Tooth extraction is a procedure wherein a tooth is removed. If you leave a tooth untreated, it can continue to cause you pain and damage your other teeth. A tooth that is impacted, or stuck in the gums, can cause pain, swelling, and infection. A tooth that is severely decayed can infect the jawbone and gums around it, and this can cause pain and swelling.
When Is an Extraction Needed?
If a tooth is damaged too badly, it may need to be extracted. It may be damaged due to trauma, decay, or infection. If the damage is severe, the tooth cannot be repaired and an extraction may be the best option.
If a tooth is impacted, it may need to be extracted. An impacted tooth means the tooth did not fully erupt through the gum line, and it will often cause pain and other problems.
What Should I Expect During Extraction?
Before the procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic, which will numb the area. This may come in the form of a pill that you’ll take or an injection. You may also receive a sedative if you’re feeling anxious about the procedure.
Once you’re numb, the extraction will begin. The dentist will remove the tooth using forceps. You may feel some pressure, but the dentist will make sure you are comfortable.
After the procedure, your dentist may give you gauze to bite on to control bleeding. You’ll want to bite on the gauze for 30 to 45 minutes to ensure there is no bleeding.
Aftercare Instructions Following an Extraction
Once you are home, make sure to avoid brushing the extraction site. You can rinse your mouth gently, but be extra careful not to touch the extraction site. Avoid spitting, and don’t eat any hard foods or candies. Stick to a soft diet for the next few days.
You can also take over-the-counter pain medications to help manage any pain or discomfort.
To learn more about our extractions, visit our Daniel Tebbi, D.M.D. office at 16661 Ventura Blvd Ste 620, Encino, CA 91436. You can also reach us at (818) 789-2034.