So, your dentist tells you the bad news: you’re going to have to get a tooth removed surgically. At Newhall Dental Arts LT in Newhall, CA we know how stressful this can seem and we’re here to make this experience as comfortable as we can for you. Unlike many other dentist offices, we can provide oral surgery in the office. This makes the surgery easier, and you’ll feel more comfortable at the office you know. We’re here today to tell you how to prepare for your extraction, what to expect, and how to care for your mouth afterward.
Why We Remove a Tooth
Sometimes even with the best of care and getting routine checkups, you might experience problems where the best solution is removal. These could include problems like wisdom teeth growing in and affecting the rest of your teeth or severely damaged teeth.
Wisdom teeth can damage the nearby teeth and they can be difficult to clean properly, which can lead to more problems later like cavities and decay. Removing wisdom teeth is a common procedure and we may recommend it if we believe they will harm your other teeth.
Severe Decay and Damage Tooth decay can develop over time from plaque buildup and can be painful. If your tooth is damaged in a way that cannot be repaired, we may suggest removing it. We also have options for a dental prosthesis to be put in, so you don’t have to worry about having a gap in your smile.
We know the thought of this can be nerve-wracking, but surgical extraction is a common procedure that will have a positive outcome for your overall oral health. Your dentist will inform you if this is necessary and how to proceed.
What to Expect
When getting a surgical tooth extraction, there are options for sedation. An anesthesiologist will sedate the patient, or the dentist will numb the local area. Sedation depends on the patient’s preference and the location of the removal.
The oral surgeon will create an incision, remove the tooth, and then place stitches in removal. During this removal, a patient may experience pressure or discomfort but should not feel any pain.
After the procedure, your oral surgeon will go over information regarding how to care for the area as it heals. It’s important that you rest, eat soft foods that will not agitate the area, and clean your mouth gently twice a day. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact your dental provider.
Talk to your Dentist Today
If your dentist has recommended a surgical extraction, don’t delay making an appointment. We have oral surgeons in our office here at Newhall Dental Arts to make this as stress-free as possible. Call Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, California at 661-259-7760.