It is always optimal to keep your natural teeth, but sometimes it becomes necessary to extract a tooth.
Dispelling Fear Of Tooth Extraction
At ModelSmile Dentistry in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Chow routinely performs gentle tooth extraction to relieve pain, treat abscessed teeth and to prepare for other restorative work. His gentle calm manner sets the tone of the procedure which most patients are delighted to find is painless and fast.
The procedure is done after the tooth is completely numbed and the patient is prepared for the slight pressure that signals the offending tooth is out. Recovery is usually a matter of keeping the tooth socket free of food and debris and following simple instructions such as not drinking hot liquids, not using a straw and not brushing the area for a few days.
A protective blood clot forms in the socket of any tooth removed. The purpose is to protect the area from bacteria and to provide a buffer against saliva and other substances until it is healed. Leaving the clot in place by following the post extraction instructions is simple and within a few days dental hygiene can return to normal.