A tooth extraction may be necessary for several reasons including overcrowding, infection, and severe damage. Considered the treatment of last resort, Dr. Reid will recommend an extraction when it is in the best interest of your overall dental health.
Dr. Reid performs tooth extraction at Tahoe Dental Artistry in Truckee, CA, in the comfort of his spa-like dentist office. He offers relaxation and sedation options to help you feel completely relaxed during the procedure.
Tooth Extractions: What To Expect
Dr. Reid will discuss all aspects of your tooth extraction, including appropriate replacement options when necessary. You may receive a dose of antibiotics prior to your procedure to avoid infection and will be given post care instructions to minimize any pain, swelling or bleeding you may experience.
Over the counter pain relievers and cold compresses on the exterior of the cheek are typically sufficient and will promote healing. It is recommended that patients avoid smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws for a period of time after the extraction to allow the tissues to heal and avoid infection.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Dr. Reid will monitor the development of wisdom teeth in young adult patients and make the recommendation for extraction when deemed necessary for long term dental health. In most cases, the wisdom teeth affect neighboring teeth and cause bite problems when teeth become too crowded. For lifelong dental health and to avoid having teeth shift, the wisdom teeth are removed after they have erupted.
If impacted wisdom teeth in an adult patient have become infected, common signs and symptoms are swelling, pain and infection.
Dr. Reid may remove your wisdom teeth in his Truckee dentist office, but in situations where teeth are impacted and affecting the bone you may be referred to a local oral surgeon for care.