Tooth Extractions Dentist in Century City, Beverly Hills & Los Angeles
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
Before removing your tooth, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed.
The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. There are additional reasons for tooth extraction:
- Severe tooth decay or infection (acute or chronic alveolar abscess). Despite the reduction in worldwide prevalence of dental caries, still it is the most common reason for extraction of (non-third molar) teeth with up to two thirds of extractions.
- Extra teeth which are blocking other teeth from coming in.
- Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth.
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces).
- Teeth in the fracture line.
- Teeth which cannot be restored endodontically.
- Fractured teeth.
- Prosthetics; teeth detrimental to the fit or appearance of dentures
- Cosmetic; teeth of poor appearance, unsuitable for restoration
Removing the tooth can help keep infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth.
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