Tooth Extractions in San Diego, CA

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Even though our dentists make every attempt to conserve and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible over the gums. This is typically done for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Generally, dentists perform surgical extractions to remove impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth. Regardless of the reason for having a tooth extraction, our Dental Express team will give you the best care. In addition, our San Diego, CA offices provide multiple sedation options, like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can stay comfortable during your procedure. Get in touch with our team to find out more or to schedule an assessment with our dentists to boost your oral health.

Best Candidates

If you have a damaged or broken tooth caused by advanced decay, we will make every effort to repair it using a crown, dental bonding, or a filling. However, if the decay is too bad, we may have to remove the tooth to prevent it from spreading to healthy teeth. You may also require a simple or surgical extraction to remove teeth that don't fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars (wisdom teeth) that grow in around ages 17 – 21. In older children, infant teeth that haven't fallen out naturally might need extraction so they don't block the permanent teeth. In addition, if you're getting orthodontics, then you might require an extraction to make room for the remaining teeth as they move into their normal place.

What To Expect

Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth being removed. Depending on the degree of the procedure, our dentists can use different forms of sedation to help you stay relaxed throughout the treatment. Once you are ready, we will begin the procedure. In a simple extraction, we loosen the tooth using a special device called an elevator. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, our dentists might break the tooth into smaller pieces for easier removal. After the tooth is removed, we will close the incision in your gums. Prior to a surgical extraction, we may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.


Depending on the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might need to have someone take you home. As your gums heal, you should avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Your recovery will vary, depending on the extent of your dental extraction, but many patients need to eat soft, cool food for at least a few days after the extraction. We will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and how to care for your gums. Your mouth will probably be swollen after the extraction so we suggest over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Sometimes, we may give you a prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics. In addition to any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Dental Express for regular exams and cleanings so we can track your health following the extraction.

Insurance Coverage

An extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be fully covered. Before your extraction, we will contact your insurance provider to find out your specific coverage and estimate your costs. If you don't have dental insurance, then we can speak with you about different payment options or provide information about medical financing.

Simple and Surgical Extraction

Whether you have a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth does not have space for a tooth, Dental Express can help you with a simple or surgical extraction and improve your oral health and smile. Schedule a consultation with us at one of our offices in San Diego, CA. If you have dental worries or fears, ask about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.

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