We’ve all seen them: those old-time westerns with a local blacksmith pulling teeth with a twisting wrench in back of the saloon. It’s enough to scare anyone away from dentists for life, but those in need of dental extractions today have no reason to fear. It probably never happened that way in the first place.
What Would Make an Extraction Necessary?
Modern dentistry aims to save all teeth, but some are so badly decayed or severely damaged that root canal is no longer an option. An abscessed tooth that fails to respond to antibiotics will frequently require extraction to prevent the infection from spreading throughout the body.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
We will first administer an anesthetic. Whether this is local or general depends on your wishes and, in some cases, the number of teeth involved. While we extract the tooth, you will feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain. Following the extraction, we will ask you to bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. We may also need to add a few stitches.
What Happens after an Extraction?
Recovery should take only a few days. For the first 24 hours, you will just relax. You will take painkillers as needed and rinse with salt water as directed. You should refrain from smoking or engaging in heavy physical activity, and we advise that you eat only soft foods for the first few days.
If your teeth are giving you trouble, don’t wait until things get even worse. Call 818-345-2227 to schedule an appointment. We always do everything possible to save every tooth, but if we can’t, there’s no need to be afraid. Old-time horror stories aside, anyone having a tooth extracted at Bio Dental can count on having it done as quickly and as painlessly as possible.