Solutions for Troublesome Teeth
Extractions in Point Loma
Our goal at Lighthouse Dental is always to save your natural teeth. However, it may not be possible to treat a seriously decayed or damaged tooth with a dental crown, or your wisdom teeth may be growing in improperly. In these cases, the best option is often to extract the tooth. At Lighthouse Dental, we offer gentle tooth extractions with sedation in Point Loma, Ocean Beach, and Old Town. Schedule your consultation to get started today!
We Specialize in
Basic tooth extractions are quick, easy, and simply involve loosening the tooth with specialized dental tools. At Lighthouse Dental, Dr. Amin also specializes in surgical extractions for more complex cases. A surgical extraction may be necessary if the tooth is broken, has not fully erupted, or has been driven back into its socket. We always ensure that you feel safe, calm, and comfortable throughout the process because we believe that every dental appointment should be a positive experience.
Extracting Wisdom Teeth
And Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are our last set of molars, and they usually start to emerge between the ages of 17-25. Most people do not have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to emerge properly. This means that when they grow in, they may cause pain and discomfort, or even become impacted.
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that has not fully emerged from the gum. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful, and can cause permanent damage to the surrounding teeth. They can also cause tooth infections and other serious complications. For these reasons, wisdom tooth extraction is recommended for many patients.
The symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth can include red or swollen gums, bleeding from the gums around the tooth, jaw pain, swelling, bad breath, and difficulty opening or closing your mouth properly. If you notice these issues around your rear teeth, it is best to come in for a consultation to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Because impacted wisdom teeth have not fully emerged from the gum line, a basic extraction usually cannot be used to remove impacted wisdom teeth. Instead, a surgical extraction is required. Dr. Amin will clean and numb your mouth and make a small incision in the gum, near the impacted tooth. Through this incision, Dr. Amin will be able to access the tooth, and cut it into small pieces, which will be removed from your mouth. Once all of the tooth material has been removed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut.
Advanced Technology, Better Results
3D CBCT X-Rays
We use 3D CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) x-rays to get a 3-dimensional view of your teeth, your gums, and your jaw. This helps Dr. Amin plan your extraction more effectively, ensuring a fast, simple, and easy process.
At Lighthouse Dental
If you are located in Point Loma and suspect that you may need an extraction, give us a call at (619) 224-2204 or stop by our office at 3625 Midway Drive, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92110. Dr. Amin will walk you through a simple, honest consultation and answer any questions you may have about your dental health or recommended treatments.