Gentle Tooth Extractions in Petaluma, CA
We believe that having a complete smile is key to feeling confident in your daily life. However, we know that unfortunate situations may arise and require a tooth removal. At Alma Dental Care, we know the sound of tooth removal isn’t a pleasant one. When a dental extraction is necessary, we make sure every aspect of the procedure is stress-free and comfortable. Learn more about tooth removal below or contact us to schedule a consultation for tooth extraction in Petaluma, CA.Contact Us
How long does a tooth extraction take?
Dr. Serrano bases the approach of your dental extraction procedure on X-rays to assess the location, size, and position of the tooth. During the extraction, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the extraction site to prevent discomfort during the procedure. Once numb, a simple extraction may take half an hour, whereas a more complex extraction for impacted or back of the mouth teeth could take longer.
How long is the healing time for a tooth extraction?
Healing from a dental extraction will vary based on the complexity of the extraction and aftercare. In most cases, patients can expect the initial healing to occur over the course of a week. During this time, the gum tissue will start to close over the extraction site, and any discomfort or swelling should gradually subside. However, complete healing, including the formation of new bone in the socket, can take several months, and you’ll want to remain conscious of the extraction site until then.
What is the aftercare for a tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction in Petaluma, CA, it’s essential to follow proper aftercare to promote healing and minimal discomfort. Aftercare may include maintaining and rotating a gauze pad over the extraction site to control bleeding, avoiding strenuous activities, and refraining from spitting or rinsing on the day of extraction. For the first few days after tooth removal, it’s best to stick to soft foods and avoid using straws and smoking. We encourage you to be diligent with oral hygiene but gentle when brushing near the extraction site.