Extraction Specialist

Armen Kupelian, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Rohnert Park, CA

By the age of 50, Americans lose an average of 12 teeth, including wisdom teeth. Whether you need a tooth extraction due to damage, decay, or some other reason, having an experienced dentist is important. At Armen Kupelian DDS, Inc. in Rohnert Park, California, Dr. Kupelian has three decades of experience with tooth extractions and knows what it takes to keep you safe and comfortable. Click the online scheduler or call the office to book your gentle extraction now.

Extraction Q & A

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is the removal of an adult tooth or, less commonly, a baby tooth. In many cases, a root canal can remove the bad part of the tooth and save the healthy part. But when the damage is too severe, you may need an extraction.

There are two general types of tooth extractions:

Simple extraction

In a simple extraction, you still have a visible tooth above your gum line. Dr. Kupelian removes the tooth using the crown, and the roots anchored in the alveolar bone come out along with it.

Surgical extraction

In a surgical extraction, your tooth isn’t visible because it’s broken off beneath the gum line or never erupted at all. Dr. Kupelian makes an incision in your gums to remove the tooth and the attached roots.

Most tooth extractions are simple extractions, but surgical extraction is often necessary for wisdom teeth or some cases of tooth trauma. Because Dr. Kupelian administers anesthesia around the tooth, you’ll feel totally numb during the extraction.

When would I need a tooth extraction?

There are several situations that can call for a tooth extraction, including:

  • Irreparable tooth damage or decay
  • Wisdom teeth pain or impaction
  • Overcrowded teeth

Dr. Kupelian and the dental team always try to save natural teeth, so they only recommend tooth extraction when it’s the best option for your particular situation.

How do I take care of a tooth socket after an extraction?

Recovery guidelines after a tooth extraction typically include:

  • External ice packs for discomfort
  • Medication as prescribed
  • Avoid using a straw
  • Avoid smoking
  • Use a saltwater rinse starting the next day
  • Elevate your head while sleeping
  • Brush and floss normally, avoiding the tooth socket

After tooth extraction, the dental care team usually recommends eating a soft diet for a day or two before returning to your usual eating habits. Avoid biting down on the extraction site as much as possible for 7-10 days until you’re fully healed.

With the team at Armen Kupelian DDS, Inc. taking care of you, there’s no reason to fear or delay necessary tooth extractions. Click the online booking button or call the office to set up your appointment now.