While our focus at Smile Santa Maria Dental is on preventative care, we perform tooth extractions on a regular basis. We are always looking for ways to avoid an extraction by keeping your oral health in good shape. This means that we will clean your teeth on a regular basis, discuss a healthy diet with you, and treat gum disease, cavities, and infections as they arise in order to keep your teeth healthy and intact. As a general dentist, Dr. Nolan will also restore your tooth if it has been damaged – all of which can help you to maintain your natural teeth for years to come.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, there are several ways that the procedure can be conducted. During your examination, we will let you know if your tooth can be saved or if a tooth extraction is the best option for preventing the spread of infection and eliminating your discomfort. We will take the steps necessary to ensure your comfort so that regardless of which treatment option you select, you will feel relaxed during the process.
At Smile Santa Maria Dental, we perform a tooth extraction in the least invasive manner possible so that the recovery time is shortened. Most of our patients will recover in the office for around an hour while we make sure that the bleeding has sufficiently slowed down, and any anesthesia is wearing off. We typically recommend having someone pick you up after having a tooth extraction. At home, you will want to rest and taking a nap is highly recommended. Be sure to drink plenty of water but avoid drinking anything that is too hot or too cold as this could lead to sensitivity for the first couple of days.
If you are experiencing discomfort or your tooth is in need of repair, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.