While Dr. Jose Valenzuela in Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, will make every effort to save your teeth, tooth extraction may be necessary if a tooth is severely damaged or decayed. If your tooth must be extracted, he will use the most gentle techniques in modern dentistry to ensure your comfort. Dr. Valenzuela can also replace your tooth with an implant-supported restoration to maintain the integrity of your smile.
There are several different reasons why a tooth may need to be removed:
Fortunately, advanced methods and technologies allow us to remove a tooth with minimal discomfort. We also offer sedation if you are feeling anxious or have difficulty sitting for long periods. To begin the process, Dr. Valenzuela will numb the gums with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during treatment. Next, he will access the tooth for removal. If the tooth is mostly intact with sufficient structure visible above the gum line, he will simply loosen it and gently lift it from the socket using forceps. If the tooth is impacted, fractured, or severely broken, he may need to make an incision, remove small amounts of bone, or divide the tooth into segments for easier extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the site will be closed with sutures.
Fortunately, today’s advanced methods and technologies allow us to remove a tooth with minimal discomfort.
Any discomfort you experience after extraction can usually be managed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers. Slight swelling is typical and can be reduced with the application of a cold compress to the external jaw every 20 minutes for the first 24 hours. During the first two days, heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided, as strenuous activity can elevate the heart rate and result in increased bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Patients should also plan to eat a soft food diet for the first few days to minimize tenderness. After your procedure, Dr. Valenzuela will provide you with a comprehensive list of post-surgical instructions. Closely following these guidelines will help you experience a quick and comfortable recovery.
With the exception of wisdom teeth, we always recommend replacing teeth that have to be removed. When you are missing teeth, it can compromise the function, health, and aesthetics of your smile. Over time, adjacent teeth will shift into the gaps left behind. This can significantly change your bite and have a negative impact on your oral health. There are several replacement options available. However, the best option is a dental implant. Because implants replace the roots of the missing teeth, they not only keep restorations firmly in place, but also prevent the jaw atrophy that would otherwise occur after tooth loss. During a consultation with Dr. Valenzuela, he can determine if dental implants are right for you.
In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary in order to preserve your oral health. To explore your treatment options, schedule an appointment at our practice. You can contact us online or give us a call at (866) 223-6147.
1005 2nd St
Los Algodones, BCN 21970
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