There are several reasons why tooth extraction becomes a necessity for some patients. Our dentists in Oxnard will perform a thorough dental examination to determine whether you need a tooth extraction.
Wisdom teeth extraction, tooth decay, and preventing infection are common scenarios in which dentists perform a tooth extraction. Severely decayed teeth or rapid progression of periodontal disease can cause irreparable damage to the teeth, making it necessary to extract them. Tooth extraction also takes place to adjust poorly positioned teeth in the mouth and prepare for braces.
Although tooth extraction becomes unavoidable in certain cases, it can cause problems with your jaw joint and chewing ability and lead to shifting teeth. Even a single tooth removal can severely impact your oral health. To prevent future complications, we always discuss alternative possibilities and tailor unique dental solutions to the needs of each patient. Our recommendations are based on the best interest of our patients.
The Process of Extraction
The extraction process starts with applying local anesthesia to numb your gums, jawbones, and teeth. During the process, patients may experience slight pressure in their mouths. This pressure is caused by the rocking motion used to widen the gum socket. Patients will not experience any pain along with this pressure because the transmission of signals to pain centers in the brain is inhibited by anesthesia. In case of pain or discomfort, inform us right away.
Tooth sectioning is a common procedure performed when a tooth is firmly attached to the socket or the root of the tooth is curved. In the procedure, the doctor cuts the tooth into small sections and removes one section at a time. Tooth sectioning is conducted with a dental drill and is a simple procedure that is easy on the gums and the jaw.
Care After Extraction
It is important for the blood to clot after tooth extraction to start the healing process. Patients are required to bite the gauze pad for half an hour after the procedure. In case the bleeding does not stop, replace the gauze with a new one and firmly press for another half an hour. Firmly biting the gauze stimulates blood flow in the tissues and promotes healing.
Once the blood clot is formed, avoid touching it. Also, avoid smoking, drinking high-sugar beverages, alcohol, or brushing the extraction area for the next 72 hours.
Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard recommend eating non-sticky and liquid foods to prevent dislodging the clot as it will delay healing. Also, limit vigorous physical activity for 24 hours after the extraction to promote healing.
It is common to experience swelling and pain after an extraction. Applying an ice pack to the area can help reduce the swelling, and painkillers prescribed by our dentists will help you deal with the pain. Both the pain and the swelling will begin to subside within 48 hours of the extraction.
If the bleeding, pain, or discomfort persists after 2-3 days, immediately get in touch with us. You should also contact us if the prescribed painkillers are not effective for the pain.
Lastly, you should also continue taking the prescribed antibiotics for the indicated period. Do not discontinue the antibiotics if the infection or pain seems to have subsided. You should also drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious and soft food.
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