Tooth extraction is considered the treatment of last resort and only recommended when necessary for your oral and overall health and well being. Dr. Ken Schweifler may perform your tooth extraction in the comfort of our Los Altos dentist office. For more complex extractions such as an impacted wisdom tooth, we will coordinate your care with a local specialist for the best result.
Reasons for A Tooth Extraction
There are several key reasons for extracting a natural tooth. Whatever your unique needs, Dr. Schweifler will educate you on all possible treatment options and can provide tooth replacement procedures if needed.
- Severe decay or damage: if restorative treatments or a root canal have failed or are considered ineffective, your tooth may need to be extracted as a result of severe damage or decay.
- Crowding of teeth: in some cases, tooth extraction may be recommended to allow for a more comfortable and functional bite if teeth are crowded. This is often part of a larger treatment plan that may include orthodontics.
- Wisdom teeth: these third molars are typically extracted due to lack of room for complete eruption or impaction. Dr. Schweifler will monitor the development of wisdom teeth in growing children and make recommendations as necessary for removal at the appropriate time. Wisdom teeth are often removed in the late teens and early twenties to avoid further complications.
Is tooth extraction painful?
Tooth extraction can cause some discomfort during the process but most patients are kept comfortable with a local anesthetic. We will discuss your needs and concerns prior to your visit and can offer dental sedation when necessary. Once the tooth is extracted there is minor swelling which will decrease in the first couple of days. The impact of side effects is often dependent upon the location of the extraction and size of the tooth. Over the counter pain medications can relieve discomfort and reduce swelling.
What are the dietary restrictions after tooth extraction?
Dr. Schweifler will provide personalized post-treatment instructions for your unique needs. For most patients, a soft diet is recommended for the first day or two to reduce the effects of chewing forces. Avoid using a straw for drinking while the socket heals to keep the blood clot in place.