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. One common infection related to partially erupted wisdom teeth is called pericoronitis.
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. Additionally, 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.
DOES TOOTH EXTRACTION HURT?
The surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery will provide the needed medication so that you will be comfortable throughout your tooth extraction surgery. You will likely have a local anesthetic to block the pain during the tooth extraction. You may also choose to be sedated to help with the anxiety brought on by the surgery. Keep in mind, though, that the use of anesthesia or sedation will add to the overall cost of extracting the wisdom tooth. The surgeons will discuss these options during your pre-operative consultation and tailor plan your medication. After the surgery, you can relieve the pain using over-the-counter painkillers.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TOOTH EXTRACTION?
After your tooth extraction, you can return to your home to rest. You will not be in a condition to drive because of the sedatives so have someone accompany you. You should rest for at least two days. During the first week, you will need to preserve the blood clot that forms in the socket. Avoid heavy rinsing, drinking through a straw, and sneezing (if at all possible!) You will also have to adjust your diet a little and avoid crispy foods. Softer foods, such as egg, pasta, and warm (not hot) soups are good choices.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M RECOVERING WELL AFTER MY TOOTH EXTRACTION?
It will usually take 7 to 10 days to recover from a tooth extraction. Don’t be surprised if in the first few days you see some residual bleeding around the gums. This should stop though as you heal. There are some indicators that your healing is not going as well as it should be. If you are suffering from the following then don’t hesitate to call the surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery for further treatment:
- Heavy bleeding or extreme pain after 4 hours since the extraction
- Indications of infection including chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- An excessive amount of discharge
- Coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
Can I smoke after teeth extractions?
You should avoid smoking after your tooth or teeth have been extracted. There are a number of different complications that can arise when you do. Firstly it can dislodge the blood clot that forms at the extraction site. The clot is needed in your recovery. Dislodging it can cause dry socket, a painful condition that is a result of exposing sensitive nerve endings under the blood clot. Those who smoke after having their tooth extracted can also experience a greater chance of infections, dizziness, high blood pressure, and a slower healing process.