At Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentist, Dr. Kathy Daroee, wants to make sure that you are able to keep all of your natural teeth. Because of our commitment to minimally invasive dentistry, our team strives to avoid a tooth extraction whenever it is possible.
There may be times in which a tooth extraction may be the best course of treatment. For example, if your tooth is damaged or decayed or infected to the point that it is no longer viable or it poses a hazard to your other teeth, Dr. Daroee may suggest an extraction. An extraction may be necessary to relieve tooth crowding or in preparation for orthodontics or a dental restoration. Dr. Daroee and our team will make sure that you are comfortable during your visit to our office, provide you with aftercare instructions to prevent conditions such as dry socket and explore your replacement options with you. We understand the importance of having a smile that is attractive and healthy and will do all we can to ensure it.
If you think that you may need a tooth extraction in Woodland Hills, California, please contact our office at 818-347-1550 and a member of our team will help you plan your visit.
Why would a tooth extraction be recommended?
Tooth extractions may be needed if:
- Severe infection has destroyed a significant amount of the tooth and supporting bone
- Severe decay has damaged a tooth beyond repair
- The teeth are overcrowded
- One or more teeth must be removed prior to orthodontic or restorative treatment
What is the appropriate post-op care for a tooth extraction?
After your tooth is extracted, there will be an initial healing period of one to two weeks. You will most likely experience some swelling and discomfort for the first 48 hours. We recommend that you:
- Avoid chewing until the anesthetic wears off (at least two hours)
- Use an ice pack to decrease swelling
- Do not touch the extraction site with your tongue or fingers
- Do not drink through a straw
- Do not swish and spit vigorously
- Try to avoid blowing your nose or sneezing violently
- Do not rinse your mouth the day of surgery
- Avoid using tobacco products for several days after your procedure
- Avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours after your procedure
- Keep your head elevated and relax as much as possible for 24 hours after your procedure
- Maintain a soft diet for 48 hours after the extraction
What are my options for replacing extracted teeth?
If you have had one or more teeth removed, our dentist may recommend replacing them with a dental implant, dental bridge, or complete or partial dentures. We will examine your mouth and discuss your options with you prior to creating a treatment plan.