There are some reasons that a tooth cannot be repaired due to disease, trauma or crowding. Some patients may have tooth decay, others may need to remove teeth that impede any orthodontic treatment, and others may just require wisdom teeth removal. If there are no other solutions that are viable to repair the tooth, Dr. Sarkis Aznavour will opt for tooth extraction.
How do I know when a tooth needs to be extracted?
The following oral health concerns determine when a tooth needs to be extracted:
- Primary teeth don't fall out on their own
- Broken/Cracked Tooth
- Damaged Roots
- Severe tooth decay or abscess
- Preparation for dentures or orthodontic work
- In preparation for a dental implant
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Tooth infections from cancer or organ-transplantation
What To Expect When Having a Tooth Extracted?
Before pulling the affected tooth, our dentist in Santa Clarita will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, the bone and the gum tissue that surrounds it. This will completely block any feeling from the affected area so you don’t have to feel any pain during the extraction, although you may feel some pressure in your mouth and hear some noise.
How is the teeth extraction recovery?
Recovery typically takes a few days. The gums will close up in about 4 weeks, and the bone can heal in three to six months.
After the extraction, our dentist in Santa Clarita will send you home to recover. It's important to keep pressure on the piece of gauze for the first hour to reduce the bleeding. This pressure helps the blood clot to form in the extraction site which is an essential part of the healing process. Over the next few days, you have to change the gauze and apply pressure only if you notice new bleeding. If you had stitches during the extraction, you may need a follow-up appointment with our dentist to have them removed.
Is tooth extraction painful?
You should not feel any pain during the tooth extraction procedure. You will only feel the brief sting of the shot that contains the local/general anesthetic. Once the anesthetic takes effect, and our dentist starts to work, you may feel some pressure, but no pain.
During the recovery period, you will experience some degree of pain. However, this pain is minimal and can be easily managed most of the time.
Tooth extraction aftercare
Following the tooth extraction, it's important to follow all instructions given by our Santa Clarita dentist to minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection and speed up the recovery. Here are some specific recommendations for proper care at home:
- Take pain medication as prescribed
- Apply ice for 10 minutes to reduce swelling
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for the first 24 hours
- 24 hours after extraction, rinse your mouth with warm salt water
- Limit physical activity for at least 48 hours
- Eat soft foods
- Do not smoke or drink with a straw
- Keep your head elevated, prop it up with pillows when lying down
- Avoid the extraction site when brushing and flossing your teeth
Is wisdom teeth removal the same as other tooth extractions?
No, there is a difference between wisdom tooth removal and other tooth extractions. While a general dentist can easily extract the healthy teeth, the wisdom teeth require the services of an experienced and skilled oral surgeon. The extraction of wisdom teeth involves surgically cutting out the patient’s teeth.
Tooth extraction is a a standard and safe procedure. Our Santa Clarita dentist, Dr. Sarkis Aznavour, has the experience and the gentle care that you deserve to feel comfortable during the process. For this reason, he'll work with you to create a customized extraction plan that is right for you. Book a consultation appointment by calling at (661) 210-4280 to discuss tooth extraction and other dental concerns. His practice is conveniently located at 24242 Lyons Avenue, Santa Clarita.