from tooth loss.