With proper care, you can probably maintain your natural teeth for your entire life. However, many things can happen that could necessitate an extraction. A tooth that has been severely infected beyond being able to be treated with a dental filling or root canal will need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading. Our Los Angeles dentist typically reserves extraction as a last resort when there is no other way to save a tooth.
Many patients are concerned about getting a tooth pulled because they do not want a huge gap in their smile, but our expert in dental extraction in Los Angeles offers several different kinds of restorations to replace the missing tooth. Crowns and bridges look just like your natural teeth, and they will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position.
There are several ways our dentist may go about extracting a tooth. If enough of the tooth is exposed, we may be able to perform a simple extraction using forceps to gently rock it out of place. If a tooth is not completely erupted from the gums, as would be the case for wisdom teeth, our dentist will need to perform a surgical extraction.