Dental Extraction Porter Ranch
If missing teeth are something to avoid, you might wonder why tooth extraction is performed. Extraction can become necessary for several reasons. For instance, some teeth cannot be fixed because they have been so badly damaged in one way or another. In certain cases, Porter Ranch patients may choose extraction over another option, such as root canal. Fortunately, there are also a host of choices for replacing teeth after dental extraction.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Reasons for undergoing dental extraction may originate inside or outside of the mouth. Decay, while often simple to repair in its early stages, can badly damage tooth structure if it is left untreated. Accidents, such as car collisions, can leave teeth broken or fractured. Although restoration may be advisable for many cases of tooth damage depending on the condition of the teeth, extraction can be less costly.
The Process of Extracting Teeth
Tooth extraction is always performed under anesthesia, and many patients from Porter Ranch also receive sedation to make the procedure easier to tolerate. Teeth that are fully erupted and structurally sound enough can often be pulled out with forceps after being loosened. However, the process can be more complex in certain cases, such as when teeth are only partially erupted or when they are severely lacking in structure. In these latter cases, our dentist may make incisions and break the tooth into pieces for easier removal. Like other invasive procedures, this is completed by stitching the incisions closed so the tissue can heal.
Options After Tooth Extraction
After dental extraction, patients can replace their teeth in different ways based on their candidacy and goals. Dental implants are the top choice for appearance, oral health, and long-term durability. Another stationary option is a dental bridge. Finally, removable dentures are a faster, less expensive choice.
Good dental care at home and at our office can help minimize risks of needing tooth extraction. When Porter Ranch patients have damaged teeth, our Northridge dentist will explain all treatment options regarding restoration, extraction, and replacement. Patients can schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about how our dentist performs dental extractions.