Tooth Decay Leads to Extractions
Fountain Valley, CA
Whether you are receiving treatment for gum disease or general tooth decay, the primary goal of dentistry is restoration. Our professionals at Bijan Family Dental Practice strive to provide you with the very best treatment possible to preserve and restore your natural teeth. However, this is not always possible due to a variety of factors. When your natural tooth cannot be saved due to severe decay or damage, an extraction will be needed.
Extractions are a very simple procedure involving the removal of a tooth or teeth. During an extraction, our team will first provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure the procedure area is numb. They will then grasp the tooth with forceps and gently manipulate the tooth until it is removed from the gums. If your tooth is deeply entrenched, our professionals may have to break the tooth and remove it in small fragments.
When Are Extractions Needed?
Extractions are generally needed for one of two main reasons. One cause for extraction is when a tooth has suffered severe damage. If you have experienced dental trauma that has damaged a tooth past the point of repair through a restorative procedure, an extraction will be needed to alleviate your pain and discomfort. After the painful, damaged tooth has been removed, our team can focus on restoring your smile through other procedures.
The other reason that an extraction is necessary is when severe tooth decay is present. Sometimes, tooth decay can be treated through the use of restorative procedures such as dental fillings or crowns. However, when tooth decay has damaged your tooth’s root and begun to cause infection, an extraction is needed.
If a severely decayed tooth is left in place, the infection can affect your gums and even adjacent teeth. This infection can make it necessary for our team to prescribe you antibiotics either before the extraction takes place or after it is completed. A severely decayed tooth can also begin to affect the health of your jawbone underneath the tooth and can cause bone loss.
What Is Done After An Extraction?
There are several follow-up treatments available after an extraction is completed. The type of restorative procedure will depend on your preferences and the location of the extracted tooth or teeth. It will also depend upon the number of teeth that you have removed.
For example, if our team only needs to extract a single tooth towards the rear of your mouth, immediate replacement may not be warranted. However, if you require the extraction of a large number of teeth, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are installed by using surgically implanted posts and replacement teeth that attach to these posts. Dental implants are a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration option.
Before any follow-up procedures can be scheduled, our team must first allow the extraction site to heal. This can take a few weeks, depending on whether or not you need sutures on your gum line. Our team at Bijan Family Dental Practice will review all of our restorative procedures and help you make the best decision to suit your needs. If you are experiencing dental pain due to a damaged or decayed tooth, call us at (714) 421-4494 and make your appointment today.