Tooth Extraction


Tooth extraction Sherman Oaks

A tooth extraction may become necessary if a tooth is severely damaged. It is important to remove the decaying or damaged tooth as soon as possible. This avoids the spread of infection to other teeth or parts of your mouth. The extraction itself is a relatively painless procedure. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area of the mouth where the damaged tooth is located. A general anesthetic may be used if several or all of the teeth are being removed. Taking an antibiotic may be necessary to fight any infection that enters the blood stream while the tooth is being extracted. A consultation with the dentist will reveal all that is necessary to do before and after the extraction procedure

After the extraction is complete, stitches may be necessary. Gently biting down on cotton gauze will help curb the bleeding. A removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, denture, or a bridge. The dentist will help explore which of these replacements is the best option. Recovery should only last a few days. Recovery will be helped along by taking painkillers as prescribed and changing the gauze pads before they become soaked with blood. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day helps reduce swelling and relieves pain. Relax for a couple of days as activity can increase the bleeding. Prop head with pillows as lying flat can cause the bleeding to be prolonged. Avoid smoking and eat soft foods. Carefully brush your other teeth and tongue throughout the recovery process.

Having a damaged tooth extracted will help any infection from spreading. Regular dental appointments are important for oral health. Our doctor in Sherman Oaks is an expert in the field of dentistry. He is highly regarded and both he and his staff will help any dental procedure done be as comfortable and pain free as possible.