Arcadia Perio Care

Periodontists located in Arcadia, CA

Tooth decay and damage can often mean tooth extraction. This can sound scary, but Donna Klauser, DDS, and the team at Arcadia Perio Care in Arcadia, California, offer state-of-the-art options to allow you to put your best smile forward. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dental extractions.

Extractions Q & A

What are dental extractions?

A dental extraction is another way to say pulling teeth. You might need a dental extraction for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth damage
  • Overcrowded mouth
  • Infection, or being at risk for infection
  • Prep for orthodontic treatment

The team at Arcadia Perio Care knows that having a tooth pulled sounds scary, and they strive to make the procedure as smooth as possible.

What do I need to be aware of before a dental extraction?

It’s important to tell your doctor if you have or have had any heart defects, damaged heart valves, an impaired immune system, liver disease, hip replacement, or bacterial endocarditis. These all raise the possibility of complications if the breakdown of the tooth leads to harmful bacteria entering the bloodstream.  

What happens during a dental extraction?

The team is highly trained in the field and provides top-tier care to all of their patients. The procedure starts by anesthetic administered to numb the affected area. Your provider then removes the tooth; sometimes it’s necessary to extract the tooth in pieces. Once the tooth is removed, a blood clot forms in the gum area where the tooth had been. This area is sometimes stitched up with dissolvable stitches.

How long is recovery from a dental extraction?

It may take a few days to recover from a dental extraction. It may help to take a pain reliever and use an ice pack. It helps if you bite down on the gauze that your provider gives you after the procedure for at least a few hours post-procedure.

It’s important to eat soft foods, such as yogurt, during your recovery. You shouldn’t smoke, use a straw, or brush or floss the extraction area while your mouth is healing. It’s encouraged, however, that you brush and floss the other areas of your mouth.

If you feel sick or experience unusual pain, swelling, or discharge, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Your provider may recommend getting a dental implant or another device for the extraction area.

Call Arcadia Perio Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dental extractions.