If you have to have a tooth removed, you’re not alone. Many people get this standard dental treatment to address a variety of issues, such as:
On top of that, approximately 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year! However, even though tooth extractions are common, that doesn’t make it easier to face.
Daniel Park, DDS, at Beaumont Cherry Valley Dental in Beaumont, California, understands that no one looks forward to a tooth extraction. That’s why he wants to give you some encouraging facts to chew on if you need to have a tooth pulled.
Experts estimate that dental anxiety affects more than 75% of adults. Unfortunately, this phobia keeps far too many people from routine dental visits, which increases their chances of losing teeth.
Dr. Park’s primary goal is to keep you comfortable during every visit, no matter if you need a general dental exam or a more intensive treatment, such as a tooth extraction.
If you have dental anxiety, Dr. Park can work with you before your visit to keep you comfortable throughout the entire process. By having a clear understanding of your personal fears and anxieties, Dr. Park can take steps to ensure you stay relaxed during your procedure, from the moment you enter the office to the time you head home.
Dr. Park brings years of experience to tooth extractions, so you can rest easy knowing you’re in the very best hands. Before removing your tooth, he thoroughly numbs the area and administers local or intravenous anesthesia.
Not only does this ensure that you have no discomfort during the extraction, but it can even eliminate pain if you’re experiencing a dental emergency or tooth condition, such as excessive decay.
When you have a tooth removed, Dr. Park uses special tools to extract the tooth. This process varies from tooth to tooth. For example, a simple extraction often involves loosening the tooth and using forceps to remove it. However, more complex tooth extractions involve incisions in the gum tissue to remove the tooth and sometimes part of the jawbone.
Despite the complexity of tooth extractions, the risks are minimal. The primary complications are dry socket and infection. Dry socket is a condition in which there is no blood clot where the tooth was extracted, because the clot dislodged or didn’t form.
To help you avoid dry socket and infection and also help your mouth heal properly, Dr. Park will provide detailed instructions on caring for your mouth after your extraction.
While you won’t feel a thing during your extraction, you will have some discomfort when the anesthesia wears off. However, Dr. Park will provide guidance on managing any pain or swelling. You can usually expect to feel better within a few days.
During the first 24 hours after an extraction, Dr. Park usually recommends:
Dr. Park will also offer guidance on the best foods to eat early on and how to keep your mouth clean while you heal.
Do you think you need a tooth extraction? Get a thorough evaluation and learn more about the positive aspects of this treatment by calling 951-845-2661 to book an appointment with Beaumont Cherry Valley Dental today.