As a Los Angeles dentist, I know many patients who have never had a tooth extraction are afraid of having it done. Others who had a bad experience years ago aren’t aware that it should never be painful.
What I tell them is that at Wilshire Smile Studio we have all the latest tools to make this a routine procedure:
*First, we take a digital x-ray (which uses a very small amount of radiation) to show us what the problem tooth looks like under the surface of the gum. It might turn out that extraction isn’t the ideal solution. The shape of the tooth might require a special approach. It may reveal that the jawbone under the tooth needs a graft to provide support.
*Second, we can take a 3-D CT scan to provide a more detailed view of the teeth and nerves to determine the exact course to take in surgery.
*Before surgery, you can have a local anesthetic injected, full sedation with an intravenous drip, or have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) administered. Afterward, you will be prescribed the appropriate pain medication to be taken for a short time before switching to over-the-counter options.
When should you consider having a tooth extracted?
*When a tooth has been broken and can’t be repaired.
*When a large filling or a crown has come off and the tooth underneath is too decayed to make a replacement advisable.
*When teeth are too crowded to be easily cleaned or they are creating misalignment.
*When the wisdom teeth, the last one on each side of the upper and lower, become impacted (not come in properly).
Our Los Angeles dentist and extraction team can answer any questions you might have, such as how to care for the area while it heals and what your options are to replace the tooth, such as a dental implant or bridge. If a tooth falls out, rather than being removed, the gap needs to be filled as soon as possible or the teeth will begin to move out of proper alignment, leading to gum disease.
You can learn more at www.LADentist.com
Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.