One of the main goals of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth. Your dentist, working in conjunction with your periodontist, will do whatever is required to maintain the health and stability of your teeth. In some cases, a tooth may become so damaged or decayed that it simply cannot be saved. The best approach is to extract and replace the tooth in these situations.
At Burbank Periodontics, we have 70 years of combined experience performing tooth extractions. We always prioritize patient comfort and safety. And we are happy to discuss different options to replace the extracted tooth, including dental implants.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are several reasons why you might require a tooth extraction. Some of the most common causes include:
- The tooth has become broken, often due to a traumatic accident or a collision.
- The tooth has become significantly damaged and deteriorated due to untreated periodontal disease.
- There is an abscess around the tooth, resulting in significant pain.
- The tooth is impacted, meaning it remains partly or completely trapped under gum tissue instead of erupting properly.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, you may benefit from tooth extraction.
A Walkthrough of Our Process
When you join us for a consultation, your doctor will perform a physical evaluation of your teeth, jaw, and gums. Additionally, your doctor will review relevant X-rays and other medical images, often provided in advance by your regular dentist. Based on this information, your doctor will confirm your need for an extraction and discuss the specifics of your treatment plan.
For tooth extractions, we can provide several sedation options. These options include both oral and IV sedation, along with nitrous gas. We are happy to discuss the appropriate sedation options for the procedure that align with your comfort and anxiety levels.
The specifics of your tooth extraction will depend on a few factors, such as whether the tooth is broken and whether the tooth is impacted. Sometimes, tooth extraction can take as little as 15 to 20 minutes, and for more complex situations, the appointment may last up to an hour.
While you should not experience any pain during the extraction, some mild discomfort is normal after the extraction. There are options for managing pain, but most patients fare just fine with ibuprofen and other over-the-counter remedies.
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Once your non-viable tooth has been safely extracted, we can begin restoring your smile via dental implants.
To learn more about tooth extraction in Burbank, CA, we welcome you to contact us at (818) 842-6162.