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A dental extraction means to get a diseased, decayed or problematic tooth removed. At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, although it is our primary objective to save your tooth, sometimes dental extractions become necessary.
Why is Dental Extraction Necessary Sometimes?
There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted:
Procedures for Tooth Extraction
Your tooth extraction will either be simple or surgical by Dr. Shohreh Sabeti.
Simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is properly erupted and visible in the mouth. Before simple extraction, you will be given local anesthesia. We will then use an instrument called an elevator to wiggle your tooth and then use forceps to extract it once it is loose.
During the extraction procedure, you will only feel pressure but no pain. If you feel pain, let us know immediately.
The recovery time for a simple extraction is minimal, and people are back on their feet and their routine as soon as the procedure is performed. There may be slight pain once the anesthesia has worn off for 24 hours, but it can be managed by over-the-counter pain meds.
A surgical extraction is done on a tooth that has not properly erupted in the mouth, like a wisdom tooth. It is also done on teeth that are broken off at the gum line. Before the procedure, local anesthesia is given to the patient, though we may also administer sedatives to keep the anxious patients comfortable.
A surgical incision on the gum is made to expose the underlying tooth and bone structure. We may first remove some of the surrounding bone and split the tooth in half. This makes it easy for extraction. We will then lift out the broken tooth pieces with the help of forceps.
Surgical extractions are more complicated than simple extractions. You may require sutures to close the surgical site once the tooth has been removed. Some pain may persist for 3 to 7 days, though many patients heal even faster.
Risks of Tooth Extraction
Some people may suffer from complications after tooth extractions, though they are quite uncommon.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, and they persist for several days, call us at (213) 314-0636 so that we can determine what the issue is and treat it appropriately.