In our most recent blog, we discussed the many types of services that can be offered by an endodontist and oral surgeon. At Riverside Dental Group in California, we know that any surgical dental work can cause patients to feel uneasy. That is why it is important to educate our patients so that they can be confident in their treatment plan. Today, we are going to take a closer look at how a tooth extraction can save your smile.
When Is A Removal Necessary?
Having healthy teeth is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. If you have a compromised tooth, we will do our best to restore it to good condition. Unfortunately, though, sometimes a restoration does not fix the problem. If you have a tooth that is damaged beyond repair, an overcrowded smile or have an impacted tooth – such as your third molars – it is the best practice to extract the problem before it worsens.
How Does An Extraction Work?
Many dental practices will refer you to another office for oral surgery. At our offices, we have an oral surgeon so that you can feel comfortable in a space with which you are familiar. Once you have had your consultation and discussed your options, we will schedule your removal.
First, you will be numbed with local anesthesia. This allows you to be at ease and the oral surgeon can do their work without disturbance. An incision will be made to show the full tooth. Then it will be pulled from the socket. The area will be cleaned and then stitches will be placed. Usually, gauze will also be placed to minimize the blood.
Recovering From This Procedure
Your healing process will depend on factors such as how many teeth were removed, location, and your health. We recommend that a friend or family member drive you to and from this procedure since you will be sedated, and it may take several hours for the effects to wear off. The dentist will give you specific care instructions based on your procedure, but here is a general set of rules to follow:
-Do not drink through a straw
-Eat softer foods
-Use an ice pack to keep swelling down
In a few weeks, you should be fully healed. If you have any questions or concerns, always call your dentist.
Call Us Today!
If you have an impacted tooth that is causing you pain or sensitivity, we can help you.
To schedule an appointment, call any of our dental offices near you:
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.