Tooth extraction is dreaded by most people, but it is a very routine procedure done daily at Las Vegas Smile Center. Ideally it is best to maintain natural teeth, but sometimes tooth extraction is unavoidable. Why are teeth extracted? What is the procedure like? Can there be complications?
To keep you from having to visit a specialist, Dr. Arian performs minor oral surgery in our Las Vegas office. You’ll feel confident and comfortable in the office you know, under the care of oral health professionals that you can trust.
Minor oral surgery includes procedures such as crown lengthening, biopsies, and tooth extraction. If our dentist at Las Vegas Smile Center feels that you would be better served by an oral surgeon or other specialist, he’ll refer you to a trusted colleague for care. However, his postgraduate training in a number of areas has equipped him with the knowledge and expertise to perform diverse services for our patients in Las Vegas.
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Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.
When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially a flap of skin, called an operculum, may form over the tooth. This can make the tooth hard to clean, and pieces of food may be caught under the skin. This makes it easy for an infection, called pericoronitis, to develop. It will usually go away on its own, but it causes swelling and pain in the area.
Impacted teeth and wisdom teeth that can potentially cause problems, like infections, need to be removed. Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing all four wisdom teeth at once. Based on the recommendation of Dr. Arian and/or preference of the patient, a local anesthetic could be used to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. Some patients will prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they will be sedated during the procedure.
The gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut open to reveal the tooth. At Las Vegas Smile Center Dr. Arian loosens the tooth by gripping it tightly and wiggling it back and forth until it can be lifted out of the gums. Sometimes a tooth may be impacted so tightly that it cannot be simply lifted out of the gums. In cases like this the tooth will be broken up into pieces first before being removed. Depending on the incision and extraction site, sutures may be needed to close the area. Soluble sutures are the best option, which will dissolve on their own.
After the minor oral surgery at the Las Vegas Smile Center you will need to rest. You need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call the Las Vegas Smile Center. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Dr. Arian will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for swelling.Dr. Arian might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
What can I eat after a tooth extraction?
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
- …and other food you can eat without chewing.
When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly call the Las Vegas Smile Center for a follow up.
Teeth Extractions For Children
There are three main reasons why teeth are extracted on children. Large decay can lead to pain and infection. This is one reason why baby teeth are removed. Sometimes baby teeth refuse to come out on their own. This can cause the replacement permanent teeth to come in crowded or crooked. If your child experiences this, Dr. Arian can intervene and perform a tooth extraction on your child. Sometimes teeth have to be removed for orthodontic treatment. If there is no room in the mouth or if there are extra teeth, the tooth extraction may be performed.
Tooth Extraction for Adults
What about tooth extraction on adults? Infection is a leading cause of teeth extractions on adults. Many infections may be treated with root canal therapy , but sometimes a tooth is non-restorable due to fracture or extensive decay. In these instances an extraction is needed. Cost is also a factor for some. Extractions are less expensive than root canals, so some patients choose to remove teeth rather than save them. Another leading cause of tooth extractions is periodontal disease. This condition leads to bone and tissue loss which results in mobile or loose teeth. Third molars or wisdom teeth are also frequently removed for various reasons.
Before your extraction, Dr. Arian will give you an injection of dental anesthetic. This will ensure that you’re comfortable during the procedure. You may feel pressure during the extraction, but you shouldn’t feel pain. Some teeth require surgical extractions. Teeth may be cut with a surgical headpiece and bur, and removed in sections. Sutures are sometimes used to aid in healing after an extraction. In extreme or complex cases, patients may be referred to an oral surgeon.
After your extraction, our Las Vegas dentist will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your extraction site. It is important to carefully follow these instructions to prevent excessive bleeding, dry socket, and other complications.
Missing teeth should be replaced when possible. There are several ways to replace teeth that have been extracted. These include dentures, partials, bridges, and implants. Dr. Arian will explain all of the available options, answer all of your questions, and help you make a decision.
Extractions are not something to fear or dread. Technological advances used by skilled practitioners like Dr. Arian make the procedure easier for the patient. Most of us will need at least one extraction at some point in our lives. Dr. Afshin Arian and the staff of The Las Vegas Smile Center will ensure that your experience is as pleasant as possible.