Whether your wisdom teeth are causing problems or you have a tooth that’s severely damaged by decay or trauma, the oral surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery offer expert extraction services at their office in Alameda, California. If you need a tooth extraction, call California Oral and Facial Surgery or make an appointment online today.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Wisdom teeth complications are the most common reason you might need a tooth extraction procedure. Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that usually emerge in late adolescence, long after the rest of your teeth grew into place. As a result, there’s often not enough room in your jaw to accommodate your wisdom teeth, leading to pain, overcrowding, and increasing your risk of infection.
Additionally, your wisdom teeth may not emerge completely or get stuck in your jaw. Both of these situations increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and infection.
You may also need to have an extraction if you have severe or internal tooth decay and other procedures such as a root canal can’t save your tooth. Additional, periodontitis can damage your gums, tooth roots, and jaw, making your teeth loose and unstable, which could require extraction and bone grafting.
What should I expect while having a tooth extraction?
The oral surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery provide both simple and surgical tooth extraction services. They also offer local anesthetics and sedation to keep you comfortable during your extraction procedure.
During a simple extraction, your surgeon grasps your tooth with special forceps and wiggles the tooth to loosen it before pulling it from the socket. However, if your tooth is impacted, broken, or stuck in your jaw, your surgeon needs to make a small incision to reach the tooth and remove it.
How should I take care of my remaining teeth after an extraction?
After your extraction procedure, your surgeon gives you specific aftercare instructions and may prescribe a painkiller to help you manage any discomfort for the first few days after your appointment. In most cases, you should avoid brushing or rinsing your mouth for 24 hours after your treatment. You may be more comfortable eating soft foods and liquids, but avoid using straws as the suction could dislodge clots that form in your sockets, which could lead to complications.
If you need a tooth extraction, call California Oral and Facial Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.