From severely decayed teeth to impacted wisdom teeth, extractions offer a solution when you need a tooth removed. At Art of Dental Wellness, fellowship-trained dentist Kerri M. Hill, DDS, offers teeth extraction services to meet your needs. With over 15 years of experience and a stellar reputation, Dr. Hill provides detailed and compassionate dental care to patients at her Beverly Hills, California, office. Call to schedule your appointment or use the online booking tool to secure your consultation.
Extractions Q & A
What are teeth extractions?
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that removes your tooth and tooth root. Dr. Hill uses this procedure to remove teeth that are damaged, highly decayed, or impacted, such as your wisdom teeth. She may also extract teeth if your mouth is too crowded and you’re preparing for orthodontics to align your teeth.
If tooth decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, the center containing nerves and blood vessels, you have a high risk of infection, and Dr. Hill may recommend extracting the tooth.
Why do you extract wisdom teeth?
Dr. Hill performs wisdom teeth extraction for a variety of reasons. Wisdom teeth are the large teeth in the back of your mouth. Called the third molars, they typically break through your gums between ages 17-25.
These teeth rarely grow in straight. Often, they become impacted, which means they’re stuck in your jawbone or growing parallel to your jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth put a strain on your other teeth, crowd them, and lead to pain and discomfort at the back of your jaw.
When wisdom teeth are left in your mouth, you may have an increased risk of:
- Misaligned teeth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
What should you expect after a tooth extraction?
When Dr. Hill extracts your tooth, you should expect some swelling and bleeding. You may experience some discomfort, which you can manage with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Dr. Hill packs your gums with gauze, which you should replace throughout the day. Bite down on this gauze as much as possible to apply pressure to your wound, helping to quell the bleeding.
Without proper aftercare, you can suffer from a range of tooth extraction complications, including infection and dry sockets. Dr. Hill asks you to:
- Apply ice in 10-minute intervals throughout the day
- Take it easy for the first 24 hours with limited activity
- Not spit with force for the first 24 hours
- Rinse with salt water multiple times daily after the first 24 hours
- Avoid drinking from a straw
- Stop smoking to promote healing
- Eat soft foods and slowly introduce solids as you heal
- Prop your head with pillows when reclining
During your appointment, Dr. Hill provides more detailed instructions based on your specific case.
If you need a tooth extraction, schedule your appointment with Dr. Hill by calling or going online.