Tooth Extractions in Alhambra, CA
One of the most commonly performed dental procedures is an extraction. Extractions are crucial for reducing pain, getting rid of decayed teeth, as well as making room when orthodontic work is needed.
A tooth extraction is performed after it is deemed that a specific tooth needs to be removed. Tooth extractions are performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure with either local, general or iv anesthesia. Teeth that are broken or impacted below the surface , such as wisdom teeth, will require a more detailed surgical procedure.
The most critical part of the process is recovery. We need to make sure we control the bleeding and encourage a proper healing process immediately following the tooth extraction. This involves having you bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot. You must be extremely careful not to disturb the blood clot for the next 24 hours. To manage swelling, we recommend an ice pack on the outer cheek, and once swelling has gone down, a warm compress to the same area for comfort. Gentle rinses with warm saltwater also help keep the extraction area clean.