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Tooth extraction is one of the most commonly feared dental procedures, as well as one of the most necessary, depending on your teeth's current condition. It may be the only appropriate treatment if you have:
Tooth extraction is not a procedure many patients look forward to, since the removal of a single tooth can lead to issues with chewing ability, create problems with your jaw joint, and cause your teeth to shift - which can lead to a negative impact on your dental health.
To avoid these unwanted complications, Dr. Lalezarian will discuss viable alternative treatments, so you can make the best decision for your dental health.
When your wisdom teeth come in, you may experience the following dental problems:
The remedy this situation, wisdom teeth extraction is the only appropriate treatment.
As one of the most respected dentists in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, Dr. Lalezarian has successfully performed wisdom teeth removal for hundreds of loyal patients throughout his 35 year career. With his gentle hand and extensive expertise, you can be confident in knowing that your wisdom teeth removal will be a safe and pain-free experience.
On the day of the procedure, Dr. Lalezarian will numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
The socket will be widened by rocking the tooth back and forth, which should result in feeling of pressure, but not pain. If you feel any pain during this period, please let us know right away.
For teeth that are firmly anchored in its socket because of a curved root or a tight socket, sectioning may be required. This means that the tooth is cut into sections, which Dr. Lalezarian then removes one at a time. This does not result in any more pain or complications, and is a relatively common procedure.
If bleeding occurs after the procedure, you can place a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and bite down firmly for 45 minutes to control it. This is very common after extractions, but can easily be remedied as long as you rest and don't eat difficult foods before your recovery is completed. For the sake of your recovery process, you must do what you can to not dislodge the clot that formed in your empty tooth socket. That means you should avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction, and not use straws, smoke, or drink hot liquids.
For swelling issues, you can place ice on your face for 10 minutes, or off and on throughout the first day until you get relief.
Because any strain to the tooth extraction site may delay clot formation, try to not chew from that area. If it's too difficult to do so, try a liquid diet on the first day, or maybe frozen yogurt or ice cream.
You may take prescription medication for the pain, but over the counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be just as effective. After the extraction, don't brush the teeth near the extraction site for one day. You can try gentle flossing of the surrounding teeth, because food left behind may attract bacteria and delay healing. Try not to use commercial mouth rinses that contain alcohol, since it can be very irritating to your delicate oral tissues. Once the first day after the extraction has passed, you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before going to bed.
Dry socket is what happens when a blood clot either doesn't form in the socket or the clot has been dislodged and the healing process has to start over or is delayed.
Usually, following the post extraction after-care instructions should help the patient avoid getting a dry socket. You can recognize a dry socket manifest from the dull throbbing pain, which radiate from the extraction area 3 or 4 days after the extraction. This can cause a bad taste or bad breath, which can be annoying and inconvenient.
To help soothe the pain, Dr. Lalezarian will apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket. However, it's best to reconsider your eating and drinking habits right after your procedure, so you can avoid repeating the mistakes that caused or encouraged the dry socket in the first place. Gently floss and rinse with warm salt water after every meal, so you can be sure that food isn't getting stuck and causing infections to your gums.
There will be a hole in your jawbone where your tooth was, which should smooth and fill in with bone in a few weeks or months. However, after 1 or 2 weeks, you should be able to eat and drink and normally without noticing much of a difference.
Once the tooth extraction site heals, one of the biggest concerns to your dental health is the impact a missing tooth can make on the rest of your smile. Because teeth are made to complement each other to spread out the chewing pressure in your mouth, a missing tooth can cause more serious problems than just ruining the look of your smile. Your teeth can become misaligned or crooked, and you may become more susceptible to gum infections. Additional or uneven chewing pressure can also increase your chances of breaking, chipping, and damaging the rest of your teeth. Dr. Lalezarian will be happy to help you consider additional or alternative dental treatments, such as Crowns, or Dental Bridges, so you can preserve the health and beauty of your smile.
If you need a safe, pain-free tooth extraction and would like to schedule an appointment, or if you would like to know if tooth extraction is the right procedure for you, call Dental Care of Beverly Hills at (310) 275-0838 or fill out our contact request form and a qualified member of our staff will be happy to help you as soon as possible.