Extraction may be necessary if you have a deep tooth infection that cannot be treated with a root canal. Teeth may also need to be extracted if they are not restorable or there is overcrowding in the mouth. In certain cases, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy, tooth extraction may be required to prevent the risk of infection. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth that cause infection and pain may need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth are the four adult teeth situated at the rear of the mouth, both in the upper and lower jaw. Our Encino dentist may sometimes recommend wisdom teeth extraction as a preventive measure, even without pain or infection.

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What can I expect?

General-Dentistry-Extractions-by-Cosmetic-Dental-of-Encino-1 The affected area is usually numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort before tooth extraction. In cases where the tooth is impacted, the surrounding gum and bone tissue covering the tooth may need to be surgically removed. Following the extraction, stitches might be required to close the gums. Bleeding will gradually cease by biting down on a gauze pad for some time.

How Should I Treat My Mouth Following An Extraction?

Following your tooth extraction in  Encino, Dr Sheila Mahooti, our dentist, will provide you with personalized instructions for your at-home care during the healing process. These instructions may not always be the same as they depend on the complexity of the extraction and the specific tooth removed. One crucial aspect of healing is the formation and preservation of a blood clot at the extraction site to facilitate proper healing. To prevent dislodging the clot, avoiding activities such as using straws, smoking, and vigorous rinsing for the next couple of days is important. Dislodging the clot can lead to a condition known as dry socket, which can be quite painful. Instead, focus on gentle rinsing with saltwater and refrain from strenuous activities for 24 to 48 hours after the extraction to promote optimal healing. Applying an ice pack to the external area of your face near the extraction site can help reduce swelling. We will also recommend the most suitable method of pain relief for you.
After 24 hours, it is important to resume your regular dental care routine, which includes brushing and flossing, to maintain a clean mouth. If you are experiencing any dental issues, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office today. Our dentist in Encino is committed to utilizing conservative and minimally invasive approaches whenever feasible to provide you with the relief you need.