Tooth Extraction Specialist

Roland Elazegui, DMD -  - General Dentist


Roland Elazegui, DMD

General Dentist located in Milpitas, CA

When you require tooth extraction because of damage, overcrowding, or infection, you’re in hands you can trust at EDental. Roland Elazegui, DMD is an experienced dentist offering a full range of minimally-invasive dental services like tooth extraction to the communities of San Jose, Fremont, and the Bay Area. For a tooth extraction in a family-oriented environment where your comfort is a priority, call EDental in Milpitas, California or schedule an appointment online.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

by Roland Elazegui, DMD

What is tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction involves removing your entire tooth — including the root — from its socket in your jaw. Dr. Elazegui might recommend a tooth extraction for several reasons, including:

  • An irreparable loose tooth
  • Extensive, irreversible damage
  • Overcrowding in your mouth
  • Baby teeth that aren’t falling out
  • Preparing for orthodontic treatments
  • Severely infected teeth

Wisdom tooth removal is a common tooth extraction.

Why are wisdom teeth extracted?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often extracted because they can cause a variety of dental problems including impaction.

An impacted tooth is stuck in your jaw bone. This impaction causes gum irritation, swelling, and pain. When wisdom teeth come in, they can also shift your teeth out of alignment, resulting in mouth pain, crooked teeth, and bite problems.

Dr. Elazegui uses X-rays to monitor your wisdom teeth and determine if they require extraction. He typically removes wisdom teeth before they come in, during your late teens or early 20s.

What can I expect during my tooth extraction?

Dr. Elazegui uses X-ray imaging so he can develop the best strategy and decide whether to perform a simple or surgical extraction.

Simple tooth extraction

Dr. Elazegui performs simple tooth extraction when the targeted tooth is easy to see. First, he loosens the tooth. Then, he removes it with a forceps.

Surgical tooth extraction

If your teeth are more challenging to remove, such as impacted wisdom teeth or those hidden beneath the gumline, Dr. Elazegui uses surgical tooth extraction. During this procedure, he creates a small incision in your gum to access your tooth.

Dr. Elazegui performs many tooth extractions using injections of local anesthetic. Other procedures like wisdom tooth extractions might require general anesthesia to ensure your comfort. He discusses the best anesthesia option for your procedure before your tooth extraction.

Post-extraction care might include medications, like anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, or antibiotics, and a soft-food diet. Dr. Elazegui provides detailed instructions depending on the type of extraction you have.

Call EDental or schedule an appointment for a tooth extraction online today.