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 office 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 we’ll 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 us!
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.