Adult teeth are supposed to last throughout your life. Sometimes, though, tooth removal is necessary to prevent oral and general health complications. At Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and the Silicon Valley, with offices in Sunnyvale and Monterey, California, Jochen Pechak DDS, MSA, offers safe and minimally invasive extractions to avoid spreading decay and misalignment. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online if you have a bothersome tooth that needs pulling.
Although it’s not usually the first line of treatment, tooth removal is sometimes the best course of action for a diseased tooth. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay are all things that can lead to the need for an extraction.
Specific issues that could call for a tooth removal are:
Everyone’s situation is different. Dr. Pechak takes the time to evaluate your case and provide the most minimally invasive solution possible.
Dr. Pechak offers the most minimally invasive tooth removal possible. Teeth can be removed using Dr. Pechak’s unique trained methods of minimally invasive techniques:
Simple extractions are done when the majority of the tooth can still be seen inside your mouth. Dr. Pechak prefers to use an instrument and technique known as the Piezoelectric Instrument. This UltraSonic-like method only focuses on hard matter, such as the root of the tooth, and similar to light laser therapy, the Piezoelectric procedure leaves any pink tissue undisturbed.
A surgical extraction is required if you have a tooth that’s broken off at your gumline or is impacted, meaning it hasn’t come through the surface of your gums. Dr. Pechak makes a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. If you can feel your wisdom teeth with your tongue, you may qualify for a minimally invasive wisdom tooth removal.
Dr. Pechak gives you a local anesthetic during tooth removal, so you don’t feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. With some extractions, like wisdom teeth removal, he can offer you moderate IV or oral sedation. This leaves you alert enough to follow verbal prompts but unaware of the work being done on your mouth.
If you plan to get a dental implant in the future, or if you wish to avoid shifting of your current teeth after a tooth removal, Dr. Pechak can place a bone graft to preserve your jawbone. Shifting of healthy neighboring teeth after tooth removal is a common occurrence which can result in loss over time, something we work hard to prevent in our patients.
In many cases, the loss of a single tooth causes your body to resorb the supporting bone. This can shift your bite, compromising the health and integrity of your surrounding teeth. A bone graft maintains your bone structure and health.
Your healing will depend on your body’s personal healing track and the type of extraction done.
With a simple extraction, new bone and gum tissue grow into space where the tooth used to be. Until that area has healed completely, you’ll have some discomfort and difficulty chewing.
Surgical extractions take longer to heal — usually 7-14 days. You’ll need to follow all the directions provided by your dentist to ensure the area heals correctly, and you don’t experience complications like infection or dry socket.
Trust Dr. Pechak and the team at Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and the Silicon Valley if you need a tooth removed. Call the office or schedule online today.