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There are several reasons why you might need your dentist, Dr. Jorge de la Osa, to extract a tooth. This could be due to severe untreated tooth decay, dental avulsion, a badly damaged tooth, or an overcrowding issue. With some basic preparation and quality aftercare, you can recover free from potential complications.

Dr. Jorge de la Osa can usually extract a tooth in a single outpatient appointment. If you need to be sedated during the extraction, he will recommend arranging a driver to take you home.

While your gums are healing, you should try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. Try to choose soft foods to reduce the amount of effort on your jaw muscles. Staying hydrated is important for the recovery process. Just try not to drink through a straw as the suction could potentially open the incision.

It’s best to abstain from using tobacco as it can irritate sensitive gum tissues, increasing recovery time and potentially causing an infection.

The incision in the gums might bleed a little during the first few days after the extraction. When this happens, you can bite down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can then rinse your mouth clean with lukewarm saltwater.

Dr. Jorge de la Osa might prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. You should take them as directed.

If you’re concerned that one of your teeth needs treatment or extraction in Commerce, California, you should call 323.266.2120 to schedule an appointment at Sunshine Dental Group.