Having a broken or dying tooth can be a time of great stress for many people, as you are losing a part of yourself and fearing the cost of fixing it. Dr. Zadeh will make every effort to save a damaged or decayed tooth, but sometimes the tooth is so damaged, worn, or traumatized that it cannot be saved by any currently available method.
If the tooth cannot be repaired with a crown or onlays or is severely infected or decayed beyond what a root canal treatment can fix, it may need to be removed. In these cases, Dr. Zadeh will first take X-Rays to determine the extent of the damage and help him plan the most effective way to remove the tooth.
What Happens When I Need A Tooth Extracted?
Dr. Zadeh performs two general types of extractions. The first is a simple extraction, which is an extraction where a local anesthetic is used. He removes the tooth by pulling it out from above the gum line. The process is fairly quick and most patients complaint stems from the pressure and pinch, but there is very little discomfort. You may also opt for oral or IV sedation if it is deemed necessary due to sensitivity or anxiety as well. This is also an option if you need several teeth removed through simple extraction in a single visit.
If the tooth has broken off below the gum line, or if it is impacted, Dr. Zadeh may need to perform a second type of extraction called a surgical extraction. During a surgical tooth extraction, you will likely be given an IV based sedative to help you relax. When you are relaxing comfortably, Dr. Zadeh will then make a small incision in the gum and remove the tooth.
In most cases, removing a tooth is a minor procedure that can be performed during a single office visit. You will likely be given either localized anesthesia in the form of Novocaine and/or varying levels of sedation, depending on your needs. While you will feel very little discomfort during the procedure, you can expect some minor discomfort after the procedure and it is recommended that you rest, eat soft foods, and avoid smoking for a few days after your extraction. It is also recommended you take a low-dose OTC painkiller.
While it is a common and minor procedure, treat it like you would any minor surgery or you had just given blood. It is recommended that you avoid exerting yourself beyond your normal day to day self-care activities, take a day or two from working out, and generally relax. It’s a great time to catch up on those episodes of your favorite show you may have missed, read a book, or even spend some extra time with your loved ones.
These activities have been shown to help the healing process and likely give you a much needed break from the stresses of life. Once your gums have healed after your dental extraction, you will be able to choose from one of several options to replace your tooth. The most basic option is a dental bridge, which is a dental appliance that is attached to the adjacent teeth.
Are There Other Alternatives To Bridges and Dentures After a Tooth Extraction?
Alternatively, you may be able to elect to have a dental implant placed. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is implanted into your jaw with a titanium or zirconium post. Dr. Zadeh will help determine which option for tooth replacement is right for you after your extraction.
Dental implants have become increasingly common and affordable. They are a very popular option for seniors or individuals who are missing their front teeth. Some patients can even have a dental implant placed the same day as an extraction, so you can go home with a brand new tooth or teeth after your extraction if you are a good candidate for same day implants.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are commonly removed in adolescents and adults. They easily become impacted and are prone to decay and infections due to crowding. Despite the fact many people have teeth that are removed in their lifetimes, wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth throughout all adult age groups.
If you are having a wisdom tooth or wisdom teeth removed, especially if they are below the gum line, treat it like you had major surgery. You will be likely be sedated for your wisdom tooth removal, so make arrangements to be driven home. Your parent, significant other, or a friend are all great options. We can also call a ride-sharing service if you are unable to make arrangements or something falls through.
During the procedure, Dr. Zadeh will make incisions to remove impacted wisdom teeth that are unable to erupt. Incisions may also be made to make the removal of an erupted or partially erupted tooth easier. Once your wisdom tooth or teeth are removed, he will suture the incisions and you will be given instructions on how to avoid complications like dry socket. You are highly encouraged to avoid eating spicy, chewy, or hard and potentially sharp foods like chips, as they can cut or cause pain with the tender areas after your extraction.
Sometimes, after a wisdom tooth extraction you can experience dry socket. While dry socket can happen with any tooth, it is particularly common with wisdom teeth. This problem occurs when the clot protecting the bone, nerves, and gum tissue dissolves or becomes dislodged, creating a potential for infection that lasts 5-6 days. The condition itself is painful, but easily treatable. If for any reason you get dry socket or the area of extraction becomes infected, come back to our office and Dr. Zadeh or one of his assistants will gladly clean the pocket of debris and bacteria, rinse it out, and give you a special balm to promote healing.
Dr. Zadeh, Beverly Hills reconstructive dentist, routinely performs extractions and strives to make it as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Call his office today at (310) 273-2020 to make an appointment to have your damaged or impacted tooth examined.