Nobody relishes the idea of having a tooth pulled. Sometimes, however, teeth can become severely damaged or decayed in where the only treatment option is to remove the tooth. In other instances, teeth may need to be removed to accommodate implants, dentures, or other fixtures. Either way, it is crucial to seek a dentist with the knowledge necessary to ensure your comfort and maximize your safety. In Motion Dentists is pleased to offer tooth extraction services right here in La Verne, CA.

So What is a Tooth Extraction?

If your dentist ever tells you that you need to have a tooth extracted, it may be a little bit concerning. The reality is that this procedure is extremely common, and really nothing to worry about. The tooth extraction process simply involves a tooth being removed because it has become damaged,infected or because your dentist needs to prepare your mouth for further treatment.

There are different kinds of tooth extraction that we perform at In Motion Dentists; sometimes, a tooth can be removed cleanly and simply, while teeth that are broken may require a more complex procedure.

No matter the type of extraction you require, your dentist can provide you with numbing or sedation options to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.


Types of Tooth Extractions

Teeth can be pulled via simple extraction or surgical extraction. The type of extraction your dentist performs depends on the anatomy and the physical state of your tooth.

Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple tooth extractions are generally performed when the tooth in question is intact and the anatomy of the tooth is not complex. Typically, during simple extractions, the dentist is will numb the surrounding area, then loosen the tooth with an instrument known as an elevator. Once the tooth becomes mobile, the tooth is removed with forceps.

Surgical Tooth Extractions

Surgical tooth extractions may be required for more involved cases, such as when the tooth has been broken into multiple pieces, is brittle, is still below the gumline or has complex anatomy. Depending on the diagnosis of the tooth the dentist will either make an incision into the gumline to expose the tooth, use a surgical handpiece to cut the tooth into pieces and/or remove surrounding bone. These methods will allow the tooth to become mobile and be extracted with forceps.


Reasons Why a Tooth Extraction Might Be Necessary

At In Motion Dentists, our highest priority is always to save your natural teeth. In some situations, however, this may not be possible. There are several specific circumstances in which we might recommend you have the tooth pulled. The best way to know whether you need a tooth extraction is to come in for an evaluation in our La Verne office.

Some common reasons why an extraction might be necessary:

Serious Decay or Infection

When a tooth is badly infected or significantly decayed, it can often be salvaged with a root canal. When this is not an option, extraction may be the final course of action available.

Preparation for Dental Treatment

Sometimes, teeth may need to be removed to clear the way for orthodontic treatment , or to prepare the mouth for dental procedures such as implants, dentures, and bridges.

Lingering Baby Teeth

In some cases, children or adolescents have baby teeth that have not fallen out. Sometimes, they may need to be pulled to make room for the adult teeth to come in.

Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth come in and leave too little room in the mouth, the only solution may be to have them removed by a skilled dental health professional.


Meet Our Dentists

At In Motion Dentists, our entire team is committed to providing exemplary care and warm, friendly service. We have ample experience performing tooth extractions and other dental procedures throughout La Verne, CA. And we are well-known for the welcoming, family-friendly nature of our practice. Take a moment to get to know the In Motion Dentists team.


How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost in the Los Angeles, CA Area?

The cost of a tooth extraction can vary greatly, depending mostly on the type of extraction you require. The average cost of simple tooth extraction is less than $200, while a surgical tooth extraction may cost as high as $4,000. This higher price point reflects the need for anesthesia, and in some cases, for the use of an operating room. The best way to determine the cost of your tooth extraction is to meet with one of our dentists for a more individualized quote.

Will My Dental Insurance Cover Teeth Extraction?

Simple tooth extraction is generally considered to be a basic dental service. As such, many dental insurance plans will cover it, at least partially. Surgical teeth extraction may also be covered, especially if it is medically necessary. Of course, it is always smart to check the specific terms of your dental insurance policy.


What to Expect from a Tooth Extraction

The thought of getting a tooth removed may make you feel a little apprehensive, but there is really nothing to worry about. Allow us to walk you through the process.

The Initial Consultation

The first step in the process is meeting with a provider from In Motion Dentists. We will evaluate your tooth and walk you through the type of extraction it requires. We will also be happy to answer any of your questions, ensuring you feel totally comfortable and confident in the process.

Preparing for the Procedure

One critical step is getting X-rays taken, which will give your dentist a clearer sense of the tooth’s shape and positioning. This can help your dentist hone their approach, and ensure a quick, efficient extraction. Before the extraction, your dentist will also share the guidelines you need to know for aftercare and follow-ups.

Anesthesia Options

To ensure your comfort, In Motion Dentists provides a couple of different anesthesia options. Depending on the type of extraction, and your own comfort level, we may recommend IV anesthesia or something more localized.

IV Sedation

For surgical tooth extraction or for patients who are experiencing a lot of anxiety about their procedure, we are pleased to provide IV sedation options.

Local Anesthesia

For simple tooth extraction procedures, IV sedation may not be required. We can also provide localized anesthesia, keeping you out of pain and expediting the procedure.

During the Procedure

Once you have received your sedation and your dentist confirms that you are comfortable, it will be time for the tooth to be extracted. There should not be any pain during your tooth extraction, and our staff will be on hand to do whatever is necessary to ensure your comfort.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Many patients have questions about the tooth extraction timeline. For a simple extraction involving a single tooth, the entire process may take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. The process can take longer if it involves multiple teeth, or if you require surgical extraction. Talk to your dentist for a more individualized estimate.

Does a Tooth Extraction Hurt?

Our aim is for your tooth extraction to be painless. Some patients report feeling a sense of pressure, but you should never feel actual pain. If you do encounter pain during your extraction, be sure to let your dentist know. Your level of anesthesia can be adjusted as necessary.


Recovery from a Tooth Extraction Procedure: The Process

It is important to talk with your dentist in advance, ensuring you understand the aftercare requirements. Here are some general guidelines about recovery from a tooth extraction.

  • What is the Tooth Extraction Recovery Time? How Long to Heal?

    The amount of time it takes to heal may range from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. You may experience some oozing and bleeding from the tooth socket, but this usually subsides within 12 to 24 hours. Your biggest job during the recovery period will be preventing infection, which you can do by abstaining from smoking, and avoiding brushing/mouthwash near the extraction site for the first 24 hours.

  • How Long Should I Expect to Be Out of Work or School?

    While every patient’s experience is unique, most people who come in for a tooth extraction feel ready to return to work within two or three days.

  • Will I Be Able to Eat Immediately After a Tooth Extraction?

    You will need to leave your gauze bandage in place for about an hour. After that, you may remove it and have something to eat. For the first 24 hours, stick with soft foods or liquids. We would also recommend staying away from hot foods and drinks. And avoid drinking from a straw for those first 24 hours.

  • How Long Will the Pain Last and What Can I Do for Pain Management?

    You can anticipate a little pain and soreness for a little while; usually, it lasts just for two or three days, but in some instances may persist for up to two weeks. You can usually manage it with over-the-counter pain remedies, and also with the use of an ice pack. You can also ask your dentist about a prescription pain remedy.


In-Home Dental Care Also Available

At In Motion Dentists, we are passionate about making dental care accessible to everyone, including those who are elderly, those who are disabled, and those who live in assisted living centers. We can provide a full range of services, including tooth extraction, through our house-call dentistry team. Contact our office for more information.


La Verne’s Ideal Choice for In-Office and Mobile Dental Care

Sometimes, tooth extraction is a good way to ensure your oral health and to preserve the integrity of your smile. Make sure you choose a dentist with adequate knowledge and experience to keep you comfortable, and who strives for optimal results. To schedule an appointment with In Motion Dentists in La Verne, CA, reach out to us directly. We offer services to patients in Los Angeles County and the surrounding Southern California areas, including Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.