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Omid Barkhordar, DDS

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Tooth Extraction

Your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime – but that’s not always the reality. In many cases, one or more of your teeth may need to be extracted due to decay, trauma or another problem. When this occurs, few dentists are more qualified than Dr. Barkhordar to remove the tooth, address the underlying issue and restore your oral health.


Reasons for a tooth extraction

Crowding issues. In many cases, Dr. Barkhordar will need to extract certain teeth if your jaw is not large enough to accommodate them.

Infection. If tooth decay and damage is extensive and reaches all the way to the pulp of the tooth, an extraction may be necessary to prevent the infection from worsening and affecting the surrounding structures.

Gum disease. If gum disease has caused substantial damage and led to loose teeth, the affected structures may need to be permanently removed.


What to expect during your tooth extraction

Your tooth extraction will be performed in the comfort of Dr. Barkhordar’s Santa Barbara office. To begin, he will apply local anesthesia to numb the entire area and prevent you from experiencing any pain. If you’re having more than one tooth removed, he may administer a stronger anesthesia to ensure your safety.

Your actual procedure will be completely customized based on your unique needs. For example, if the affected tooth is impacted, Dr. Barkhordar will first eliminate the gum and bone tissue that’s covering the tooth, before grasping the structure and gently moving it back and forth until it completely separates from the jawbone. However, if you possess a tooth that is particularly difficult to remove, Dr. Barkhordar may extract the tooth in tiny fragments, rather than as one whole structure. Once the entire tooth has been extracted, Dr. Barkhordar will close the incisions with self-dissolving stiches, before placing gauze in the empty socket to control bleeding and promote healing.


Your recovery

Immediately after you’ve had a tooth extracted, you’ll be sent home to begin the healing process, which typically lasts about one to two weeks. During this time, it’s critical that you give yourself plenty of time to recover by resting regularly and limiting your activities. It’s normal to experience some pain as you progress through this period, though Dr. Barkhordar will prescribe you medication to help manage any discomfort.

As you heal, it’s important to take your painkillers as prescribed, bite down on gauze to reduce bleeding and apply ice to minimize swelling. You’ll also want to adopt a soft-food diet of items like soup, pudding and applesauce for at least the first day, before slowly incorporating more solid foods back into your diet as the area heals. To avoid dislodging the blood clot that’s formed inside the empty tooth socket, it’s critical that you avoid rinsing your mouth, using straws and spitting forcefully. You can still brush and floss your teeth normally, just avoid irritating the extraction area.

During the first 24 hours, some pain, swelling and bleeding is completely normal and to be expected. However, if the bleeding continues or is very severe, and you experience nausea, signs of an infection or discharge in the area, call Dr. Barkhordar immediately.


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Beautiful, strong and healthy teeth can transform your appearance and your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Santa Barbara office – and let us give you the megawatt smile you deserve.


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