Tooth Extraction FAQs

Common Tooth Extraction FAQs

If the thought of having a tooth extracted makes your heart race and your palms sweat, you’re not alone. The term “tooth extraction” often evokes fear and anxiety in many dental patients. However, understanding the process and knowing what to expect can alleviate some of these concerns.

At Diablo Valley Implant Dentistry, Dr. Anthony Lizano and his dental team offer conscious IV sedation to patients with dental anxiety. Whether a tooth extraction is on the horizon or you’re simply looking to demystify this dental procedure, these tooth extraction FAQs that we have answered for the East Bay area patients will guide you through what you need to know.

How are teeth extracted?

Teeth extractions are performed with local anesthetic to numb the area, ensuring you feel no pain during the procedure. Our advanced trained surgeon, Dr. Anthony Lizano, uses specialized tools to carefully rock the tooth back and forth until it is freed from the ligaments that hold it in place.

Will my insurance cover my tooth extraction?

Coverage for tooth extractions varies with each dental insurance plan. Many plans cover a significant portion of the procedure, but you should consult with your insurance company directly to understand your coverage details and any possible copayments or deductibles.

Do I need to rest after tooth removal?

Absolutely. Resting is crucial following your tooth extraction. You should take it easy for at least 24 hours to allow a blood clot to securely form in the socket, which aids in proper healing and minimizes bleeding risks. Steer clear of exhaustive activities for a few days post-extraction.

When is a tooth extraction recommended?

Your general dentist may suggest a tooth extraction in scenarios such as severe tooth decay beyond repair, advanced periodontal disease, checking severe infection spread, addressing overcrowding, or dealing with impacted teeth. Assessments will be made to determine if extraction is necessary for maintaining dental health.

How long will the gum take to heal?

The initial healing phase where the socket closes up and no longer appears as an open wound usually takes about 1-2 weeks. However, complete healing can span up to six months since the bone and tissue in the area require time to fully recover.

Can I be put to sleep when undergoing dental extraction?

Indeed, for more complex or multiple extractions, or if you experience dental fear, we offer conscious IV sedation at Diablo Valley Implant Dentistry as well as local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Our dental team will ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during your procedure.

What can I expect after a tooth extraction?

Expect to have mild to moderate discomfort that can be managed with prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter pain relievers. Some swelling and residual bleeding within the first 24 hours is normal. We recommend that patients follow our post-extraction care instructions for a straightforward recovery process.

Schedule A Tooth Extraction Consultation

Contact our team at (925) 838-1109 to schedule a tooth extraction consult or to have any additional tooth extraction FAQs answered. Dr. Anthony Lizano performs tooth extractions for patients from throughout the East Bay including Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, and Walnut Creek.