Tooth extractions occur for a variety of reasons. This procedure typically happens when a damaged or decayed tooth needs to be removed. Damage or decay typically occurs as a result of trauma or periodontal disease, which affects the gums and oral health. Tooth extractions are also common when you have a mouth prone to overcrowding because of large teeth or a small jaw.
Dr. Adamous, Dr. Sonnichsen, and our staff prefer to be conservative when it comes to removing teeth or compromising the original structure of the jaw and gums. We guarantee we will not recommend a procedure unless it is best for your health and wellness. If a tooth is compromised and cannot be saved, extraction is necessary to prevent infection.
The removal of one tooth can lead to problems like shifting teeth, and can also cause difficulty chewing or moving the jaw. To avoid complications, our professionals will discuss alternatives as well as the possible replacement of the removed tooth.
The Extraction Process
Our process is effective and comes with the least amount of pain possible in the situation. We provide a local anesthetic to the gums and jawbone so you don’t feel the extraction. During the procedure, it’s normal to feel some pressure, but there should be no pain. Some teeth may require sectioning to facilitate removal. During this procedure, the tooth will be cut into multiple pieces and removed one section at a time.
Sectioning a Tooth
Sectioning might sound scary but is a common procedure. It needs to be done when a tooth is firmly anchored in the socket or the root is curved and the dentist is unable to remove the entire tooth through the socket.
After Tooth Extraction
Once a tooth is removed, you need to allow the blood to clot in the wound to help stop bleeding and facilitate the healing process. We provide extensive aftercare and instructions to ensure you know what to do, and we are also always available for follow up questions to serve the needs of our patients.
It’s normal to experience some pain and swelling. Swelling can be treated with ice packs in the first 36 hours, at which point you should switch to using warm, damp towels. Take medication as prescribed and contact us if the pain or swelling does not subside after 48 hours.
Remember to drink healthy fluids like water, juice, or tea. Eat soft nutritious foods like bananas following extraction, and rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day 24 hours after the removal. After 24 hours, please try to return to your normal dental routine for optimal health and wellness.
Contact Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to schedule your initial consultation. During the initial consultation, we will assess your situation and create a customized course of treatment that suits your needs and oral health.