Stress-Free Tooth Extractions in Palmdale, CA
At Michael Giovannini, DDS, we always strive to preserve your natural teeth. However, there are some instances that may require a tooth extraction in order to preserve your overall oral health. If a tooth extraction is deemed necessary, you can rest easy knowing that we go the extra mile to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Questions? Get in touch with our Palmdale dentist to learn more!
The Tooth Extraction Process
You may need an extraction if you an impacted tooth, severe periodontal disease, crowded teeth, chronic tooth decay, and more. Once we decide that a tooth extraction is the best option for you, we’ll set you up for an appointment to have the procedure. Before we begin your extraction, we use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area around your tooth. Then, we use sterilized forceps to gently pull your tooth out of the socket. The procedure will be over before you know it and our Palmdale dentist will send you home with a detailed set of aftercare instructions to ensure that you have a speedy, pain-free recovery. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Palmdale dental office!
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. While wisdom teeth can come in with zero issues, they are notorious for causing various dental problems. Wisdom teeth can get stuck underneath the gum line, push your other teeth, create crowding, and more. Have your wisdom teeth come in yet? Even if they haven’t, we can take X-rays to see if they are likely to cause problems in the future and remove them before they ever have a chance to.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
While we will give you a personalized set of instructions after your extraction. Here are some common steps that we advise all patients to follow to foster a quick and smooth healing process:
- Use over-the-counter pain medications or prescriptions as indicated by doctor.
- Leave initial gauze in for about three to four hours following the extraction.
- Ice the area for 10 minutes at a time—any longer can cause damage.
- Don’t use straws because the suction can dislodge the blood clot.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Prop your head up when you sleep during the healing process.
What can you eat after a dental extraction?
After your dental extraction procedure, you will want to avoid eating anything too hard, crunchy, or difficult to chew. Any foods that are soft and require little to no chewing, like yogurt, cream of wheat, applesauce, bananas, avocados, pudding, and mashed potatoes are good choices. We also recommend avoiding foods that are very hot or very cold, as your mouth may feel a little more sensitive than usual in the days following a dental extraction. If you can chew with the other side of your mouth, that can also help reduce sensitivity and discomfort as well.
Can you be sedated during a dental extraction?
Yes, our practice offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, two very safe and effective dental sedation options. Just let our team know that you would like to utilize dental sedation during your appointment and we will be happy to offer more information and add it to your treatment plan. Every dental extraction involves applying a local anesthetic around the tooth that is being extracted to ensure that the procedure is painless, but if you experience any level of dental anxiety, dental sedation can be beneficial for calming your anxious thoughts and helping you relax during your appointment.
When can I return to normal daily activities?
It depends on your treatment plan and the activities that you are involved in. We recommend taking it easy for the rest of the day after a dental extraction if possible, and you should avoid exercising or moving around too much for at least 24 hours after the procedure to avoid disrupting the healing process. Most patients can return to work or school a day or two after their procedure. Our team can answer any specific questions you have and offer a personalized recommendation for your dental extraction aftercare when you come in for your next appointment.