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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

At Renaissance Dental Care, your healthy teeth and gums is our first priority. However, we know that life happens and so does tooth tooth extractionextraction. Your Rancho Cucamonga, CA dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, will evaluate your problem tooth and tell you if it can be saved or needs extraction. If the tooth must be pulled, count on Dr. Stockdale and his team at Renaissance Dental Care to accomplish it quickly and comfortably. Read here about why a tooth sometimes requires extraction.

Reasons for tooth extraction

The Oral Health Foundation states that almost three-quarters of adults have experienced tooth extraction. So don't think you're alone or odd because Dr. Stockdale says a particular tooth must go. Also, count on his knowledge and years of experience to tell you if a tooth is beyond repair.

Here are some common reasons why a tooth should be pulled:

  • Extensive decay
  • Mobility from gum disease or injury
  • Impaction, or encasement in bone or tissue, as may happen with wisdom teeth
  • Baby teeth blocking adult teeth
  • Severe overcrowding
  • Intrusion on orthodontic correction
  • Root fracture
  • Deterioration of supporting bone
  • Blocking radiation therapy for cancer

Your dentist in Rancho Cucamonga may have other reasons for tooth extraction. Rest assured, however, that if he recommends extraction, he also will supply a way to replace that tooth--either through fixed bridgework, a partial denture or a dental implant.

The extraction procedure

There are two ways to extract a tooth. Both may be accomplished with local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth. Also, Dr. Stockdale may advise other sedation options to keep you comfortable depending on the nature of the extraction.

The most common kind of extraction is the simple extraction. With this procedure, Dr. Stockdale loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then, he grasps the crown of the tooth with a forceps and pulls it out. He sutures the site closed and asks you to bite on sterile gauze to quell bleeding.

The other kind of extraction is surgical extraction. This treatment works for teeth fractured below the gum line or that must be removed in pieces. Impacted wisdom teeth often need surgical extraction.

After care

At home, extraction patients should rest until the next day and apply ice to the jaw to decrease swelling. Also, a clear liquid diet is best for the first day (broth, jello and juices). Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and if Dr. Stockdale prescribes antibiotics, take them as directed. Rinse with warm salt water for two to three days.

Also, take care of your sutures. Avoid drinking with a straw or smoking as the suction can dislodge sutures and the blood clot forming in the socket. Advance to a soft diet on day two as tolerated, and see Dr. Stockdale for suture removal. Call the office with sudden bleeding or pain.

Don't worry

At Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, your extraction and recovery will go well. If you have a worrisome tooth, please call the office at (909) 987-0040 for a personal consultation.




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