How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is a procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. There are many reasons why a dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. The most common reason is if there are too many teeth for the size of the jaw, which can cause overcrowding and serious oral health problems in the future. Other reasons can include:

  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Severe gum disease
  • Dental infection or abscess
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • A baby tooth that won’t fall out to make room for the permanent tooth

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. The dentist Montebello Los Angeles, CA, will perform an exam to determine the cause of your symptoms and make a recommendation for treatment. 

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

Before the actual tooth removal, you’ll meet with your dentist to discuss sedation options and help you choose the right type of anesthetic for you. After you decide which option is best for you, the dentist Montebello Los Angeles, CA, will numb your gums with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed, they will proceed with the tooth extraction. The actual procedure usually takes between five and fifteen minutes, depending on how much of your tooth needs to be removed. After the procedure is complete, you can recover at home. Stay hydrated with plenty of water and soft foods for several days after the extraction. It’s normal for there to be some swelling, bleeding, and pain after the procedure, but over-the-counter pain relievers can help you manage these symptoms. If needed, you can also take antibiotics to prevent infection in the empty socket. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions to follow after your procedure.

What Are the Aftercare Instructions?

Just like any other treatment, it’s important that you follow the instructions that the dentist Montebello Los Angeles, CA, gives you precisely. You will need to take special care of your mouth in the hours and days afterward. Your mouth will need time to heal, so avoid eating or drinking hot foods until the numbness has worn off. Rinsing your mouth with salt water will help the healing process; you can also brush your teeth gently to help keep the surrounding teeth clean.

For any dental services, get in touch with Dr. David Hakham, Dentist Montebello Los Angeles, CA, at 6451 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles 90022, or call (323)728-0241.


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