When Should You Consider Tooth Extraction?

If a tooth is causing you discomfort or impacting the natural growth of surrounding teeth, it’s time to take action. A tooth extraction procedure by SF Oral Surgery can improve your quality of life and create a more attractive, healthy smile.

Many San Francisco tooth extraction patients live with symptoms until after they become too severe to ignore. Others come to our practice for dental care after their general dentist advises them about the concern. In either case, you should seek treatment as soon as possible to limit the damage and ease your symptoms.

What Are Some Signs That I Should Get Treatment?

San Francisco tooth extraction patients typically have the procedure to address one of several concerns…

Decay. If you have a toothache, swelling in your gums, bad breath, or discoloration, you may be experiencing tooth decay. Your general dentist can confirm this when you go for a visit, so be sure to tell him or her about the issues you are having.

Fracturing. When a tooth weakens, it may form cracks in one or more places. You won’t likely miss the symptoms of a fractured tooth: pain when chewing, sensitivity to extreme temperatures, and obvious fractures in the enamel.

Crowding of teeth. Your general dentist or orthodontist may recommend tooth extraction if your teeth are not erupting properly or if there is severe crowding and/or shifting of teeth. Over time, these teeth can cause problems for the way adjacent teeth grow and may also create discomfort and tooth sensitivity.

Gum problems. Malpositioned and/or impacted teeth can cause food traps and hygiene problems that can lead to gum disease and bone loss, affecting not only those specific teeth, but the surrounding teeth as well.

When Should San Francisco Tooth Extraction Patients See a Specialist?

If you have appointments with a general dentist on a consistent basis, you are already well prepared for treatment with SF Oral Surgery. Bay Area dentists send referrals to Drs. Michael Chan, William Chan, and Brian Yang on a regular basis because of the skill, specialization, and expertise we offer.

Typically, your dentist will evaluate the tooth and determine your treatment options. If he or she thinks that the tooth should be removed, the dentist will provide a referral to SF Oral Surgery. Our practice offers immediate dental implants that can replace the tooth in the same visit.

If you do not have a general dentist, we encourage you to pay close attention to the typical signs of oral decay or damage. While some may be more subtle, such as an impacted tooth, others are noticeable enough that you should visit our practice as soon as you recognize them.

Schedule an initial consultation to talk about tooth extraction with SF Oral Surgery. Call our San Francisco office at (415) 776-6710.