Tooth extractions are necessary for a variety of reasons. This procedure might be needed to remove a damaged or decayed tooth, which can come about in combination with periodontal disease, and/or from unforeseen trauma. Tooth extractions also prove useful in situations where overcrowding occurs. Dr. Adamous or Dr. Sonnichsen and our team always prefer to be as conservative as possible with the natural structures of a patient’s teeth and gum tissues. But when a tooth is compromised in a way that cannot be saved, tooth extraction is often a necessary avenue.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Adamous or Sonnichsen will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
Our process is proven, effective, and comes along with the least amount of pain possible. We provide a local anesthetic to the jawbone and gums to help relieve discomfort. During the extraction procedure, you may still feel pressure. Some teeth may require sectioning, which is necessary when a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket, or if the root is curved so much so that the socket can’t expand for removal. In these cases, we’ll cut the tooth into sections, removing each section one at a time.
Sectioning a tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for the blood to clot in the wound in order to promote a healthy healing process. We’ll provide you with extensive aftercare and make ourselves available for follow-up care to serve the needs of our patients. Some pain and swelling is normal, which can be addressed with an ice pack. Take medication as prescribed, of course, and contact us if the swelling and pain doesn’t subside after a few days. Peak swelling will occur after 24-48 hours and then will start to decrease. Drink fluids and eat nutritious, soft foods after your extraction. The day after extraction, start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water multiple times a day. It’s also vital that you maintain your normal dental routine after 24 hours.
Contact Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to schedule your initial consultation, where we will assess your unique situation and determine the best course of treatment for you.