Extractions Specialist

When a damaged tooth or wisdom teeth are causing a person discomfort, it can have a dramatic effect on a person's quality of life. At Westborough Dental Care, the doctor and her staff encourage California residents who live in the South San Francisco area to visit the office if they begin to experience tooth pain. Dr. Kristina Zoulas has several years of experience with both dental anatomy and tooth extractions and will help resolve any dental pain.

Extractions Q & A

by Kristina Zoulas, D.D.S.

When should a tooth be extracted?

A tooth should be extracted when it becomes diseased, decayed, or broken to the point where it cannot be repaired. When a tooth reaches that particular state of damage, it can disrupt a person's health in other areas, sometimes leading to infection or abscesses. When it comes to wisdom teeth, dentists will often recommend extraction if the person's mouth is too small or if the teeth are coming in at an odd angle that's putting pressure on the jaw bone or nearby teeth. If the wisdom teeth become impacted, they may need to be surgically removed. Larger teeth that must be removed through a smaller space are often broken and the pieces removed one at a time.

When do wisdom teeth normally begin to appear?

Wisdom teeth can appear anytime between the late teens and early 30s. Most people begin to notice their appearance in their mid-20s, although they may begin to feel their mouth change long before the wisdom teeth try to erupt through the gums. People who have more than enough room for the wisdom teeth to fit comfortably in their mouth may not even realize the teeth have come in unless they feel a slight tenderness as the teeth come through the surface of the gums. If there isn't enough room, the teeth may become lodged between nearby teeth and the jaw bone, causing an infection of the gums.

Is a tooth extraction a surgical procedure?

In most cases, a tooth extraction simply involves pulling the tooth. If a tooth breaks and part of it is still below the surface of the gum line, then a surgical procedure may be needed to sufficiently remove the rest of the tooth and prevent an infection or abscess. Wisdom teeth that have completely erupted through the gums may be able to be pulled without incident. If any part of the tooth is lodged or impacted, Dr. Zoulas may have to excise the tissue and break the tooth into multiple pieces so that it can be removed without damaging other teeth in the area. Surgically removing the wisdom teeth may also help prevent injury to the jaw bone, especially if the root of the tooth is attached in any way.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Zoulas' practice is the ultimate definition of dental integrity... I am blessed to have all my family members being taken care by Dr. Zoulas and group."

    Dickson A.
  • Vitals

    "Had two fillings replaced and Dr. Zoulas was super gentle and efficient. Was done in 30 minutes and felt zero pain."

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    "What a wonderful job you did on my new implant! The process was painless and the results are amazing. Don't even know it's an implant. It looks real and feels great."

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    "Every time I go for a dentist appointment it is a pleasant experience. I appreciate her personal concern for me as a patient.... she is by far the best."

    John D.
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    "Dr. Zoulas is fast, efficient, professional and fun. Louis is also very professional and puts you right at ease. The office staff is great. I highly recommend them."

    Maria C.
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    "If I could give more stars, I would! The staff here are amazing! So gentle and kind... My time there was smooth and efficient and they didn't make me wait at all."

    Lina N.
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    "I have been a patient for over 25 years. My appointment was for two filling upgrades and it was painless... Dr. Zoulas and Louis took excellent care of me!"

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Westborough Dental Care
3550 Callan Blvd
South San Francisco , CA 94080
Phone: 650-830-5252
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