What is a tooth extraction?

tooth-extractionHaving a tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. Before pulling a tooth, our skilled dentists will numb the area. The dentists will cut away the gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth if the tooth is impacted. After the tooth has been pulled, our dentists will have you bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding, and we will provide you with instructions on how to care for your smile as it heals. In some cases, the dentists will place a few stitches to close the gums over the extraction site.

Do I need a tooth extraction?

A tooth may need to be pulled for a number of reasons. A crowded mouth may have a tooth pulled to allow the other teeth to align. If there is not room for a tooth to break the gums, we may recommend a tooth extraction in Encino, California. If you have infection in the pulp of a tooth too extensive for a root canal to remedy, extraction may be necessary. Some patients cannot afford even the risk of infection due to chemotherapy or an organ transplant. These procedures compromise the immune system and make any infection dangerous. If this is the case and your tooth is at risk of infection, Drs. Howard and Howard may extract the tooth.

If you have any questions about tooth extraction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please call The Dental Office of Encino today!