Dental Extractions Woodland Hills & Manhattan Beach
Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction if a tooth is severely decayed or diseased and can compromise the health of other teeth or tissues. Unlike tooth extractions of the past, modern extractions are painless and stress-free. Again, we only recommend an extraction if a tooth is irreparable or unrestorable.
Modern American Dentistry offers gentle tooth extractions in Woodland Hills, Manhattan Beach, and the surrounding areas. Please get in touch with us today if you would like to schedule a no-commitment appointment with our team or learn about your options.
What Exactly Is a Dental Extraction?
An extraction removes the decayed material, tooth, and tissue, as far down as the root so that your body will naturally heal the missing wound (known as a "socket wound") without needing more surgery. Dental extractions begin with an assessment of your mouth, oral health profile, and the extent of the decay or damage. This assessment is the determining factor in the extent of your extraction, or it could be used to suggest a better way of fixing the problem with less pain for you.
One of the most common types of extractions dentists perform is removing wisdom teeth, which do not need to be replaced with a dental implant, bridge, or other restoration. However, if we remove another tooth necessary for function or aesthetics, we will discuss tooth replacement options with you so you can have a complete smile.
The Tooth Extraction Process
If extraction is the best method for preserving your oral health and smile, then your dentist will first numb the area, so the procedure is painless. The dentist will remove the infected tooth, including the root.
It's common to feel mild discomfort after the anesthesia wears off and for the next day or so following the procedure. After one to two weeks, your initial healing period will be complete, and you will have new bone and gum tissue that will grow to replace the extracted parts. Over time, our team may replace the missing tooth or teeth with dentures, bridges, or implants to keep the rest of your teeth in place and ease the transition and final healing process.
Tooth Extraction Recovery and Aftercare
Your dentist will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site, including oral hygiene, diet, and habits, like smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol.
Some tips include:
- Gently rinse the extraction site daily.
- Don't use a straw or place anything sharp or pointy in the mouth.
- Don't irritate the extraction site in any way, as this can lead to a painful condition called "dry socket."
- Follow the diet your dentist recommends for you.
Diet following tooth extractions usually includes soft, room-temperature, or cool foods, like bananas, mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, and Jell-O. You can also consume broths or creamed soups, as long as they are room temperature. After your mouth heals, you will be free of extensive decay, and you can slowly introduce solid foods into your daily diet.
Contact Us About Dental Extractions in Woodland Hills
Our dentists can help you protect your smile and replace missing teeth with customized tooth replacements. We aim to help you love your smile and have a healthy mouth for life!
Please get in touch with Modern American Dentistry to schedule your consultation today.