As premier dentists, saving your tooth is always our number one goal, but sometimes tooth extractions are unavoidable. Thankfully, cutting-edge technology, our surgical techniques, and sedation options have come a long way over the years, empowering us to offer safe, comfortable and quick tooth extractions.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
- Severe tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth fractures
- Impacted teeth
- Orthodontic preparation needs
Prior to extraction, Dr. Trejo will discuss with you replacement options and the logistics of bone grafting. A grafting procedure at the time of your extraction helps prevent jawbone loss and provides favorable conditions for an implant in the future.
Having a Tooth Extracted
The procedure typically takes less than an hour, and the results are very safe and predictable. Before pulling your tooth, Dr. Trejo administers a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. This ensure you do not feel any pain. A general anesthetic is also an option for those who request it. Depending on the particulars of your case, we sometimes place a few stitches—usually self-dissolving—to close up the gum edges over the extraction site.
Recovery and Home Care
We provide specific homecare instructions prior to surgery, but in general, the most important things to know about recovery from a tooth extraction include:
- Blood Clots
Following surgery, it is very important to form a strong blood clot for the healing process, by biting on a gauze pad for about an hour after the procedure.
- Straws and Smoking
For several days following your surgery, do not use straws or tobacco products, as these will dislodge the clot, which results in a dry socket. Dry sockets are painful and may require additional treatment, slowing recovery time.
As the oral sedatives wear off, you may experience soreness for a few days. However, patients are typically able to manage any pain with over the counter pain medications, such as Ibuprofen.
If you’ve been told you need an extraction, you’re not alone. Most people will have a tooth extracted at some point during their life. Dr. Trejo and our experienced team are here to provide you with the best care possible: a safe, seamless experience during this routine procedure. Call us to schedule a consultation today at BioDental Care Phone Number 619-754-8508!