Tooth extraction may be needed when a tooth is seriously diseased, damaged, or is impacted. Wisdom teeth extraction is the most common type of extraction. By removing wisdom teeth that are causing issues, patients can achieve pain relief and can avoid damage to the other teeth in the mouth. Dr. Lloyd Pragasam at Pragasam Family Dentistry in Redlands, California can perform tooth extractions that are customized based on patient need and preferences. If you have questions about tooth extraction or would like to schedule an appointment to have a tooth extracted, call the office or use our convenient online scheduling tool today.
Wisdom teeth typically start to cause issues when they try to break through the gums or when they start trying to come in beneath other existing teeth. Most patients who have their wisdom teeth extracted do so because they're experiencing pain or other problems.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it's growing in at a sharp angle rather than straight upward. An impacted wisdom tooth needs to be removed because it can damage the roots of the other teeth in your mouth, especially the back teeth like the molars. Impacted wisdom teeth can encourage infections to develop, and those infections can lead to problems for the entire mouth and even the whole body, if not addressed. Wisdom teeth often cause considerable pain as they try to grow in, and impacted wisdom teeth are the worst of all.
No, it depends on the patient and his or her individual situation. If you only have issues with a single wisdom tooth, Dr. Pragasam may not recommend the removal of all four teeth at once. However, most of the time, patients experience issues with multiple wisdom teeth at once, so they may opt to have all four teeth removed in a single procedure.
For most tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth extractions, a local anesthetic is used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Some patients opt for general anesthesia during wisdom teeth extraction, especially if all four wisdom teeth are being removed.
After tooth extraction, you'll need to stick with a soft diet for a few days. Foods that you can eat after a tooth extraction include:
When you drink, avoid using a straw. When you suck on a straw, you can accidentally weaken the sutures in the tooth extraction area. This, in turn, can slow down the clotting process and can prolong your recovery time. Dr. Pragasam will give you additional recommendations to follow during your teeth extraction recovery. With the right care, you'll be feeling much better in just a few days.