TOOTH EXTRACTIONS 2017-11-21T17:43:49+00:00


You may feel as though you are in need of a tooth extraction for a multitude of reasons, and Dr. Dean Salo is ready to help. Reasons for needing a tooth extraction can vary from advanced periodontal disease, severe tooth decay, or a broken tooth that is irreparable to impacted teeth or preparation for orthodontic treatment.

Problems may follow the removal of a tooth. Your ability to chew could be impaired, your jaw joint could have problems, or your teeth may start shifting. If these complications continue, your overall dental health can be majorly impacted.

These problems should be avoided at all costs. In order to do so, Dr. Dean Salo will be available to discuss alternatives to extractions.


In order to numb the area around your jawbone, gums, and tooth, a local anesthetic will be used during the extraction procedure.

It is more common than not to experience pressure throughout the entire procedure. This is because of how the tooth is being rocked in order to widen the socket in preparation for removal.

Although you will feel pressure, the anesthetic will work to numb the nerves and ease the pain.

If you happen to feel any pain throughout the extraction, please let us know immediately.


Sectioning may be required for some teeth. This may have to be done if your tooth is anchored in its socket or the root is curved, which leaves no room for the socket to expand and for the tooth to be removed. If this is the case, the tooth will be cut into sections and removed one section at a time.

For more information regarding Tooth Extractions or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean Salo, call Los Angeles Office Phone Number 323-933-2400.



Once you have your tooth extracted, the formation of a blood clot is vital. This must form in order for the bleeding to stop and the healing process to begin. When you get home, it is important to use a gauze pad to bite on for 30-45 minutes. Should the bleeding or oozing continue, you might need to bite firmly on another gauze pad for an additional 30 minutes. Do not be worried if you have to do this several times.

You must keep the blood clot alone after it forms. This means do not smoke, drink alcohol, suck on straws, vigorously rinse your mouth, or brush your teeth near the extraction site for 72 hours. Engaging in these activities may impede on the overall healing process by dissolving or moving the clot. Strenuous activities should be limited for the next 24 hours. This is important because you do not want to cause more bleeding from the extraction site and increase your blood pressure.

It is not uncommon to experience pain or swelling after the procedure. An ice pack can be applied to the area in order to minimize swelling. It is likely to subside after 48 hours.

Pain medication should only be used as advised. If you do not think the medication is working, please call our office. You should continue to take antibiotics if they are prescribed for as long as directed, even if the infection is seemingly gone. Drinking fluids and eating healthy, soft food the day of your extraction is also important. You should be able to eat normally once you feel comfortable.

Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly at least once a day 24 hours after your extraction. Not only does this contribute to a fresh and clean mouth, but it can also speed up the healing process.

You should be able to resume your day-to-day activities after a few days. You should immediately call our office if you are in severe pain, see swelling lasting for 2-3 days, notice a reaction to the medication, or are bleeding heavily.