Tooth extractions are a common type of oral surgery. They provide a safe and effective way to remove teeth that are damaged, crowded, decaying, or impacted. In Burbank, California, cosmetic and family dentist Jaikrishnan R. Kakanar, DDS, performs tooth extractions on an outpatient basis. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
A tooth extraction is a quick, relatively pain-free outpatient procedure used to remove one or several teeth. Some of the most common reasons that Dr. Kakanar performs tooth extractions include:
You might also benefit from tooth extractions if you’re preparing to undergo an organ transplant or chemotherapy. These treatments can increase your risk of infection or other oral complications.
Prior to extracting any teeth, Dr. Kakanar conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms. He then orders oral X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots, jaws, and alveolar bone.
Let Dr. Kakanar know if you have any underlying health problems like kidney disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. These ailments won’t prevent you from getting an extraction, but they may increase the risk of complications. To ensure your safety, Dr. Kakanar may prescribe antibiotics prior to your procedure.
Dr. Kakanar offers the following types of tooth extractions:
If your affected tooth is above the gum line and easy to access, Dr. Kakanar performs a simple extraction. At the beginning of treatment, he administers a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. After your tooth roots and gums are numb, he uses an elevator to loosen the tooth and removes it with forceps.
If you have an impacted tooth that’s below the gum line, Dr. Kakanar performs a surgical extraction. Prior to treatment, he administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums and tooth roots. Dr. Kakanar makes an incision above the tooth to access it. He separates the tooth into smaller pieces and extracts each section, one at a time, using forceps.
In some instances, Dr. Kakanar has to remove the bone surrounding a tooth. If this occurs, he might recommend a bone graft. Following your extraction, Dr. Kakanar implants a small piece of synthetic bone material in the empty socket. Over time, the synthetic material encourages the growth of new, healthy bone tissue.
By receiving a bone graft following an extraction, you’re more likely to be a candidate for dental implants.
After your tooth extraction, it’s normal to experience some mild swelling, soreness, and gum sensitivity. To limit discomfort, apply an ice pack to your cheek or take over-the-counter pain medication.
For the first 24 hours, avoid drinking from a straw and eat soft foods like scrambled eggs, soup, or mashed potatoes. Continue to brush and floss like you normally would, but do so gently around the extraction site.
To see if you’re a candidate for tooth extractions, request a consultation at the practice of Jaikrishnan R. Kakanar, DDS. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call the office today.