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Tooth Extraction San Marcos
Tooth Extraction and Wisdom Tooth Extraction
There are a few different reasons why a tooth extraction might be needed. A decayed tooth that cannot be repaired with dental fillings or crowns may be extracted to prevent the spread of infection. A tooth may also be extracted prior to the placement of dental implants or in conjunction with other procedures. Even if they are not damaged or infected , wisdom teeth may be extracted to prevent crowding of teeth down the road.
Since wisdom teeth have no effect on a person’s bite and chewing ability, wisdom tooth extraction is among the most common forms of tooth extraction. Most patients are teenagers or young adults when their wisdom teeth are extracted, but wisdom tooth extraction may be performed on adults of any age as well.
After an initial consultation and decision that a dental extraction is needed, we will discuss all details about your procedure and allow you to ask any questions you may have.
On the day of your extraction, a local anesthetic is applied to the area around the tooth or teeth to be removed. If only pulling a single tooth or a few teeth, the patient will most likely remain awake during the procedure, but the anesthetic numbs the mouth so that the patient experiences no pain and minimal discomfort during the procedure. For wisdom tooth extraction, however, wisdom teeth may be removed all at once. In most cases, a general anesthetic is given to the patient, and the patient sleeps throughout the entire procedure.
After the tooth is extracted, the area is covered with cotton gauzes to stem the bleeding. These gauzes are changed regularly to keep the area dry and free of infection. Sometimes stitches are used to stop bleeding and seal out contaminants. Some stitches will dissolve without requiring a return visit, while others will need to be removed by a professional after recovery.
If there are any gaps from where the tooth was extracted, an implant, dental bridge, or denture may be placed after the tooth is extracted.
Most patients recover from tooth extraction in a few days or less, however it is crucial that the patient take proper care to avoid infection or complications following surgery.
Take prescription pain medication no more than needed
Ibuprofen and other non-prescription pain medications may be used with approval of your doctor and/or dentist
Apply a cold compress to the cheek or other outer part of the mouth to numb pain and reduce swelling
Change gauze pads regularly.
Rinse with a mild, warm salt water solution after 24 hours. This may reduce pain and swelling.
Eat only soft foods right after surgery. Slowly reintroduce solid foods based on level of pain after the mouth has healed
Elevate the head, as lying flat can increase bleeding
Do not use a straw when drinking. Sucking motions may agitate sensitive parts of the mouth and may prolong bleeding.
Do not do anything physically straining
Continue to brush teeth to avoid risk of infection. We will go over best care practices with the patient and/or caretaker of the patient to ensure as quick and easy a recovery as possible.
If you suffer from tooth pain, decay or are simply in need of a dental checkup, contact our office today at 760-745-1100 to schedule your next appointment with us!
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Dr. Davoudi possesses a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Doctor in Dental Science degree from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. She is a valued member of several professional associations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association, San Diego Dental Society, and the International Association of Orthodontics.
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