Tooth Extraction Granada Hills
Tooth extraction, also known as tooth removal, is a common but sometimes dreaded dental procedure. Usually performed only when a tooth cannot be saved with repair, extraction is actually easy to tolerate thanks to anesthesia and dental sedation options. Furthermore, the availability of different tooth replacements ensures that Granada Hills patients can still count on normal function and appearance after having teeth removed. Read more about tooth extraction below, including why and how this treatment is performed, and what dental sedation options are available.
Why Do Patients Have Teeth Extracted?
Extraction is not usually the first option to be considered, but it may ultimately be done out of necessity or preference. Damaged teeth, either from decay or trauma, must either be repaired or removed for the health of the patient. When the damage cannot be addressed successfully by restorations because it is too severe, extraction is likely advised instead. However, some Granada Hills patients who do have the option of restoration decide to go with extraction because it costs less, works quicker, or both. When a toothache is present, extraction will work as quickly as a root canal to restore comfort.
How Are Teeth Extracted?
Patients who have chosen dental sedation receive it before extraction starts. Teeth are usually first loosened with a special tool before being pulled out with forceps, a tool similar to pliers. In some cases, such as with wisdom teeth, incisions are made so that the roots can be accessed. Local anesthesia administered to the gums around the tooth ensures total numbness so that patients feel no pain during the procedure. Dental sedation options for eligible patients include inhaled, oral, and IV.
Following tooth extraction, Granada Hills patients should follow the instructions of Dr. Assili and Dr. Elyson to support proper healing. Common recommendations include avoiding tobacco and hard foods, which can disrupt the healing tissues. Antibiotics are often prescribed so that an infection does not occur. Although over-the-counter pain relievers can help patients stay comfortable following tooth extraction, prescription pain medication may also be recommended. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist in Granada Hills to learn more about how teeth are extracted at our office.