Tooth Extractions Redondo Beach
Having a tooth extracted is nothing to feel anxious or worry about. Dr. Greg is experienced in performing tooth extraction in Redondo Beach, having treated over hundreds of patients. The tooth is not rigidly fixed in the bone as some may believe. It is secured through a network of fibers known as the periodontal ligament. The tooth can be manipulated and removed by detaching the fibers, which do not cause much trouble.
Several reasons for extracting a tooth include:
- Trauma or disease – Tooth affected by trauma or disease may require a full-coverage crown, root canal treatment, or both. However, these methods may not be enough to keep a tooth functioning and looking good, which may indicate the need for a complete replacement of the tooth.
- Orthodontic treatment – Teeth may require extraction when there are too many for dental arches to accommodate. This is known as crowding. When adequate space is created, the remaining teeth can be aligned properly.
- Impacted wisdom teeth – Early removal of impacted wisdom teeth can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, or gum tissue. If the tooth is an awkward position, it is best to remove it before the roots become fully formed.
- Baby teeth – If baby teeth are out of position, it may affect how the underlying permanent teeth erupt. Removing the baby tooth will negate the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.
The procedure is generally carried out using local anesthesia, which numbs the tooth and surrounding gum and bone tissues. Extra steps are taken to ensure the bone isn’t damaged during the process. Immediately after the extraction, the socket will be covered with sterile gauze, with gentle pressure applied to minimize bleeding.
Antibiotics are prescribed to allow the site to heal without any infections. Ice packs can be pressed on the outside of the jaw, it is also recommended to eat softer foods until your jaw becomes more comfortable. Within a few days, you should be fully recovered.