Have you suffered trauma to the face that’s damaged a tooth beyond repair? Do you have teeth in advanced stages of decay, or chronic pain related to your teeth? If so, tooth extraction might be the best option. The Center for Beautiful Smiles offers quick, easy tooth extraction under the expert care of Dr. Pham, their associates and staff.
Extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of extensive decay, trauma to the tooth, or crowding. Impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are a common reason for extraction.
Tooth extraction may be necessary for a variety of reasons: severe damage, advanced periodontal disease. Impacted teeth, or teeth that have become stuck in gum tissue or bone cause pain and push your adjacent teeth out of alignment, and should be removed. Wisdom teeth are a special category of tooth extraction. It is recommended that they be removed as early as possible to prevent future problems. Also, some teeth are removed as part of larger procedures like dentures or implants.
Our doctors will first administer local anesthetic which makes the procedure painless. However, though local anesthetics block the nerves that produce the sensation of pain, they do not block the nerves that convey pressure. During the operation, our doctors will need to wiggle the tooth back and forth, as widening the socket makes extraction easier. This step produces pressure, and if the sensation becomes too uncomfortable, inform him and his staff so he might need to numb you more for better comfort and painless experience. Dr. Pham, their associates and staff will put you at ease even in the most challenging surgical extraction procedure because they are professionally trained to do plus with their combined over thirty years of clinical experience.
Next, forming a blood clot is necessary to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. You will bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes, or as much time as necessary until the bleeding stops. Once formed, the blood clot must stay in place. For the next 72 hours, avoid sucking on straws, vigorous rinsing, smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing near the extraction site. These activities may dislodge the blood clot and prolong the healing process. Also, limit vigorous physical activity for 24 hours. Exercise increases blood pressure and may encourage additional bleeding at the extraction site. We may prescribe pain medication if pain persists after the operation. Eat only soft foods and drink plenty of fluids for 24 hours after the extraction. Resume your normal diet as you feel comfortable.
Also, be aware that removing a tooth without replacing it increases the likelihood of other problems. Missing teeth hamper your speaking and chewing ability, encourage other teeth to shift position, and lead to the weakening of your jawbone. We will discuss options for replacing your teeth such as dentures and implants.
The extraction procedure always involves numbing of the area so that no pain should be experienced. Sedation or “sleep” work is also an option for patients who have difficulty with dental work anxiety.
Please do not hesitate to call us with your questions about this. Missing teeth — apart from wisdom teeth — should ideally be replaced quickly to prevent complications such as other teeth shifting into the space and bone loss where the tooth was once anchored.
Call The Center for Beautiful Smiles to schedule your free consultation. Tooth extraction is often an urgent procedure, so don’t hesitate to address the issue as soon as possible.
Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
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