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Simple Tooth Extraction Vs. Surgical Extraction

Maintaining a healthy smile for life is a priority, but sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. At Perfect Smile Family Dentistry in SouthGate, we offer FREE dental exams to assess your unique needs before recommending any procedure.

When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary? Tooth extraction can be recommended in various situations:

  1. Overcrowding: When there's not enough jaw space, teeth can become overcrowded. We remove extra teeth to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
  2. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth can cause pain when they don't have enough space to emerge fully.
  3. Dental Infections: Severe decay sometimes requires extraction to prevent infection spread.
  4. Periodontal Disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth weakening and extraction.
  5. Delayed Baby Teeth Shedding: If baby teeth don't fall out as they should, we can remove them to make way for permanent ones.

How Are Teeth Extracted? Two types of extractions:

  1. Simple Extractions: These are for visible teeth. Local anesthesia is used, and sedation options are available for anxious patients. Recovery typically takes about four days with proper care.
  2. Surgical Extractions: Done for teeth that aren't visible, like impacted wisdom teeth. IV sedation or general anesthesia is used. The procedure involves accessing the tooth through a gum incision.

Post-Extraction Expectations: After extraction, you may experience gum bleeding, which can be controlled with a gauze pad. Protect the blood clot that forms to aid healing to prevent dry socket.

Post-Extraction Care. To ensure a smooth recovery:

  1. Use gauze until bleeding stops.
  2. Take prescribed medication.
  3. Apply an ice pack for swelling.
  4. Rest for 24 hours and avoid strenuous activity.
  5. Avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours.
  6. Elevate your head to reduce discomfort.
  7. Eat soft foods the day after.
  8. Rinse with warm, salty water after 24 hours.

If you experience severe symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath, contact a dentist promptly. A healthy smile is our priority!