If you develop severe tooth decay or your wisdom teeth become impacted, you might benefit from a tooth extraction. At the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, in Torrance, California, the team regularly performs tooth extractions on both adults and children. If you’re experiencing a toothache or suspect you may need an extraction for any other reason, make an appointment by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.
Tooth extraction is a type of oral surgery that involves your dentist removing one or more of your teeth with dental forceps. Your dentist performs tooth extraction as a simple outpatient procedure.
Prior to removing your tooth, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. If you suffer from dental anxiety, your dentist can also combine your local anesthetic with sedation dentistry.
The most common type of tooth extraction is wisdom tooth extraction. Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, break through your gumline when you’re between the ages of 17-21. Because they come in later than all of your other teeth, they’re more likely to become impacted. If your wisdom teeth become impacted, it means they can’t break through your gums without pushing up against your surrounding teeth.
You might also benefit from tooth extraction if you develop severe tooth decay or an infection. The dentists at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, always try to preserve their patients’ permanent teeth when possible, but in some cases, extractions are necessary.
Tooth extractions are safe and well-tolerated, but like any surgical operation, there are inherent risks. After your anesthesia wears off, you might experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort. Follow your dentist’s instructions and take your medications as prescribed.
Any trouble chewing or swallowing should subside within 24-48 hours. However, if you experience more serious problems, such as nausea, bleeding that lasts for more than 12 hours, or chest pain, contact your dentist right away.
Following your tooth extraction, you’ll want to take at least a day off of work or school. In order to speed up the recovery process, you should regularly apply an ice pack to your cheek, rest, and take it easy. Your dentist might also recommend taking over-the-counter pain medicine or prescription antibiotics.
During your recovery period, you should also avoid smoking or biting down on your socket. Continue to brush and floss your teeth, but avoid your extraction site.
To learn more about tooth extractions, make an appointment at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS. Call today or simply click the online booking tool.