In some cases, it may be determined that removing a tooth is the best way to preserve one’s oral health. This procedure is known simply as a tooth extraction. Teeth are removed for many different reasons. But in most cases, the tooth is simply too damaged to be properly restored, or it is causing major problems for other teeth. Our experts always work to make sure that the tooth extraction process is as easy as possible for the patient so that they can focus strictly on improving their oral health following the procedure.
The first step to removing a tooth is to take digital X-rays of the area. This will help us determine the safest possible way to remove the tooth. Before conducting the extraction, a local anesthetic will be applied to the tooth and its surrounding structures. This will numb the location and ensure that the patient experiences minimal pain during the extraction. We also offer other forms of sedation that can be provided if needed.
Most patients find that the extraction process is painless, though they may feel some pressure at the extraction site.
Once the tooth is out, the patient must bite down on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes. This is done to control the bleeding. Soon, a blood clot will have formed at the extraction site. The patient must be very careful not to disturb this blood clot in any way, as doing so could cause severe bleeding. The patient must be particularly careful in the 24 hours following the procedure. This includes not using drugs or alcohol, using a straw, rinsing vigorously or participating in any intensive exercise.
To encourage healing, we will advise the patient to use an icepack on the outer cheek near the extraction site. An ice pack should be applied for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. After the swelling has subsided, a warm compress can then be used to provide comfort. The patient should rinse out the area with warm salt water rinses in the days following the procedure. This will keep the extraction site clean, and it can provide comfort as well. The patient should also make sure to avoid any tough or chewy foods following the procedure.
New Image Dentist also provides wisdom teeth removals. A person’s wisdom teeth typically develop when they are in their late teens or early twenties. Because of the major problems they can present, almost everyone has their wisdom teeth removed at some point. Having them taken out early is very important, as they can be more difficult to remove as they develop further. Our experts always keep a close eye on the dental development of teens and young adults so that it can be best determined when to remove their wisdom teeth.
The process for removing a person’s wisdom teeth is typically more intensive than most other procedures. We offer various forms of sedation to help ensure that the process is as easy for the patient as possible. These forms of sedation include oral sedation, laughing gas, IV sedation and local anesthesia. After the procedure is complete, the patient will require about a week of recovery time before their mouth returns to normal. During this recovery time, tough and chewy foods should be avoided.
Our experts will work to ensure that your tooth extraction experience is as easy and as painless as possible. Please call us at (714) 706-3466 to schedule an appointment.