Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Chino Hills

Get painless tooth extraction at Chino Hills Family Dentistry

If you need to have a tooth pulled, Dr. Douglas Kim can extract your tooth quickly and painlessly. The extraction of a tooth can affect your chewing ability and shift your other teeth. Dr. Kim will discuss your options for tooth replacement to avoid these complications.  Call us at (909) 393-5300 if you are a patient from Chino Hills and surrounding areas to schedule a tooth extraction.

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

Tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that helps prevent more serious dental problems from arising. It is performed only after all alternatives have been considered and ruled out. Dr. Kim may recommend a tooth extraction if:

  • Your tooth is infected or has a risk of infection from decay
  • Your tooth is severely damaged from trauma
  • You have an impacted wisdom tooth
  • You have overcrowded teeth (often requires orthodontic treatment)

What should I expect during my tooth extraction procedure?

Most extractions take only a few minutes. You may find that waiting for the local anesthesia to kick in may take longer than the actual extraction. Dr. Kim will begin the tooth extraction by numbing your tooth, gums, and bone tissue with local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia is in full effect, he will use a device called an “elevator” and place it between the tooth and gums to create space. Then, he/she will use forceps to pull the tooth out. The area where the tooth was extracted will be thoroughly cleaned to prevent infection. Gauze will also be applied to the site to control bleeding.

If you are having a wisdom tooth pulled, Dr. Kim will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone after the area is numbed with local anesthesia. Then he  will remove the bone that blocks access to the tooth root. Your wisdom tooth will be removed and the site will be thoroughly cleaned. You may also get stitches to promote healing. Lastly, gauze will be placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and to help a blood clot to form.

What should I do after my tooth is extracted?

Expect some bleeding after the extraction. A clot will form to help slow and eventually stop the bleeding. You want to make sure the clot stays in place for healing to occur, so follow these directions:

  • Bite on a gauze pad to minimize bleeding.
  • Apply a cold compress and take ibuprofen to minimize swelling and pain.
  • Be gentle around the extraction site when you brush and floss.
  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water.
  • Do not use a straw.
  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Avoid exercise or any strenuous activities. Increased blood flow aggravates the socket.

What are my options for tooth replacement?

When you and Dr. Kim discuss the treatment plan for tooth extraction, you’ll also cover the options for replacing it. Here are several options to choose from:

Want to schedule a tooth extraction in Chino Hills? Call our office at (909) 393-5300 or click the button below to book an appointment!

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