In many cases of decay or trauma, a tooth can be saved through a root canal treatment. Unfortunately, there are some cases where your tooth will not be able to be saved. In these instances, your tooth will need to be extracted. Depending on the case and severity of the tooth, simple extraction and surgical extraction are the two different types of dental extraction that can be performed.
A simple extraction is done when the dentist is able to see the entire crown of the tooth in the mouth. For this type of extraction, usually only local anesthetic is necessary. However, for some patients, our San Fernando Valley dentists may administer a mild sedative, as well. During this procedure, the dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth. Forceps are then used to pull the tooth out of your mouth.
A surgical extraction is required when a tooth has broken off at or near the gumline, or when a tooth has not yet fully erupted through the gums. Patients will be given a local anesthetic and a heavier dose of sedation for a surgical extraction. Sometimes general anesthesia is even used in this procedure. The dentist will then make an incision in your gum and lift it back to remove the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed in pieces.
It is always important to follow the aftercare instructions of your dentist as soon as you have had a tooth extracted. This is the best way to prevent a painful condition known as dry socket.
If you have a tooth that you think may require extraction, contact our expert in tooth extractions in San Fernando Valley to set up a consultation.