Tooth Extraction in Pacific Beach
At Pacific Beach Smile Studio, Dr. Ricardo Hernandez is committed to preserving the health of your teeth. Unfortunately, there are some cases in which a tooth has become severely damaged to the point that it can no longer be properly repaired. If this is the case, the tooth must be extracted. As a highly experienced dentist, Dr. Hernandez has performed tooth extractions on hundreds of patients. He can work with you to determine the best tooth extraction treatment option for your oral health needs.
When Tooth Extraction Becomes Necessary
Reasons for tooth extraction vary from patient to patient. Common reasons include:
- Malpositioned or impacted teeth (e.g., wisdom teeth)
- Severely damaged or decayed tooth
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment to improve teeth alignment
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
There are two types of extractions: simple extraction and surgical extraction. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and typically under a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. During the procedure, Dr. Hernandez will use sterilized pliers to move the tooth back and forth to loosen it. In some cases, a surgical cutting instrument called a luxator is placed partially between the tooth and the gum to help loosen the tooth.
A surgical extraction is generally needed to extract teeth that cannot easily be seen or reached in the mouth such as wisdom teeth that have not fully erupted. Surgical extractions involve some type of surgery such as bone removal, removing and/or lifting and folding back all or part of the gum tissue to expose the tooth, or breaking the tooth into pieces for easy removal. Surgical extractions can be performed using a local anesthesia or general anesthesia to maximize comfort during the procedure.
Immediately following the tooth extraction, you will need to bite down on a gauze pad for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. A blood clot will form to stop bleeding and begin the healing process. If the bleeding continues, you may need to place another or several gauze pads to effectively stop the blood flow. After the tooth is extracted, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. You can use a cold compress or ice pack to help minimize swelling. Dr. Hernandez can also prescribe oral pain medication to minimize discomfort. This discomfort and swelling usually subside one or two days after the procedure.
It is important not to disrupt the blood clot once it has formed. To avoid doing so, refrain from rinsing too heavily, drinking alcohol, or brushing the teeth or area right next to the extraction for at least 24 hours. Limit your diet to soft foods and liquids and avoid vigorous exercise for the first day. After 24 hours you can resume your normal oral health routine.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Hernandez and the entire staff at Pacific Beach Smile Studio are dedicated to helping each patient reach optimum oral health. If you are in need of a tooth extraction, Dr. Hernandez can design a treatment plan that addresses your needs. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Hernandez today by calling 858-272-6047.