Tooth Extractions – Rio Rancho, NM

Gentle & Compassionate Tooth Removal

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Dr. Ranjbaran and our team always strive to help patients retain their natural smile. However, some circumstances can arise that make it necessary for us to remove one or more teeth. If you need to undergo tooth extractions, be assured that we will handle the procedure with gentleness and compassion. Our goal is to get your oral health back on track as efficiently as possible! Contact our Rio Rancho office today to learn more about this restorative procedure .

Why Choose Southwest Dental for Tooth Extractions?

  • Sedation Available to Enhance Patient Comfort
  • Empathetic & Compassionate Dental Team
  • Able to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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There are several reasons why Dr. R may recommend that one or more teeth be removed:

  • A tooth is so damaged or decayed that it would be impossible or impractical to preserve it.
  • More space is necessary in the mouth for dentures or orthodontia.
  • One of a child’s primary (baby) teeth has overstayed its welcome and may pose a threat to incoming adult teeth.
  • A tooth is impacted (this is often true of wisdom teeth).
  • A tooth is infected, and removing it is the best way to prevent the infection from spreading into nearby tissues.
  • Severe gum disease has caused one or more teeth to become loose.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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Tooth removal is usually a straightforward procedure. First, we numb your mouth. In some cases, we also administer sedation. Once you are comfortable, we use an instrument called an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket. Next, we grip the tooth with forceps and wiggle it back and forth to break the connective tissues holding it in place. To finish, we clean out the socket and place gauze to control bleeding.

If a tooth is impacted or there are other complicating factors, the procedure may require that we create incisions in the gums or break the tooth into pieces in order to remove it.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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Here are some steps you can take to facilitate a smooth recovery after your extraction procedure:

  • Take any medications as prescribed by our team.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not drink through a straw.
  • Keep your head propped up with pillows while you sleep.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a soft diet.
  • After the first 24 hours, regularly rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

You should also be sure to attend all recommended follow-up appointments. In all likelihood, timely tooth replacement will be necessary to protect your long-term oral health. A bridge or dental implant may be able to prevent issues like dental drift and future tooth loss.