The extraction of a tooth can make a huge impact on your oral health. By removing a single tooth, the patient can experience problems in their chewing function, problems in how the jaw joint functions, and the shifting of neighboring teeth, which can then have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, in most cases, our team of surgeons, Dr. Robert G. Hale, Dr. James P. Jensvold, or Dr. Peterson will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as options for the replacement of the extracted tooth.
Why are teeth extracted?
Teeth may need to be extracted for some reasons, generally to promote the health of the mouth. Extraction may be necessary if:
The Extraction Process
There are two types of extractions, non-surgical and surgical. Once we have ensured that the patient is comfortable by numbing the tooth, jawbone, and gum, the process can begin.
A non-surgical extraction can be performed with the tooth is fully extended and not severely damaged. One of our surgeons, Dr. Robert G. Hale, Dr. James P. Jensvold, or Dr. Peterson, will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth from the socket. The patient will experience high pressure, but should not feel pain due to the anesthesia. If the tooth breaks or is not able to lift easily, a non-surgical extraction can turn into a surgical extraction.
A surgical extraction means that some cuts to the gum tissue are necessary. Often the tooth requires removal by sectioning. Surgical extractions are a very common procedure. We will cut the tooth into sections removing each section one at a time.
Following your extraction, we will review care instructions with you. It is very important to be observant of possible bleeding problems or anything out of the ordinary such as running a fever. We urge you to contact our office or seek medical help if your healing process seems unusual.
For more information on dental extractions, contact our office, Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at: (818) 999-0900.