Dental Extractions in Berkeley
Having a tooth removed can seem intimidating, but working with a dental team you trust can make all the difference. If you need a dental extraction, Berkeley Dentistry will provide treatment with skill and compassion to help you get back to your best oral health. Dr. Ricky Singh and our team do all we can to help you feel confident in your treatment every step of the way.
Whether you need an extraction to remove a damaged tooth or to make room for an implant denture, you can count on us to provide care that’s precise and effective. We offer sedation options to help you receive the care you need with greater comfort and less stress. To find out how we can help you take the next steps to a healthier smile, contact our office and schedule your visit today.
CALL US: (510) 524-6234 REQUEST APPOINTMENT
Over 65? Find Out How Medicare May Help with Your Treatment
Medicare can help you afford the cost of various dental treatments, but you may not know if you qualify or how to access your Medicare plan benefits. Dr. Singh is a certified Medicare provider. Our team will work with you to help you qualify for treatment coverage whenever possible. Speak with our friendly staff to learn more about Medicare coverage options for your extraction treatment.
Do I Need an Extraction?
We try to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. However, sometimes a tooth may be too damaged to save. In those cases, we may recommend an extraction to provide a wider range of treatment options and promote your long-term oral health.
Here are five common reasons an extraction might be the best choice:
- A tooth is severely cracked or broken
- A previous root canal treatment has failed
- A severe tooth infection is at risk of spreading
- A tooth has become loose due to gum disease and jawbone loss
- You need a tooth removed to make space for dentures or implants
Extractions can be a valuable treatment but must be considered carefully. Dr. Singh will always perform a thorough exam and gather all the facts before recommending extraction. He takes time to answer your questions and explain your options so that you can decide together if an extraction is the right path for you.
The Process for Tooth Extractions in Berkeley
Once we’ve determined an extraction is needed, we can typically complete the procedure in a single visit. To prepare, Dr. Singh will use digital x-rays and other imaging technology to evaluate the tooth and devise a plan for a successful extraction.
At the start of the procedure, the dentist will numb the area and provide you with sedation as needed. He will then remove the selected tooth or teeth and place gauze to protect the affected tissue while it heals. Depending on your situation, Dr. Singh may provide additional treatment in the same appointment, such as a bone graft to prepare the jaw for dental implants.
Sedation Dentistry to Help Make Extractions Comfortable
We know that visiting our Berkeley dentist for an extraction can be stressful, especially if you’re dealing with other oral health problems. That’s why our team does everything we can to make this an easier experience for you. On top of our gentle and compassionate chairside manner, we provide two levels of dental sedation, allowing you to choose the one that helps you feel relaxed during your treatment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide delivers a light sedation effect that you may find helpful during treatment. The sedation helps you relax and can reduce or even eliminate feelings of anxiety during a tooth extraction. You remain awake, alert, and able to communicate with the dentist. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly after treatment, so you won’t feel groggy afterward.
Oral Conscious Sedation: This option offers a deeper level of sedation for a more comfortable treatment experience. You’ll receive a small pill to take the night before and another just before your procedure. The sedation helps you feel calm, and while it doesn’t put you to sleep, many patients feel comfortable enough to doze off during treatment. You’ll likely have no memory of the procedure afterward. We recommend you have someone who can drive you to and from the treatment, as it can take some time before the effect wears off.
Treatment Options After an Extraction
Having a tooth removed doesn’t have to negatively impact your oral health. There are numerous options for replacing missing teeth following an extraction, and Berkeley Dentistry can help you decide which one is the right fit for you. Depending on the number of teeth that need replacing, you may consider a dental bridge, which can replace up to three teeth. You can also choose a partial or full denture, which can replace up to an entire arch.
Our practice also offers dental implants, an effective option that replaces both the crown and the tooth root. Dental implants are highly versatile and can renew everything from a single tooth to an entire smile. We even offer All-on-4® implant placement for patients who qualify, which can support an entire prosthetic arch on just four implant posts.
Dr. Singh can discuss potential replacement opportunities with you while planning your extraction treatment. He’ll help you understand what would best suit your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Reliable Extractions in Berkeley
If you need a dental extraction, it helps to know that you have a qualified and compassionate team providing your care. At Berkeley Dentistry, Dr. Ricky Singh and his team are passionate about helping you enjoy better oral health through effective dental extractions. Don’t spend another day dealing with the distress of a painful or damaged tooth. Contact our practice to schedule your visit today.
CALL US: (510) 524-6234 REQUEST APPOINTMENT