In some cases, you may find that there is a tooth in your mouth that simply needs to go. Whether it’s a wisdom tooth, an injured tooth, or a baby tooth that simply will not come out, you may require a tooth extraction. A simple tooth extraction removes the affected teeth without the need for surgery, alleviating the pain.
The most common extraction procedure is, naturally, wisdom tooth removal. This is typically performed on adults in their early twenties. Getting any tooth extracted may sound like a frightening experience, but rest assured, we do our best to alleviate any stress you may have about the procedure at our dental clinic.
How Do I Know if I Need a Tooth Extraction
Teeth crowding, tooth damage, and gum disease are just a few of the issues which could lead to an extraction being necessary. During your consultation at our Fontana dental clinic, Dr. Patel meets with you for a complete consultation. He will go over any needs you may have.
We may perform a digital X-Ray exam to get a better idea of your dental health. If we decide you are a candidate for simple tooth extraction, Dr. Patel will develop a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. We will ensure you are kept up-to-date on every aspect of the treatment plan.
What Can I Expect from the Procedure?
The treatment begins with an oral exam and an X-ray to diagnose the issue. A local anesthetic will then numb the area. An elevator device will lift the tooth from the ligaments and gum tissue, removing it.
In some cases, the tooth will need to be broken into smaller pieces before removing it. Gauze will be placed into the socket while you apply pressure. In some cases, the socket will need to be closed with stitches.
What Can I Expect from the Recovery Process?
For the first day after the procedure, we advise taking it relatively easy. Keep your head elevated, move slowly when standing up, and get plenty of rest. You can brush and floss normally, but try to avoid the site of the operation. It is advised that you stick to soft foods. The recovery period usually takes up to two weeks. If, at any point, you begin to experience unusual symptoms such as nausea, fever, chills, chest pain, or excessive discharge, contact your dentist immediately.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your wisdom teeth are four teeth that grow after your jaw has finished developing, usually around the ages of 17 and 25. This naturally means there’s not enough room in your mouth, which can cause the teeth to become impacted, grow in at an angle, or never erupt.
Your wisdom teeth are vestigial, which means they are not necessary for your health, and in fact, they may cause a variety of issues if they are not removed. In some cases, they do grow in properly, but it is difficult to brush them appropriately, meaning therefore at a greater risk for cavities. You can tell they need to go when you begin to feel a constant pain in your jaw.
What is the Procedure for Removing Wisdom Teeth?
We generally advise scheduling an early evaluation appointment to determine how best to proceed. During this appointment, an oral exam, including panoramic or digital X-rays, will be used to evaluate your oral health and the current position of the wisdom teeth.
During the surgery, moderate or conscious sedation is used, depending on what you need most. While you are sedated, we will loosen and disconnect the tissues around your wisdom tooth so that they can be pulled out. We know how to remove your teeth in a manner as pain-free and noninvasive as possible.
What Can I Expect from Wisdom Tooth Recovery
Whether it’s a wisdom tooth or a normal tooth that just needs to go, we take care of all of your tooth extraction needs. If you have any reservations about the process, just give us a call, and we’ll go over the whole process with you. We know this can sound like a frightening procedure; that’s why we want to do all we can to put your mind at ease. For more information, contact Valley Alder Dentist today!