Tooth Extractions in Thousand Oaks
Living with constant tooth pain can take away from the fulfillment of your everyday life. When you take the first step to restoring your smile, you’ll begin to feel better and move one step closer to replacing it with a fully functional tooth. In addition, you can avoid a number of complications related to delaying the tooth extraction.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
The thought of having a tooth removed can be intimidating. However, living with a severely decayed tooth or impacted wisdom teeth can have harmful effects on your oral health. In severe cases, the infection from a tooth can spread to your jaw, head, and neck, causing a life-threatening condition known as sepsis.
If wisdom teeth are impacted, you may not notice any issues in the beginning, but delaying treatment can have lasting effects. First of all, when the impacted teeth place pressure on your surrounding teeth, it can cause them to shift or crowd. This makes it harder to thoroughly brush and floss the area, making them more susceptible to decay.
Impacted wisdom teeth can also alter your bite and damage the functionality of your teeth. In addition to all of the structural damage, you may also experience pain as your impacted teeth try to mobilize surrounding teeth.
Besidesdecay and wisdom teeth impaction, a tooth extraction may be necessary for to the following reasons:
- Trauma rendering the tooth unsalvageable
- As a result of periodontal disease, also known as advanced gum disease
- To fix overcrowding teeth
The Tooth Extraction Process
Dr. Siddappa is first and foremost concerned with your comfort. Prior to beginning the procedure, she’ll make sure your tooth, gums, and jawbone are numb. Rest assured, she’ll be in communication with you throughout the surgery so if you’re feeling discomfort, don’t hesitate to let her know.
A tooth extraction consists of the following steps:
- After the area is numb, your tooth will be loosened with an instrument called an elevator
- Extraction forceps will be used to extract the tooth
- Any infection will be removed
- Depending on your case, you may need sutures to close the socket
Aftercare Instructions Following a Tooth Extraction
Following a tooth extraction, there are a few guidelines you’ll want to follow to ensure a successful outcome. In addition to following recommendations given by Dr. Siddappa, you’ll want to:
- Refrain from rinsing for 24 hours, then start rinsing with a warm saline solution
- Chew on the opposite side of your mouth
- Don’t smoke or drink from a straw for the first 72 hours
- Eat soft foods and liquids for the first 24 hours
- Avoid exercise for the first 72 hours
- Apply ice and take Ibuprofen to alleviate any discomfort and swelling
Restore Your Oral Health With a Tooth Extraction
Impacted and decayed teeth can be painful, but you don’t need to suffer any longer. If you’re in need of a tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddappa by calling(805) 241-5353 and we’ll help you on your road to recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
After two to three days, patients can typically return to their normal everyday lives. The soft tissues will heal in about three to four weeks. You’ll have to wait 6 to 8 weeks following a tooth extraction to get your restoration. This will allow time for the swelling to diminish.
Do I need to replace a tooth after extraction?
There are a number ofreasons you’ll want to replace a missing tooth. After you have a tooth extraction, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift to fill the gap. This creates additional gaps and the teeth can become crooked, or the opposing tooth may become elongated to make up for the missing tooth. Replacing missing teeth will also prevent further bone loss to protect your long-term health.
How do I fill the space of a missing tooth?
Following a tooth extraction, there are a number of ways you can restore your smile. The gold standard for replacing missing teeth is withdental implants. They’re a permanent restoration that affixes a natural-looking dental crown to your jawbone. It’s the only restoration that actually improves jawbone density.
Another way to fill in the gap is with a dental bridge. This restoration will bridge the gap between two adjacent teeth called anchors, using natural-looking prostheses called pontics. Dentures can also replace any number of missing teeth to restore the function and appearance of your smile.
If you’re interested in learning more about tooth replacement options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddappa by calling (805) 241-5353. During the consultation, she’ll examine your oral health and provide detailed information on each procedure so you can make the best decision.
I have dental anxiety about my upcoming extraction, what should I do?
Even though the extraction area will be numbed and patients typically only report feeling pressure, not pain, there are a few ways you can prepare yourself for the appointment to decrease any stress you might have. Some of these include:
- Bring headphones to distract yourself from the noise
- Choose an appointment time that allows you to arrive without feeling rushed
- Take regular breaths throughout the procedure-- some patients tend to hold their breath
- Avoid caffeine prior to your appointment
Choosing a highly qualified dentist such as Dr. Siddappa will ensure you’re in good hands and on your way to a speedy recovery.