Dental extractions may be recommended for a variety of reasons to help you keep your smile healthy and strong. Our Agoura Hills dental extractions expert may recommend a dental extraction if you have impacted wisdom or other teeth, a severely damaged or decayed tooth, advanced periodontal disease, have extremely crowded teeth and are undergoing orthodontic treatment and for other reasons.
A dental extraction is considered a type of oral surgery. If you are a candidate for an extraction, we will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you are having several teeth removed, a general anesthetic may be recommended instead. Inhaled or oral sedation may also be provided if necessary. Sedation can allow you to feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure.
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Once the area is numb, our Agoura Hills dental extractions expert will remove the tooth. You should not feel any pain during this process, but you may experience some pressure. Stitches may be placed after the tooth has been extracted, and a cotton gauze pad will be used to control bleeding. Following aftercare recommendations can help reduce the risk of complications such as dry socket or infection. You may be prescribed painkillers or antibiotics. Take these exactly as recommended. A cold pack may be used to control swelling and relieve pain.
After 24 hours, you may choose to use a salt water rinse to further ease pain and inflammation. For a few days, you may need to limit physical activity and eat a soft diet. Practice good dental hygiene to keep the area clean, and avoid using a straw or smoking, both of which can dramatically increase your risk of dry socket.
Our expert in dental extractions in Agoura Hills may recommend restoring the missing tooth to help preserve proper spacing and to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. A dental implant may be placed at the time of the extraction or after the site has healed. Dental crowns and dentures may also be good choices for some patients. Contact our dentist in Agoura Hills today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.