Dental Extraction Expectations

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Pulling a tooth is not as traumatic as the clichés. Knowing what to expect can mellow your anxieties before your appointment, and make sure no surprises arise. Remember, reports of pain during extractions are rare.

Your dentist begins by delivering a local anesthetic thru an injection. This numbs the extraction site so you won’t feel much except the occasional pulling sensation. There is the noise factor to consider, which is why so many dentists suggest you listen to music through headphones or earbuds. A dental extraction can be loud, as the tooth being rocked back and forth produces a lot of cracking.

Sometimes, the cracking sound really is something breaking—occasionally the tooth root. The pressure needed to extract a tooth is only slightly less than the pressure that fractures a tooth. If your root breaks, our expert in dental extractions in Los Angeles is trained in crisis management—which usually consists of finding the displaced root and extracting it along with the tooth. Typically, all this adds to the procedure is time.
Some bone may break during the extraction. This is also fairly routine, and the fracture heals with the extraction site itself.

For all your extraction concerns, contact our Los Angeles dentist.

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to be Extracted?

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Many patients benefit from having their wisdom teeth removed, but not all patients require it. With that said, wisdom teeth can cause serious problems and should be removed when warning signs arise. Below is more about this issue and what problematic wisdom teeth can cause.

When Wisdom Teeth Do Not Cause Problems

Some patients have plenty of room in their mouth for wisdom teeth, so overcrowding is unlikely to occur. Even some impacted wisdom teeth cause no problems, especially when they have only just emerged. In any case, the potential for problems from specific wisdom teeth should be determined through an exam by our Northridge dentist.

What Problems Can Happen from Wisdom Teeth?

Besides overcrowding, which can cause orthodontic problems, wisdom teeth can be highly prone to decay and can cause gum disease if they are impacted. This is mainly because crannies tend to develop around these teeth, allowing food and bacteria to settle there. Pericoronitis, an infection of gum tissue overhanging wisdom teeth, can also develop.

Wisdom teeth do not necessarily need to be removed unless they cause problems or are deemed risky after an exam. By scheduling a consultation with our expert in wisdom teeth extraction in Northridge, patients can learn more about the issues that wisdom teeth can cause.

Steps in Dental Extraction


A dental extraction is a procedure in which a tooth is removed from the jaw. Extractions are typically performed when a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, or when it threatens the health of other teeth. In some cases, teeth may also need to be extracted when a patient is suffering from advanced periodontitis. Our dentist can help you decide if a dental extraction is right for you.

Several steps are involved in a typical extraction. We will begin by taking X-rays and other images to identify the precise location of the tooth and its roots and determine the best way to extract it. If the tooth has erupted above the gum line, a simple extraction can be used to remove it. If the tooth is impacted or has not yet erupted, you may need a surgical extraction.

Next, the tooth will be numbed. A local anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable, but you may also benefit from sedation if you are feeling anxious or nervous. Once the tooth has been removed, you will be instructed to bite down on gauze. This controls the bleeding. Our expert in dental extraction in West Hollywood may then prescribe medications for your safety and comfort, and will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.