Locascio Family Dentistry

Tooth Extractions - Elk Grove, CA

Expert Tooth Removal at Locascio Family Dentistry

8101 Laguna Blvd., Suite #1
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Directions (916) 683-4333
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Tooth Extraction

When the extraction of a tooth is required:

  1. An incision in the gums is made
  2. The tooth is removed
  3. The area is stitched up and is allowed to heal

It is important to think about a tooth replacement option directly. The removal of a tooth can potentially affect the surrounding teeth. The extent of the impact depends on various factors, such as the extracted tooth's location, the surrounding teeth' condition, and underlying bone structure.

After extraction, the surrounding teeth can shift or move out of place, which can cause misalignment or bite problems. This misalignment can happen because the remaining teeth may collapse towards the gap left by the extracted tooth to fill the space.

Because teeth rely on one another for support, losing a tooth may leave the surrounding teeth less stable. This lack of stability may increase their susceptibility to injury or decay, especially if they are already weak from previous dental issues.

After extraction, the bone surrounding the lost tooth may start to resorb or shrink, leading to bone loss in the surrounding area. This bone loss can affect the stability of the surrounding teeth and can also make it more difficult to replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant in the future.

If you are considering a future dental implant, you should ask Dr. Locascio about a bone graft at the time of surgery to preserve the bone width and height.

Will there be bleeding with a tooth extraction?

It's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding after tooth extraction. You will be asked to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the extraction. If the bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times. After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids in healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush your teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

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After Extraction Care

    DAY TWO rinse your mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using a one-quarter teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
    Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
    An ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the operated area, a one-half hour on and one-half hour off for 4-5 hours.
  4. PAIN
    For mild to moderate pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like. If the doctor prescribes a specific pain medication, follow the instructions and do not mix it with other medications unless approved by your doctor.
  5. FOOD
    A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
    Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to our office for their simple removal.
    If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once.
  8. The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.
After Extraction Care

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Dental Sedation

For patients who experience anxiety or fear when undergoing dental procedures, ask Dr. Locascio about sedation. Dental sedation helps patients relax during procedures. It can reduce anxiety and discomfort, make the procedure easier for the dentist, and allow patients to get needed dental care they may have avoided due to fear or anxiety. It can also be helpful for patients who have a strong gag reflex or who need to undergo longer or more complex dental procedures.