Tooth extraction might not be something you’d have at the top of your list for recreation, but in the hands of a skilled dentist with the right anesthetic, it is a painless way to upgrade your oral health and prevent major dental problems later.
The team of experts at Wilshire Smile Studio, including a leading oral surgeon, will do everything they can to preserve your natural teeth, from keeping the gums that hold them in place healthy to performing root canals to clean out deep infection.
But there are cases when the best way to preserve the health of the rest of your mouth is to remove a tooth. Some of the conditions include:
Wilshire Smile Studio has a team of experts and the latest tools to make extraction easy:
First, we take a digital x-ray (which uses a tiny amount of radiation) to show what the tooth looks like under the gum and the amount of bone underlying it. The shape might require a special approach, such as dividing the tooth in two before removal.
Second, we take a 3-D CT scan to provide a more detailed view of the teeth and nerves to determine the exact course our oral surgeon should take.
Third, before the operation, a topical numbing solution is applied and a local injection to be fixed simply, then you will have your choice of further anesthesia through nitrous oxide, partial sedation with a mild benzodiazepine pill, or a stronger or an intravenous drip. Afterward, you will be prescribed the appropriate pain medication to be taken for a short time before switching to over-the-counter options.
Once the surgery is completed, we will give you a gauze pad to bite on for 30-60 minutes or until a blood clot is formed. We will instruct you that an ice pack or even a bag of frozen vegetables should be applied to the area to keep swelling to a minimum, which subsides after 48 hours.
You should drink lots of fluids and only eat soft, nutritious foods (avoid hard or crunchy foods like nuts and popcorn) for two or three days, and avoid drinking through a straw, spitting, or smoking (resume normal habits when comfortable).
Call now to make an appointment to have your oral health evaluated, including any need for oral surgical services: 323-DENTIST (336-8478).