With crowns and other restorations, we hope to preserve your tooth and prevent it from becoming lost. However, sometimes serious oral health complications arise that mean extracting a tooth is necessary to avoid discomfort and other issues. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist will look at how we safely and comfortably extract a tooth.
Reasons for a Dental Extraction
Why do we suggest taking a tooth out? Well, for those with major misalignment, removing a tooth may make room to properly correct the position of the entire smile. If there is a tooth too damaged to be repaired with a crown, or one with an advanced case of decay or infection, removable could prevent the spread of infection. We may take out ones loosened by gum disease, or could remove impacted teeth too. To prevent major impaction and other complications for the appearance and function of the smile, we could extract wisdom teeth before they even erupt in the late teens and early 20s.
Ensuring You Feel Comfortable
Since an process involves oral surgery, we want to ensure you feel comfortable, especially if you have dental anxiety. In addition to a numbing agent applied near the removal site, our team could discuss various sedation options. Dental sedation helps you enter a calm and relaxed state, with no memory of the procedure. The effects may take time to wear off, so a friend or family member should be on hand to bring you home. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions as well!
What Happens Next?
You will likely be able to return to normal activities after a day or two of rest. We suggest avoiding straws and eating soft foods for the first day or two, and don’t prod the area with your tongue. Sutures will be removed in a follow-up visit as well. If the removed tooth leaves a gap in your smile, we could discuss possible replacement options to return function and beauty to the smile, such as a dental bridge or an individual dental implant. If you have any questions about our approach to oral surgery and extraction, or about the process of replacing one or more missing teeth, the please contact our team today. We’re ready to help you make changes for your smile this year, so you can once again smile with confidence, and enjoy optimal oral health and function.
Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery?
If you need oral surgery to avoid the negative impacts on your smile’s health and beauty, then we can offer care with comfort and precision. Newhall Dental Arts is ready to improve the health and function of your smile. Contact our Newhall, CA office at (661) 259-7760 to learn more about our approach to oral surgery, including tooth extraction.