Extractions Done By General Dentistry Los Angeles
When a tooth can’t be saved, it needs to be extracted to preserve the health of the rest of your mouth. You’re probably aware that a deep cavity or infection that can’t be treated with a root canal requires an extraction. There are other reasons for extraction that you may be less familiar with, such as advanced gum disease, broken teeth, or even crowding caused by extra teeth. Our dental professionals may also recommend an extraction before orthodontic work, or to improve the fit of dentures or partial dentures.
Fortunately, an extraction is no longer a procedure to fear. At Wilshire Smile Studio, your comfort is a priority. We offer a range of sedation techniques and numbing agents to make sure we suit your needs. We can provide local anesthetic injections, nitrous oxide, or full sedation, depending on your preferences and our doctor’s recommendations.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Many times, wisdom teeth, the final set of molars to emerge, are no problem at all; you just need to take a little extra care to make sure you reach them when you brush and floss. However, sometimes there isn’t enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to come out. When that is the case, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they are trapped by the jaw, gums, and surrounding teeth and are unable to grow properly.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and are extremely vulnerable to infection. They can also cause bleeding and swelling of the gums and crowding of the other teeth, pushing them out of proper alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can even cause bad breath and headaches. Dr. Elyassi can consult with you on whether a wisdom tooth extraction is right for you — it’s often better to go ahead and do them early, before the roots have fully bonded with the jawbone, and stop problems before they start.
What Should I Expect When I Have a Tooth Extracted?
As always, your health and comfort are our top priorities. First, our dental professionals will take X-rays of your mouth to make sure they have a clear understanding of your case. Then they will explain what needs to be done and give you a chance to ask questions about why they recommend an extraction and what will happen during the procedure itself. Our Dental Professionals will also talk about your options for anesthetics or sedation. You may prefer just a local (and highly effective) anesthetic, or you may decide you would rather have an intravenous injection and be fully sedated. Most patients recover in just a day or two.
What is a Bone Graft?
Teeth are anchored in your jawbone. When you have a tooth extracted, the bone that used to surround the tooth will start to decrease. Essentially, the foundation for properly anchoring a replacement tooth begins to disappear.
A bone graft solves that problem. If your dental professional determines a bone graft is right for you, our dental professional will place one inside the empty socket immediately after your extraction. This will stimulate bone growth. The bone graft will become a part of your new bone and will not need to be removed.
How Should I Take Care of my Mouth After I Have a Tooth Extracted?
After a your procedure, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort and swelling. You can help alleviate that by using an ice pack for about 20 minutes after the tooth is pulled. You may also experience some light bleeding. It will help to put some pressure on the area. Try rolling up some gauze, putting it over the empty socket, and biting down. Make sure you feel some pressure when you bite down, and leave the gauze in for about 45 minutes. If you prefer, you can try putting a moistened tea bag over the area instead. For the first two days, you shouldn’t drink through a straw or spit, and you absolutely must not smoke. Avoid hard or crunchy food like nuts and popcorn for the first few days as well.
24 hours after your procedure, you can start rinsing the area with warm salt water. You can also brush the area gently with a soft-bristle brush. And, of course, you should carefully follow the instructions for any antibiotics that Dr. Elyassi prescribes for you. Be sure to read the label and ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.