If you have severe tooth decay, impacted wisdom teeth, or crowded teeth, you can turn to periodontist Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS, in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Bikhazi and her experienced team offer tooth extraction to safely, effectively, and painlessly remove teeth in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Bikhazi’s office today by phone or book online to find out if a tooth extraction is right for you.
Tooth extraction is a minimally invasive surgery that Dr. Bikhazi and her team use to remove permanent teeth that can’t be saved using other dental treatments. More simply, it’s called pulling teeth.
The team uses atraumatic extraction instruments. These dental tools cause very little tissue damage when pulling teeth. The procedure is fast and painless, with very little downtime needed for recovery.
Dr. Bikhazi will recommend tooth extraction if you experience any of the following:
To determine if you’re a candidate for tooth extraction, Dr. Bikhazi and her staff review your oral health history and symptoms. They examine your gums and teeth and take dental X-rays.
Follow all instructions on what to do before undergoing tooth extraction. Make sure that you have a family member or friend to drive you home after the procedure. Don't eat or drink anything the day of surgery if Dr. Bikhazi recommends it. And stop taking specific medications as directed.
Dr. Bikhazi numbs the treatment area and offers you a sedative to help you relax. She gently makes tiny incisions in your gums to remove the affected teeth. She then uses tiny stitches to close the incisions and places gauze in the empty spaces to stop excessive bleeding.
Take it easy after tooth extraction. Follow all of the doctor’s instructions on what to do after your surgery. Avoid excessive spitting, replace the gauze as needed, ice the treatment area when necessary, and take over-the-counter pain medicine to manage any discomfort while you heal.
Avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, carbonated sodas, and hot beverages for the first day or two after your tooth extraction. And don’t drink through a straw. Begin with a soft-food diet initially, and don’t brush your teeth or use mouthwash until Dr. Bikhazi gives you the OK. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco products.
After your mouth heals, you could be a candidate for dental implants with crowns, bridges, or dentures to restore and perfect your smile.
To find out if a tooth extraction is right for you, call Vanessa Bikhazi, DDS, today or book an appointment online.