Tooth Extraction in San Pedro
Discover why the team at Smile Emporium has such an excellent reputation in San Pedro for tooth extraction and other dental services. Call for an appointment now at (424) 224-7300.
Introduction to Tooth Extraction Services Available at Your San Pedro Dentist
When you or a loved one have a problem with a tooth and need it removed as soon as possible, you want to find a dentist in San Pedro that understands your concerns and has plenty of experience taking care of painful dental issues.
Common Causes and Symptoms That Lead to Tooth Extraction
What are the typical circumstances where you would need to get your tooth extracted? A range of issues can lead to a patient needing a tooth extraction, including:
* Permanent teeth are blocked by baby teeth that haven’t fallen out yet
* Patient has extra teeth blocking new teeth from emerging
* Tooth decay has progressed far into the tooth
* Severe infection has damaged a significant area of the tooth
* Teeth are crowding
* Patient needs braces but tooth extraction is required first, to make room
What to Expect With a Tooth Extraction From Your Dentist in San Pedro
Your dentist in San Pedro has many years of experience taking care of tooth extractions, so rest assured that you will be in good hands during your appointment.
Prior to the extraction, your dentist will obtain your medical history and dental records. An X-ray will usually need to be taken at this time too, to better visualize the tooth and its position in the mouth in preparation for the procedure.
To minimize pain, the dentist will administer an anesthetic for local numbing. Depending on your situation, you might be a candidate for anesthesia via an IV (intravenously), to put you in a state of conscious sedation or all the way to sleep. For this reason, you will need to have someone prepared to give you a ride home after the extraction.
If the dentist can visualize the tooth in your mouth, a simple extraction will be called for. But if the situation is more complicated, such as for a tooth that has not pushed up yet or has broken off, you may undergo a surgical extraction.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
Once your tooth has been successfully extracted by the dentist, you will have to take some time for recovery. Initially, the dentist will give you some sterile gauze to bite down on. Keep it positioned over the extraction area for about 45 minutes to cut down on bleeding, until the area is sealed with a clot.
Over the next day, do not smoke, brush your teeth at the extraction site and refrain from rinsing out your mouth (if you must, rinse gently).
Your pain threshold may indicate a need for some prescription pain medication. Follow the dentist’s instructions and listen to the pharmacist about dosing. Pain relief is often improved when you hold an icepack against your jaw, for up to 15 minutes at a time. Until you have recovered, avoid drinking hot liquids and do not use a straw.
Do You or a Loved One Need Emergency Tooth Extraction Today?
When you or a friend or family member are in need of emergency tooth extraction, you don’t want to waste any time in getting treatment. This is why you’ll want to come in and get help from Dr. Sam Zaker, who has many years of experience treating patients in San Pedro. We use state-of-the art dental technology and follow dentistry best practices to provide optimal care to each individual we treat.
Discomfort and pain from a problematic tooth will be a thing of the past after you walk in our doors for treatment. Our staff takes pride in creating a warm and friendly environment that you will find relaxing during the tooth extraction procedure. To learn more about our approach to dentistry or to book an appointment, please connect with us at (424) 224-7300 or click here today.