Tooth Extraction Northridge
A tooth extraction is a procedure that removes a tooth from its socket. Although our goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible, extractions can be necessary in some situations. Our dentist in Northridge may recommend an extraction if you have a tooth that cannot be saved or if it is compromising the health of other teeth. Here is what you need to know about dental extractions.
You may be a candidate for a tooth extraction if you have a tooth that:
• Is too badly damaged or decayed to save with a filling, crown, or other restoration
• Cannot be saved with a bone or soft tissue graft
• Is preventing other teeth from erupting
• Is preventing successful orthodontic treatment
• Is badly infected
• Cannot properly erupt or is impacted
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often need to be extracted even if they are seemingly healthy. This is because they can lead to future problems. In particular, impacted wisdom teeth, or wisdom teeth that do not erupt properly, can crowd other teeth, become infected, decay, or cause cysts and pain to develop. They may also erupt at improper angles or damage other teeth as they erupt. Extracting them can prevent problems now and in the future, and protect your long-term dental health.
Before a tooth extraction, we will take dental X-rays or other images to examine the roots and other features of the tooth and surrounding structures to determine the best way to proceed with the extraction. We will also take your medical and dental history, and request a list of your medications, including vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs.
Anesthesia is used to numb the extraction site, and the tooth is carefully loosened before being removed from its socket. If the tooth has not yet erupted, a small incision will be made in the gums before proceeding. This is known as a surgical tooth extraction. After the tooth has been removed, a stitch may be placed to close the incision, and you will bite down on gauze to help stop the bleeding. Our Northridge dentist will give you detailed aftercare instructions, which will ensure proper healing and a reduced risk of complications. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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