Dental extractions are not typically a first line treatment for most problem teeth, but they are a necessary treatment for teeth that cannot be saved through other means. Our West Hollywood dentist may recommend a dental extraction if you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, baby teeth that have not fallen out on time, impacted teeth, or teeth that are interfering with orthodontic treatment.
The process for having a tooth extracted is usually straightforward. Before the procedure, we will obtain a complete medical and dental history, as well as a list of all current over-the-counter and prescription medications. We then take an X-ray to determine the best way to remove the tooth. Some patients may need to begin taking antibiotics before the procedure depending on their needs.
During the procedure, we will give you a local anesthetic to completely numb the area around the tooth, meaning the process should be painless. This is to prevent you from feeling any discomfort. However, you might feel some pressure as the tooth is loosened. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes once the anesthetic has taken effect, and gauze will be placed over the extraction site to help stop bleeding.
A surgical extraction can be more complex. We will need to make an incision to access the tooth, but after the incision, the tooth is usually removed much like in a simple extraction. Stitches may be needed to close the incision. Call our expert in dental extraction in West Hollywood today to learn more about extractions or to schedule an appointment with our team.