Dental Extraction Procedures in Van Nuys
There are many treatment paths that address painful teeth, including fillings and crowns. But when those courses of treatment don’t alleviate the problem, a tooth extraction may be necessary. This procedure safely removes a decayed or broken tooth from the socket in the jaw bone.
When you visit Affordable Dental in Van Nuys, you will receive dedicated care and benefit from our office’s state of the art equipment.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
When infection caused by tooth decay severely compromises your overall health, the only solution is to remove the tooth altogether. By removing the tooth, you lessen the possibility of the infection spreading. If you experience irreparable damage to your teeth from mouth trauma, an extraction may be needed to reduce discomfort. Sometimes alignment issues can be solved by extraction, such as when an orthodontist needs to straighten crowded teeth but does not have not enough room to have them spread out evenly.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
There are many steps involved when getting a tooth extracted. After we conduct a full examination, take digital x-rays, and rule out other procedures, we will verify that you are fit for surgery by checking your medical history. For patients with infected teeth, we will ensure you have the right antibiotics. Additionally, if dental anxiety plays a factor, we can prescribe you a sedative to help you relax. When the time for surgery arrives, the doctor will numb the area with an anesthetic.
After the procedure, healing generally takes a few weeks. We will ensure the bleeding subsides and you have anti-inflammatory and analgesics to lessen any pain or discomfort. While the initial healing takes place, we recommend that you avoid foods difficult to chew, brushing in the extraction area, and alcohol.
Types of ExtractionThere are two types of extractions, the simple and the surgical extraction. A simple extraction is for teeth that are not impacted and can be loosened with a dental tool called an elevator. Once loosened, we will pull the tooth out by using forceps. For a surgical extraction, the tooth is not fully erupted, making it not easily accessible to loosen with the elevator, so it may require making an incision in the gums to gain better access to the tooth.
Contact Us in Van NuysWhether it’s due to trauma or infection, if tooth pain is disrupting your life, our team at Affordable Dental can help you understand all the courses of treatment that can help you get back to a more comfortable existence. For those living in Van Nuys, Panorama City, or Northridge, give our caring staff a call to set up your appointment today.