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Omid Barkhordar, DDS
Once a tooth has suffered some type of trauma or impact or if it has seriously decayed, it may be necessary to conduct an extraction. Removing a tooth can help preserve your other remaining teeth and can also help in spreading infection.
Why Extract a Tooth?
A tooth will need to be extracted if it has badly decayed to the point where there are no possible treatment procedures to restore it. This can occur when the decay spreads deep into the pulp. With situations that may be severe, an extraction can stop the spread of infection to your other teeth.
Severe gum disease can lead to tooth distraction. If the gum tissue if affected and loosens the tooth, extracting it can be the best method to restore overall oral health.
For some people, mostly pediatric patients, the jaw may be too small to support growing teeth, or wisdom teeth. A tooth can be extracted so that the other teeth have enough room without crowding or misalignment.
What to Expect in A Tooth Extraction at Our Downey Office
We take exceptional care when extracting a tooth as we practice the best forms of gentle dentistry. You will not experience any pain during the procedure as the infected area will be completely numbed. For those who need multiple extractions, a higher dose of medication may be given.
Every case is different and every extraction is carefully planned according to the condition of the patient. For impacted teeth (wisdom tooth cannot grow in and becomes stuck under the gum or is partially broken through the gum), the tissue or bone holding the tooth in place must be removed. The tooth is then gently rocked to separate from the jaw so it can be extracted. For some cases, the tooth may be extracted in smaller pieces. The area is then stitched with self-dissolving sutures, the gauze is then placed over the area to control bleeding, which stop after a couple hours or so after the procedure.
Recovery from a Tooth Extraction
Guidelines will be provided to you that explain how to care for your mouth after extraction in order to have a fast and smooth recovery. The recovery period can take about two weeks to fully heal. Plenty of rest is highly recommended and limit your activities so that your body is focused on healing. Dr. Barkhordar will prescribe pain medication so that you are comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Gauzes and ice reduces the swelling which will need to be used frequently. You can only eat soft foods during the first stages of the healing process. Soft foods including mashed potatoes, yogurt, pudding, or other soft foods. Do not use straws, spit forcefully, or rinse your mouth forcefully. The blood clot that forms over the extraction must remain in place. You can brush and floss as normal taking care to avoid the healing area. Discomfort, bleeding and swelling for 24 hours is completely normal after extraction. However, if you are experiencing severe bleeding or feelings of nausea, you must call us immediately.
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If you need a tooth extraction, let the family at Downey Dental Arts take care of you. We practice gentle dentistry and provide all the information you need before, during and after the procedure. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
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