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Tooth Extraction
Simi Valley, CA


Female patient of Simi Hills Dental holding cheek due to tooth ache in Simi Valley, CAAt Simi Hills Dental, our priority is always to save your teeth. But in some cases, if a tooth becomes severely decayed or damaged, or if it is interfering with the normal growth of other teeth, it is better to remove it. If you are having teeth issues, Dr. Stout can talk through the options with you.

Reasons for Dental Extractions


There are a lot of reasons why your tooth/teeth may need to be removed:
•  Your teeth may suffer from severe dental caries or periodontal disease.
•  You may have gotten severe facial trauma which severely damaged the bone structure, pulp or nerve of the tooth.
•  You may develop an abscess or a pus-filled cavity around your tooth.
•  Crowding in the mouth may be shifting your teeth out of alignment.
•  Your baby teeth may not fall off, preventing your permanent teeth from emerging.
•  You need to undergo radiation therapy for cancer treatment in the head and neck region.
•  You have impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause swelling and pain in your gums.

Types of Dental Extractions


There are two main types of dental extractions:

Simple Extraction


At Simi Hills Dental, after giving you local anesthesia, we will loosen the affected tooth with a dental tool called the elevator. Once the tooth is loose, we will pull it out with the help of forceps. Once the surgery is completed, we will place gauze on top of the empty socket and tell you to gently bite down on it to curb the bleeding.

A simple extraction is a very simple and straightforward procedure that involves no pain during the procedure, but some pressure. Pain from the extraction site can resolve itself in as little as a few hours to 24 hours.

Surgical Extraction


A surgical extraction is necessary for a tooth that is not visible above the gumline or is too large to be removed in a single piece. For this extraction, we may give you a mild sedative along with local anesthesia. We will then make an incision in your gums to reach the tooth. The tooth will be split into multiple pieces, and each piece will then be individually extracted.

A surgical extraction is usually done on impacted wisdom teeth, molars, or teeth that have broken off at the gumline. The surgical site may also need to be sutured to stop the bleeding.

A surgical extraction involves more pain than a simple extraction. Your mouth may experience some swelling after the procedure, and the pain may take three days to a week to go away completely.

What to Expect After Dental Extractions


After dental extraction, you may be advised not to do things that will hinder normal healing. This includes rinsing your mouth or spitting rigorously or drinking through a straw for the next 24 hours.

People who smoke should also abstain from cigarettes for the first few weeks as smoking interferes with the healing process.

Hard and hot food must be avoided as it can hurt the healing socket. Instead, eat cold and soft foods like ice cream, apple sauce, broth, and porridge.

To lessen the swelling, you can try some home remedies like placing a bag of ice on the side of your face. We may also recommend some pain-relief medication.

Most patients do not require a follow-up appointment after the procedure. However, if you experience excessive pain and bleeding afterward, you might need to come back to us for a dental exam. To schedule an appointment, call us at (805) 317-4999 today.
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