An extraction is usually the last resort for an irremediable permanent tooth. Extractions are mainly an option when a tooth is not worth restoring due to cost, lack of function, or for preparation of an implant, bridge, orthodontics or removable prosthodontics. There are also instances where wisdom teeth may be removed due to the lack of available space a mouth has, or the way the tooth is impacted. Wisdom tooth extractions are examined case by case by our doctors. Some cases may be more difficult than others. To ensure a smooth and easy procedure, options are discussed with a patient whether the tooth is able to get extracted with our office, or referred out to a specialist.
Las Positas Family Dental has the option of a simple extraction when the tooth is no longer viable. A simple extraction is performed under local anesthetic while the dentist uses specialized tools to thoroughly remove the tooth.
Post-op care is especially important after an extraction to ensure dry socket or an infection does not take place. Follow these guidelines after a tooth extraction:
- Gauze will be placed on the extraction site. Maintain constant pressure by gently biting down on the gauze until bleeding lessens. Change gauze as needed.
- About 48 hours after an extraction, rinse the site with warm salt water every 1-2 hours to maintain a clean area.
- If any cheek swelling occurs, an ice pack may be placed on surrounding facial areas.
- Pain medication is a good option for any pain or discomfort.
- Try to eat smaller, soft foods on the side opposite of the mouth until the area heals.
- To avoid dry socket, do not drink through a straw or smoke for the next 5-7 days.
The extraction site should heal in about 3 to 14 days. If any pain does not subside after two weeks, please call Las Positas Family Dental to evaluate the area.
If you have questions about extractions, please contact our office at 925.449.7900 or click here to schedule an appointment.