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.